New York is filled with talented and creative people in the Asian community, and there are so many events that showcase that talent. How can we keep up with it all? One organization that brings all that talent together is the Asian American Arts Alliance. A non-profit that supports Asian American artists and arts organizations through community building, the Asian American Arts Alliance helps artists share news about their projects.
The Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) holds a monthly Town Hall where artists can pitch their projects to gain more exposure. The type of art doesn’t matter; it can be a dance performance of any genre, theater piece, musical concert, art exhibit, or a workshop that is somehow related to Asian culture. If you or your organization has an event coming up, you can stand in front of the crowd and tell them all about it, but you have only one minute with which to do it.
The first a4 Town Hall of the year was on January 7 at Alwan for the Arts, and it had an almost Japanese theme.
- One of the first pitches was from Yokko Baldy. Yokko is a Japanese actor and movement artist who lost her hair at age 19 and her skin when she was 21. Her nine-character, one-woman show, BALDY, runs at CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) January 24 through 26. Click here for the details.
- Magician Rich Kameda is the Astonishing Asian. After he performed several cool magic tricks with one piece of rope that somehow turned into three pieces of rope, Rich let us know he’ll be performing at the Broadway Comedy Club with Tom Hudson on February 13 and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri on Sunday, April 27.
- Concert pianist Taka Kigawa takes the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Friday, January 24. The critically acclaimed virtuoso’s program includes music by Dai Fujikura, Edgard Varése, Brad Lubman, Zosha Di Castri, and György Ligeti. For more information, click here.
- Sachiko Ninomiya of Crossing Jamaica Avenue pitched HANAFUDA DENKI, a Japanese musical comedy performing at HERE January 21 through 26. The production, co-presented by CJA, is based on the play written by Japanese avant-garde writer, poet, and playwright Shuji Terayama. For more details about the show and to purchase tickets, click here.
Of course, there are other Asian artists/groups that presented at the a4 Town Hall as well. Check out a4’s Tumblr blog to learn about other announcements. And if you’re an artist or represent an arts organization, pitch your project at the next a4 Town Hall, which is Tuesday, February 4.