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Get your laugh on because...
THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING!

Benefit screening for Asian Women Giving Circle
Featuring filmmaker Negin Farsad

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
6:30–9 pm
Helen Mills Theater
139 West 26th Street | New York City

6:30 - Doors open
7:00 - Screening
8:30 - Q&A with Negin Farsad/Reception

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE:
$60 Ticket
$100 Double Happiness (2 tickets)

All proceeds will benefit the Asian Women Giving Circle’s 2014 grant making pot.
Fair market value of the ticket is $20 and the remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

themuslimsarecoming.com
For more information, contact hali@asianwomengivingcircle.org




Join NQAPIA, GAPIMNY, Q-WAVE and SALGA for the 2014
COMMUNITY CATALYST AWARDS CELEBRATION

Saturday, March 29, 2014
6:00 to 10:00 PM

Salaam Bombay in TriBeCa
319 Greenwich Street, New York City

— HONORING —
Namita Chad
Q-WAVE
Andy Marra

$65 in advance / $75 after March 15
Full Indian buffet dinner, open beer and wine hour. Cash bar for well drinks.
Proceeds benefit the organizations’ programs and activities.

Contact glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org to inquire about a limited income rate,
host committee, sponsorships and program book ads.

Purchase tickets here
https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7100/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=69593



Asian Women Giving Circle's
Celebration of Activism Through the Arts
at MOCA
Asian Women Giving Circle's Celebration of Activism Through the Arts at MOCA 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6pm to 8pm
Location: The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013

You are invited to meet and mingle with the AWGC 2013 project grantees listed below.

There will also be a silent auction, wine, and delicious dim sum!

Ticket Prices:
$60 per single ticket
$100 for two tickets (Double Happiness)

To buy tickets: http://forwomen.org/AWGCevent
The fair market value of the ticket is $20 and the remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible

Total Funds Distributed: $544,500 to fund 64 project grants from 2006 to 2013.
Every donor can vote to decide what projects get funded.



Come and see some of the 2013 Grantee Projects

Group Photography Exhibit: The Asian Pride Project – Our Portraits, Our Family
Highlighting the diversity of Asian LGBTQ families
Created by Aries Lao and Suma Reddy of the Asian Pride Project
www.asianprideproject.org

Multi Media Public Art Project: Comfort Women Wanted
Women survivors of Japanese WWII "comfort stations" and the sex trafficking of Asian women today
Created by Chang-Jin Lee
www.changjinlee.net

Documentary: Claiming Our Voice
South Asian immigrant domestic workers create a theatrical production that shows
their struggles and survival strategies
Created by Jennifer Samuel and Fine Grain Films
www.claimingourvoice.com

Documentary: License to Pimp
Sex worker exploitation and labor issues
Created by Hima B.
licensetopimp.com

Summer Arts Program – Culture and Arts as Resistance
Program for Cambodian and Southeast Asian youth and elders to share their histories
and build community in the Bronx
Created by Chhaya Chhoum of Mekong
mekongnyc.org

Collaborative Community Art Project – Portraits of New York Chinatown
Gentrification and community change in Chinatown
Created by Tomie Arai and the Museum of Chinese in America
www.mocanyc.org

Theater Workshop: Q Up: Out of School Storytelling and Theatre Program
Pan Asian empowerment program for high school and college age girls in Queens, NY
Created by Farah Bala and Nancy Kim of the Rising Circle Theatre Collective
www.risingcircle.org

Public Art and Theater Performance: – Freedom. Safety. NOW!
Response to the fatal rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey to raise awareness of sexual and gender-based violence issues
Created by Jaishri Abichandani, Parijat Desai, and Shruti Parekh of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective
www.sawcc.org





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Hali Lee, Hali (at) asianwomengivingcircle.org

The Many Faces of NYC’s Asian America: Asian Women Giving Circle
Awards $71,000 in Arts Grants for Social Change to Artists and Community Groups

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.
The 2013 Asian Women Giving Circle project grantees are:

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

ABOUT THE ASIAN WOMEN GIVING CIRCLE
The Asian Women Giving Circle, the first and largest volunteer giving circle in the nation led by Asian American women, funds art projects that contribute to cultural and political change created by Asian American women artists and activists in New York City. Since 2006, the AWGC has raised and distributed nearly $550,000 in funding to arts and social change projects. Fiscally sponsored by the Ms. Foundation for Women, AWGC is a member of the Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the National Giving Circle Network. www.asianwomengivingcircle.org ##



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The Asian Women Giving Circle invites you to
Sip Shop and Swap!!
Sip, Shop, Swap 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013  6:00pm–8:30pm

Location: A beautiful penthouse apartment across
from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
(exact address will be distributed to confirmed guests)


We ask all guests to bring one or two gently used items from their closet
(like something you might sell on eBay), for our impromptu silent auction.

Special treat will be our own Tuhina De O’Connor, wine expert,
who will lead a tasting of affordable wines!

Suggested donation of $20 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit our 2013 grant making fund.

To RSVP, please email hali@asianwomengivingcircle.org




Asian Women Giving Circle's
Celebration of Activism Through the Arts at MOCA - September 26th
Celebration of Activism thru the Arts - Postoned until Fall 2012

Please join us on September 26th for the
Asian Women Giving Circle's
Celebration of Activism Through the Arts at MOCA

 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 6pm to 8pm
Location: The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013

Meet and mingle with the AWGC 2011 project grantees and
there will be a silent auction, wine, delicious dim sum and
a special performance by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai!

Early Bird Special - $50 per single ticket until Sept. 10th
$60 per single ticket
$100 for two tickets (Double Happiness)
To buy tickets: ms.foundation.org/CelebrationAWGC2012




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact: Angie Wang, 917-576-5423

Asian Women Giving Circle Awards $55,000 in Project Grants to NYC Artists
and Social Change Organizations

Grantees Illuminate Experiences of Asian American Women in US and Beyond,
from Comfort Women to Domestic Workers

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.

“This year we received an unprecedented number of applications – 50 percent more than we saw seven years ago when the Asian Women Giving Circle was founded,” said AWGC Founder Hali Lee. “Both the quality and quantity of the work we received speaks volumes about the vitality of arts within New York City’s Asian American community as a force for change.”

The recession has forced many states to slice their arts budgets for the 2012 fiscal year; over the past decade, government funding for the arts has dropped 42 percent nationwide, according to National Assembly of State Arts Agencies data. Funding for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has been reduced by nearly 30 percent over the past four years, the largest cut to any state agency. 

“When arts funding plummets, artists of color are historically among the hardest hit, which is why the Asian Women Giving Circle is more fiercely committed than ever to do what we can to support the vision of artists and arts organizations that seize the power of the arts for social change,” said Lee. The 2012 AWGC project grantees are:

Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) – The Thumbprint of Mukhtar Mai: A $5,000 project grant to support this chamber opera by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz, inspired by the story of Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman who was gang raped as a child and became the first woman in her country’s history to bring her rapists to justice. The opera will premiere in 2013-2014. www.kamalasankaram.com and www.bethmorrisonprojects.org

Chang-Jin Lee - Comfort Women Wanted: A $8,500 project grant for visual artist Chang-Jin Lee’s video based on interviews with Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Dutch women survivors of Japanese WWII “comfort stations.” The project aims to connect this historical atrocity to the continuing sexual exploitation and trafficking of Asian women today. www.changjinlee.net

Domestic Worker Oral History Project - Domestic Worker Oral History ProjectA $7,000 project grant to support community activists Dao Tran and Sarah Macaraeg, who are creating the first-ever multimedia collection of oral histories by US domestic workers, many of them Asian women, will be available online and published by the nonprofit Haymarket Books, with royalties going to domestic worker organizations. Home to approximately 200,000 domestic workers, NYC workers will represent the bulk of those interviewed. www.haymarketbooks.org

Lenora Lee Dance - Rescued Memories: NY Stories: A $5,000 project grant to support an interdisciplinary dance work inspired by stories of women who sought refuge from human trafficking in Lutheran and Presbyterian missions in NY Chinatown in the early 20th century, and  links their experience to their counterparts today. It will premiere at San Francisco’s de Young Museum fall 2013 and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NY in 2014.www.LenoraLeeDance.com

ManSee Kong – What Happened to Danny (Working Title): A $10,000 project grant to support director/producer ManSee Kong’s documentary about Private Danny Chen, whose death by gunshot suicide in the wake of brutal hazing by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, drew national attention. Kong, who was granted unprecedented access to Chen’s family, tracks the investigation into Danny’s death and the family and community’s efforts to seek justice.http://about.me/mansee

Moving Earth Productions –Formosa: A $3,000 project grant to support a solo show by poet, playwright, filmmaker, and activist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. The piece examines cultural identity, beauty and globalization through the history of Barbie doll manufacturing in Taiwan. Tsai plays four characters: a Spanish explorer in mid-1600s Formosa; a modern-day female hip-hop emcee; a young Chinese adoptee girl; and a Mattel factory worker. The show will premiere March 2013 at NYC’s HERE Arts Center. www.yellowgurl.com/category/projects

People’s Theatre Project – College Eye D: A $6,000 project grant to support a documentary theater piece led by award-winning playwright, actor, and filmmaker Christine Toy Johnson that addresses issues of identity and depression among Asian Pacific American (APA) and other women of color. The piece will be performed in conjunction with three colleges in the NYC area in 2013. www.christinetoyjohnson.com and www.PeoplesTheatreProject.org

The Muslims Are Coming! - The Muslims Are Coming!An $8,000 project grant to support this documentary feature directed and produced by comedian and filmmaker Negin Farsad, which follows a group of Muslim-American comedians as they perform standup shows, street actions, meet locals and explore Islamophobia from big cities to small towns through the lens of comedy. www.themuslimsarecoming.com and www.neginfarsad.com

Q-Wave - QAPI Collaborative Writing Workshop: A $2,500 project grant to support four writing workshops led by women writers in the fall 2012 led by Q-Wave in collaboration with Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York and the South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association of New York City. The project will culminate in an October 2012 public reading event, exploring issues of ethnicity and sexuality.
www.q-wave.org

ABOUT THE ASIAN WOMEN GIVING CIRCLE
The Asian Women Giving Circle, first and largest volunteer giving circle in the nation led by Asian American women, funds art projects that contribute to cultural and political change created by Asian American women artists and activists in New York City. Since 2006, the AWGC has raised and distributed over $430,000 in funding to arts and social change projects. Fiscally sponsored by the Ms. Foundation for Women, AWGC is a member of the Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the National Giving Circle Network. www.asianwomengivingcircle.org

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Annual Celebration of Activism Thru the Arts - POSTPONED until Fall 2012
Celebration of Activism thru the Arts - Postoned until Fall 2012

Dear Friends,

The Asian Women Giving Circle has decided to postpone our
Celebration of Arts and Activism until the Fall of 2012.

Enjoy the night off and instead of coming to another gala this month,
please make your donation to the Giving Circle's 2012 Grantmaking Fund!!
 
Please remember that ALL DONORS get the opportunity to VOTE on their top choices for funding. Our fundraising deadline this year is MAY 11. Please join us as we support Arts and Activism in the Asian American community!!

We received nearly 50 applications for funding and in our estimation, this is the strongest pool of applicants yet. There are amazing projects happening in our community from women artist activists addressing violence against women, trafficking, domestic workers rights, bullying, queer issues. We've heard from filmmakers, performance artists, community based organizations, dance companies, theatre troupes - all manner of inspiring artist activists.
 
Click HERE to make a gift now.
https://secure3.convio.net/msffw/site/Donation2?df_id=1527&1527.donation=form1

With best wishes,
The Asian Women Giving Circle




Sip, Shop and Swap at BAK on Wednesday, November 9th at 6pm
Sip, Shop and Swap!

The Asian Women Giving Circle and NYWF’s Circle of Sisters for Social Change invite you to

Sip, Shop and Swap!!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6–8 pm

at BAK, 11 East 13th Street, NYC Korean Kitchen & Craft Beer Hall

Sip a little at our wine tasting with oenophile Tuhina De.
Shop a lot by bringing a few gently used “nice” items from your closet to sell at our impromptu silent auction.
And at the end of the evening, we’ll
Swap the leftovers!

Please email your RSVP by November 3, 2011 to Angie@asianwomengivingcircle.org

Suggested $20 donation at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Asian Women Giving Circle’s 2011 Grant Making “pot” in support of Asian American women in NYC using the tools of Art to accomplish their Activism, as well as the New York Women’s Foundation.



Brooklyn Shopping Event at A.Cheng in Park Slope Brooklyn on Saturday, June 25th

Brooklyn Shopping Event


Art Salon Symposium: Women, Arts, and Activism:
Asian Women in US and Abroad Making Changes through Art

Join us for China Institute’s first Art Salon symposium to inaugurate our collaboration with the Asian Women Giving Circle and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts. This special symposium will focus on arts and activism by contemporary Asian women artists in the US and their native countries. Panelists are Karin Chien (Chinese American film maker and 2010 Piaget Producers Award winner, Film Independent Spirit Awards), Chang-Jin Lee (Korean-born conceptual artist known for her work Comfort Women Wanted), and Amita Swadhin (South Asian media artist and co-creator of the award-winning theater project Undesirable Elements: Secret Survivors). Joan Lebold Cohen, a noted art historian and photographer who specializes in Chinese art and film, will moderate the panel discussions. Symposium will follow a light reception.

Wednesday, March 30 ~ 5:30 – 8:30 PM
$30 member/$35 non-member

To register online, go to www.chinainstitute.org/art-culture/programs-events/contemporary-art or call 212-744-8181.




Asian Women Giving Circle Grantee Video





Women & Philanthropy

We are thrilled that our new book, "Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World" was released on September 21.  The book surely could not have been written without all of your support and continuing interest.  You all have played such an inspirational role in the writing of our book and we hope you will be thrilled to see what your input has produced.

Dr. Claire Guadiani from NYU wrote us and said, "Huge Bravas at the publication of the book.  I am eager to use it in my classes next year.  Thank you for all your hard work."

How exciting are those wonderful words?  But it was all of you who were our motivation.  Your work and your support mattered enormously to the creation of the book and we could not have done it without you.

Of special importance to us are the words from Debra Mesch, Executive Director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute and Andrea Pactor, Associate Director.  In the Preface to "Women and Philanthropy," they wrote:

"This book should be required reading for everyone who cares about bringing as many individuals and resources as possible to the table to advance the public good, whether they are fundraisers or donors, men or women. The truth, plain and simple, is that stereotypes linger when one uses the words women and philanthropy in the same sentence. This book offers solid evidence that women’s philanthropy is not a trend or a passing fancy, but that it has become, in rich and varied ways, an important component of the philanthropic landscape."

-Sondra Hardy

http://womenandphilanthropy.org/



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.
 
Press on Women Give 2010:  USA Today

The press release and full report are available at: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/womengive/  




Maria Yoon and Kate Rigg on WNYC TV Channel 25, Asian America (PBS), Dec 6th Watch it here




Article on giving circles posted on Vivanista.com So You Want to Start a Giving Circle




AWGC steering committee at MOCA

AWGC grantees
Artists AWGC has supported

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


4th Annual Celebration of Activism Thru The Arts

Sip, Swap, Shop

SAIFF

SAIFF  SAIFF


SAIFF
The Asian Women Giving Circle is proud to support The Up Close & Personal series at the South Asian International Film Festival. The Up Close & Personal series will be showing at The Rubin Museum of Art on Saturday, Oct. 25th. The Series Includes:

"A Drop of Life"
"Healthy. Happy. Holi"
"Kerala Brides"
"Lalbatti"
"Holding Fast"


The best way to get a synopsis on the films is to visit www.saiff.org

The Living Portrait: 2007 Grantee
It announces the artist reception, the 11 day installation and the panel discussion. Considering that a recent newspaper article stated that 50% of undergraduate women say they have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence stemming from personal relationships before or during college using the Living Portrait to educate, raise awareness and to offer opportunities for assistance is extremely valuable.

A major goal of the Living Portrait is also to inspire visitors to become involved in the fight against domestic violence. I think this installation at NYU at 5 venues is a great step toward that end.

Thanks for the inspiration and help by the Asian Women Giving Circle.

Larry Lee
Executive Director
New York Asian Women's Center


The Asian Women Giving Circle is proud to support the Asian American International Film Festival. We're sponsoring a panel discussion, "Female Gaze," and 2 docs - Megumi and Flower in the Pocket. Purchase tickets below... for our sponsored films, you can use this discount code "Cointe." For purchases of 10 tickets or more, call 212-327-9385.

Article in AsianWeek
The Asian Women Giving Circle
By: Emily Leach, Mar 23, 2008
New York City women ‘geh-t’ together to give big

The smallest piece of the pie, the least amount of visibility and little financial support are all terms that describe the Asian Pacific Islander nonprofit sector Nonprofit-Banker — but Hali Lee and her organization, the Asian Women Giving Circle, are working to change that...


2nd Annual Donor & Grantee Convening: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Please join us as we celebrate our 2007 Grantees
The Asian Women Giving Circle invites you to our
2nd Annual Donor & Grantee Convening

Food, Drinks and Presentations of the 2007 AWGC sponsored projects by grantees on
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Location:
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, #10A New York NY 10001

Suggested donation $20
Please RSVP to events@asianwomengivingcircle.org
or call 646-300-6173

AAPIP - Growing Community Philanthropy Video

  • Echoing Green semifinalist
  • 2007 South Asian International Film Festival
    October 3rd - 9th, 2007 in New York City.
    www.saiff.org
    DOCUMENTARY SERIES 1
    RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART


    BARE
    India / SAIFF Premiere / 2007
    English
    Director: Santana Issar
    Duration: 11 mins

    Synopsis: In the piecing together of home videos shot by her parents nearly 2 decades earlier, and through a string of conversations with her father, mother, and sister, a daughter looks to understand the impact of her father's alcoholism on each of their lives: the sister's refusal to include him in her life; the mother's belief that her daughters should reach out to their father despite her own refusal to see him; the father's moment of honest introspection.
    In talking to them, the questions she is struggling with come to the fore: should she stand behind him, drawing only on her memories of what a wonderful father he was? Or should she move on, and build her life without him?

    About the Director: Santana Issar graduated in Economics from Delhi University in 2005. Thereafter she interned briefly with a news channel before coming upon work as an assistant director on a corporate film. The chance to direct Bare - her first film - came along a year later.
    Since Bare’s completion she has worked with a media action group, and is currently completing a research fellowship on animal activism.
    THE SKY BELOW
    India / New York Premiere / 2007
    Director: Sara Singh
    Producer: Sara Singh
    Written by: Sara Singh

    Synopsis: From the shared, ancient history of the Indus Civilization, the people of the Northwest area of the Subcontinent have connections that go back millennia. In 1947, the partition of this region left a legacy of suspicion and a profound inability to reconcile this political divide. From Kutch to Kashmir and from Karachi to the Khyber Pass, some of the ground realities of the lingering fallout are explored; and also, if reconciliation is possible between two countries with interwoven histories…after 60 years of strained relations and the unresolved crisis in Kashmir. A former terrorist, politicians, royalty, citizens, historians, and others share their insights of the past, present, and future of this volatile, yet emerging, South Asian economic bloc.
    Folk singers recorded live in their surroundings, found footage, verite and conceptual location shooting, contemporary and archival still photography are merged to emphasize the contrasted realities which compose this culturally connected, yet politically disconnected, region.

    About the Director: Sara Singh was born in India and has spent most of her life in the US. She is an artist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. 'The Sky Below' is her first documentary completed entirely on her own, with no other crew.
  • Asian Women Giving Circle: Reception to Meet the Directors -Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 4pm-6pm
    Spice Restaurant 1411 2nd Ave (between 74th and 75th St.
    RSVP to events@asianwomengivingcircle.org
  • The Asian Women Giving Circle is proud to co-sponsor three films made by our grantees to be screened at the 2007 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) www.aaiff.org. The filmmakers and their projects exemplify our Circle’s arts and activism mission in a way that is powerful, creative and moving. Click for details.
  • May 2007 Press Release
  • Friday, March 16, 2007: Grant Applications Deadline 5 p.m., PST
  • June 2007: Notification of Grant Awards
  • Fall 2007: Convening of Awardees and Giving Circle
  • February 1, 2008: Mid-year self-evaluation due to AWGC
  • July 31, 2008: Final Report due to AWGC

2006 Giving Circle

Giving Circle Member Melinda Chu

Giving Circle Members Lisa Philp Shinhee Han and Rini Banerjee

Giving Circle Member Tuhina De OConnor


Lisa Philp Hali Lee and Aiyoung Choi

Videographer Nat Soti capture sand interviews all


Giving Circle members Shinhee Han with AAPIP representatives Bo Thao and Peggy Saika



Facilitator Vera Miao


Asian Women Giving Circle 2007

The Asian Women Giving Circle is a donor advised fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women
12 MetroTech Center, 26th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone: 212.742.2300 forwomen.org

The Asian Women Giving Circle is a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.

Copyright 2010-2013


Asian Women Giving Circle 2007

The Asian Women Giving Circle is a donor advised fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women
12 MetroTech Center, 26th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone: 212.742.2300 forwomen.org

The Asian Women Giving Circle is a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.

Copyright 2010-2013
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