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From Murals and Graphic Novels to Smartphone Apps: Asian Women Giving Circle
NEW YORK CITY, NY (July 2014) A large-scale public mural in Brooklyn’s Chinatown and a graphic novel aimed at educating New York City’s immigrant communities about their civil liberties are among seven artists and community groups receiving grants from the Asian Women Giving Circle this year.
“This year’s grantees represent a vibrant cross-section of Asian American artists and community groups in New York City that are harnessing the power of arts and culture to bear witness to injustice and inspire people to take action in their own lives,” said Hali Lee, founder of the Asian Women Giving Circle. “We are pleased to honor these culture-makers who are challenging the status quo with their own bold visions of a more fair, just and inclusive society.”
The 2014 Asian Women Giving Circle project grantees are:
Documentary Film: What Happened to Danny?
Educational Video: Asian Kids Don't Count
Mural: We Come from the Future
Storytelling and Photography: Shifting the Power of Storytelling into the Hands of Women. Created by CAAAV (Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence)
Graphic Novel: DANGER! Police Involvement in Mass Deportation
Community Storytelling Project: Kavad: Mother Tongue
Multimedia Project: Parvati Saves the World
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Total Funds Distributed: $544,500 to fund 64 project grants from 2006 to 2013.
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The Many Faces of NYC’s Asian America: Asian Women Giving Circle
NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 20, 2013) – From long-time Chinatown residents to newly arrived Cambodian teenagers in the Bronx, from domestic workers rights to telling the stories of sexually exploited women and girls, the many individual people, social issues and stories that make up New York City’s evolving Asian American community are mirrored by the eight artists and community-based organizations selected for project grants from the Asian Women Giving Circle this year.
“The incredible range of experiences explored in the proposals we received this year – and reflected in our eight grantees –speaks to the vibrancy and diversity of our community here in New York City and the greater Asian diaspora, and the urgency with which artists are working to bring those experiences to the forefront to create political and social change,” said Asian Women Giving Circle Founder Hali Lee.
Asian Pride Project – A $12,000 grant for Our Portraits, Our Family, a group photography exhibit that will feature portraits of individuals and families from the Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ community, which has been historically underrepresented and silenced. The grant will help mount a gallery exhibit showcasing these families. www.asianprideproject.org
Chang-Jin Lee – A $15,000 grant for Comfort Women Wanted, a public art project incorporating interviews with survivors of Japanese “comfort stations” where women were imprisoned as sex slaves during World War II and how this is related to the ongoing sexual trafficking of women and girls today. The grant will support installation of ad-like art displays in collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Urban Art initiative, kiosk phone booth posters at major sites citywide and a panel discussion at Columbia University. www.changjinlee.net
Fine Grain Films – A $5,500 grant to create a website, companion curriculum and score for Claiming Our Voice, a short documentary that follows a group of South Asian female domestic worker immigrants as they create an original theatrical production that shines an intimate light on their struggles and lives in the US. www.kickstarter.com/projects/pritheeva/claiming-our-voice-a-documentary-film
Hima B. – A $5,000 grant to support a final cut of License to Pimp, a documentary by a first-time filmmaker that documents the lives of three strippers as they struggle within a profession that does not formally recognize their rights as workers. The film casts an unflinching eye on the financial hardships that can lead some strippers to prostitution and explores this new frontier in labor justice. www.licensetopimp.com
Mekong – A $15,000 grant for this community-based organization that serves the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx to launch Culture and Arts Resistance, an eight-week intergenerational summer program where young and elder women will work collaboratively on a storytelling and photography project aimed at community building and healing, touching on topics including immigration and political trauma. The project will be exhibited at the Bronx Museum and venues within the Cambodian community. www.mekongnyc.org
Museum of the Chinese in the Americas – A $5,000 grant for Portraits of New York Chinatown, a collaborative arts project led by artist Tomie Arai that will incorporate interviews with Chinatown residents on issues including gentrification and an invitation to the public to bring objects from their personal collections. The project culminates in an exhibition in the MOCA galleries in September 2013 that will include portraiture, interview excerpts, photographs and objects. www.mocanyc.org
Rising Circle Theatre Collective – A $3,500 grant to support “Q Up,” a free, out-of-school, four-day program that will pair 20-24 Asian American/South Asian high school and college-age young women from Queens, NY, with professional female artists to create and perform their own stories, including at a staged reading at Queens College. www.risingcircle.org
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective – A $10,000 grant for Freedom. Safety. NOW!, a project triggered by the 2012 fatal rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi, incorporates dance, music and art to raise awareness of sexual and gender-based violence and sexual freedom in Asia and in Asian American communities. SAWCC plans to stage performances in coordination with NYU for Gender Violence Awareness Week and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. www.sawcc.org
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Asian Women Giving Circle Awards $55,000 in Project Grants to NYC Artists
Grantees Illuminate Experiences of Asian American Women in US and Beyond,
NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 28, 2012) – A documentary about the community response to the death of Private Danny Chen, an oral history project on the lives of domestic workers and a film featuring Muslim American comics are among the nine recipients of the 2012 Asian Women Giving Circle (“AWGC”) project grants for arts that contribute to cultural and political change.
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Asian Women Giving Circle Grantee Video -Sondra Hardy AWGC participated in the opinion leaders call about the research findings in Women Give 2010. Your thoughtful comments helped to shape responses to many media inquiries we received. The press release and full report are available at: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/womengive/ Jeanne Chinard has written a wonderful article about AWGC and our MOCA event on her blog http://www.etyand.com/journal/2010/10/26/asian-women-giving-circle.html PAST NEWS & EVENTS Asian Women Giving Circle October 2006 Year End Event
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AWGC participated in the opinion leaders call about the research findings in Women Give 2010. Your thoughtful comments helped to shape responses to many media inquiries we received.
The press release and full report are available at: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/womengive/
Jeanne Chinard has written a wonderful article about AWGC and our MOCA event on her blog http://www.etyand.com/journal/2010/10/26/asian-women-giving-circle.html
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Asian Women Giving Circle October 2006 Year End Event