CELEBRATE THE SOMA WITH SOMCAN AT THE NATOMA STREET BLOCK PARTY! FREE FOR ALL AGES!
Manilatown presents “Benny’s Altars”, a joint art exhibition by Tony Remington, Mel Vera Cruz and England Hidalgo. Thru November 27th @ 868 Kearny Street.
OPENING OCT. 17 @ Bindlestiff Studio: TAGALOG 2019, a collection of one-act plays written and performed in the national language of the Philippines, with live English translation creatively woven throughout the evening.
In its third year, Tagalog 2019 features three new playwrights from the prestigious Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines making their U.S. debut in SOMA Pilipinas.
UNDISCOVERED SF Creative Night Market is a curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrate San Francisco's new cultural district - SOMA Pilipinas! Enjoy local artisans, food vendors, live music/dance performances, and flavor each month. This month’s food theme is ADOBO!
This year's Tanaw feature the reissue launch of the 1975 Liwanag Art Anthology and the implementation of the National Endowment for the Arts - Our Town grant, bridging the artistic and creative contributions of our community past and present during 2019's final night market on Stevenson Street.
This year's theme is “Our Legacy Is Our Future." Mayor London N. Breed will join the San Francisco Filipino community in celebrating the legacy and many accomplishments made over the years. Please invite friends, family, and community members. Light food and refreshments provided.
A weekend gathering of pinay entrepreneurs filled with speaker panels, interactive workshops, mentoring, and meaningful connections. Reserve your spot at this historic gathering of Power Pinays! No will be turned away due to lack of funds, but you must pre-register for a ticket.
The Bayanihan Equity Center invites you to grab lunch on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7Mile House to support our efforts in awarding 100 living Filipino World War II veterans or their surviving family members with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal
The organization receives 10% of all sales between 12:00-4:00 pm. All of the proceeds will go into funding an upcoming Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony.
You can learn more about our fundraising efforts here: https://donorbox.org/cgm
Event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/377995346227824/
Join this info session for helpful background and tips for San Francisco-based artists and organizations interested in San Francisco Arts Commission grants. Come learn about eligibility, the grant categories, and how to apply. Hear from former grantees about their projects and how to be successful with your application.
Seeking Storytellers to be Puppeteers & Makers for Bindlestiff's First-Ever Children's Show in Spring 2020!
Sponsored by a CA Arts Council Grant, Bindlestiff Artist-in-Residence Ramon Abad is seeking to fill 4-6 puppeteer roles for THREE once-a-month Saturday afternoon children's shows at Bindlestiff Studio in January-March 2020 that he will direct.
Saturday, Sept. 21 & Sept. 28, 130 - 400 PM
Manilatown presents “Benny’s Altars”, a joint art exhibition by Tony Remington, Mel Vera Cruz and England Hidalgo.
SEPT. 27 - NOV. 27 @ 868 Kearny St. (Manilatown / I-Hotel Centre)
The culmination of Bindlestiff’s long-running annual page-to-stage workshop series, featuring all-new and original work by emerging writers, actors, and directors.
Sponsored in part by:
PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists), Inc.
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission
MOHCD - SOMA Stabilization Fund
Join KSW director Jason Bayani, creator of Locus of Control, and the writer Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing, at Arkipelago Books the first week of September for an intimate conversation in one of the community’s most indispensible arts spaces.
In the Ilokano dialect means, “to heal or give medicine”; a multi-phase project that includes workshops and an interactive offering to address ancestral trauma.
Open to anyone, AGASAN is for those willing to explore creative pathways of healing: artists, workers, youth, elders, POC, LGBTQ, service providers and especially communities within the diaspora.
Offered in a 3-part consecutive series or as individual workshops, each workshop within the series examines the intersection of wellness, being and the arts. Prior experience in the arts is not necessary.
Patricia Ong (Sama-Sama Cooperative)
Jeffrey Yip (Macrowaves)
Bernardo Josue (Kontent Films)
Lisa Melnick (CIIS)
Rachel Lastimosa (SOMA Pilipinas)
$50 - 3 part workshop series
$20 - individual workshops
Accommodations may be made for those with financial hardship. Limited space,
Celebrate the Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL) with a reading by participants and instructors at the conclusion of the three-month workshop that encourages the development of new literary forms and voices. Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL) is a multigenre master class for emerging local writers of color presented by Kearny Street Workshop in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum.
2019 Instructors: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Elaine Castillo, Marga Gomez
2019 Fellows: Amber Butts, Cesar Cadabes, Kristin Chang, Paula Mirando, Naihobe Gonzalez, Melissa Hung, Sarah Matsui, Jenna Peng, Damali Robertson, Dena Rod, Golda Sargento, Karthikraman Sethuraman, Maya Sisneros, Raia Small, J. Xiang
Free with museum admission.
FADF is hiring consultants to help with the CHHESS process for SOMA Pilipinas. Please see desired qualifications and job description below.
To apply, please send a 1-2 page cover letter regarding your interest and qualification, your rate, as well as a resume and brief pertinent work samples (research paper, policy analysis, cultural arts plan) to: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 13, 2019 at 5pm.
FADF is hiring consultants to complete the Cultural Heritage Housing Economic Sustainability Strategy (CHHESS) Report for SOMA Pilipinas. We are hiring 3 different consultants who are knowledgeable of specific areas of concern within the CHHESS and can independently and in a team deepen research and conduct stakeholder focus groups and interviews with community based and institutional experts.
Desired general qualifications for each position are:
Experience working with community development, arts, cultural and/or urban planning sector;
Strong analytical, research, writing, communication, and facilitation skills;
Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
Familiarity with San Francisco City government, policies, civic, arts, and political landscape;
Experience facilitating stakeholder interviews and meetings;
Experience working with the Filipino community and proven commitment to social, economic, cultural and arts equity;
Bachelor’s and Masters degree in pertinent fields of study;
Experience working with communities of color and populations at risk of displacement highly preferred
Familiarity with SOMA community and ability to speak or understand Filipino a plus.
FADF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.
ARTS CONSULTANT (AC)
Lead assessment of SOMA Pilipinas artist and art & culture organization needs and develop strategy to advance support and resource development .
The Arts Consultant will interface with City department staff (especially Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts, but including other City art & culture funders like the PUC and DCYF), as well as the California Arts Council to identify existing and potential programs, policies, and resources, and develop a strategy and advocacy plan to advance SOMA Pilipinas artist and art & culture organization sustainability through City resources and partnerships. They will work with staff and community members--especially the arts & culture cohort--to help shape and prioritize strategies. They will develop a feasibility study for a physical performing arts space within the cultural district. They will write arts & culture section of the CHHESS based on the plan.
Specific qualifications desired for this position:
Experience working with City departments and civic arts & culture funding sources, processes, and policies, including grants and public art programs.
Experience working with artists and arts organizations to determine needs in the field.
Experience leading organizational development and capacity building initiatives for organizations ranging from $150K-$500K
Experience creating cultural arts plans and field initiatives highly preferred
Anti—Displacement Research Consultant (ADRC)
The ADRC will consolidate, synthesize, and conduct further research on anti-displacement and community development strategies including tenant and housing rights, site acquisition, strategies for community ownership, and other stabilization strategies for residents, businesses, service and arts organizations. They will work with staff and community, City, and other stakeholders to prioritize anti-displacement and community development strategies for the CHHESS report an consolidate economic indicators and data resources.
Specific qualifications desired for this position:
Experience and strong knowledge of San Francisco housing and land use community struggles, policy debates, existing and potential strategies, and data resources on jobs housing sustainability
Experience researching land use and community development strategies against displacement of residents, businesses, community institutions;
Bachelor’s and Masters degree in urban planning, land use, and other pertinent studies
Overall CHHESS Coordinator (OCC):
Overall CHHESS Coordinator will lead the overall consolidation, synthesis, stakeholder engagement and writing of the CHHESS report. They will work with staff and City staff to design the engagement process to have strong and streamline systems for getting stakeholder and expert feedback, prioritization and ensuring strong education and buy-in from community on the strategies identified. The OCC will also help synthesize findings and recommendations from the Progress Report and other findings and working documents that have been developed in the last few years of developing our cultural district. The OCC will take the lead in drafting, editing, and designing the report.
Specific qualifications desired for this position:
Excellent research, writing, policy analysis, and facilitation skills;
Experience and knowledge of San Francisco housing and land use community struggles, cultural landscape, and policies and potential strategies for anti-displacement, community development, arts equity, and land use;
Bachelor’s and Masters degree in sociology, political science, land use, urban planning, cultural studies and/or other pertinent studies.
Baybayin: State of Scripts in the Philippines & Film Preview presented by Kristian Kabuay + Arkipelago Books
Join us for an evening of discussions about the latest efforts and issues around the proposed Philippine Indigenous / Traditional Writing Systems Act. Founding chairman of Baybayin Buhayin, Jay Enage from Manila will be present to give an overview of the bill. Books will be available for sale through Arkipelago Books.
Kristian Kabuay will also be showing a preview of his upcoming art film.
More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/583802802147577/!
UNDSCVRD SF @ SUNDAY STREETS
3RD WAVE FILIPINO FOOD | MUSIC | ART | DANCE | CULTURE
On Sunday, August 18th, UNDISCOVERED SF is popping up at Sunday Streets for a 12 block long street festival for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect and neighbors to meet in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas. Doors open 11am.
NATIVE ELEMENTS (LIVE) - Feel-good reggae
DAKILA - Legendary Latin jazz rock band
ASTIG DJ CREW - A tribute to OPM: Past, Present, & Future
DJ DONDON - Rising turntablist & hip-hop DJ
ALL AGES are welcome! FREE and open to the public. RSVP for a FREE Undiscovered pin!
For complete music lineup, featured vendors, and more please visit - www.undiscoveredsf.com
Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the Pistahan Parade and Festival. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 80,000 people over the weekend. Admission is free and fun for the entire family!
Join your kasama at 868 Kearny for monthly programming at the Manilatown / I-Hotel Center. For more info visit: https://manilatown.org/events/
July 12 7PM: I-Hotel Speaks
July 13 5PM: Kommunity Kultura
July 19 6PM: Hungry I-Hotel
The Granny Cart Gangstas are coming in hot this summer! In 2019, the Grannies have been sharing their crazy antics up and down the state on a mini-tour. This August, they are doing a full 3-week run for the first time! Check out their special brand of limitless, raunchy, unabashed brand of comedy from this all-female, Asian-American sketch comedy troupe! Don't miss your chance to catch Bukaka: Air It Out!
Featuring: Alexis Dayers | Aureen Almario | Aura San Miguel | Ava Tong | Dianne Chui | Felicia Jacobe | Julie Kuwabara | Lynie Abadilla | Nic Feliciano | Paula Sison | Sunshine Roque | Tatiana Dayers | Thuy Tran
Photo credit: Kate Dash
Thursday, 8/8 @ 8 pm Community Night, pay what you can
Friday, 8/9 @ 8 pm
Saturday, 8/10 @ 8 pm
Thursday, 8/15 @ 8 pm Community Night, pay what you can
Friday, 8/16 @ 8 pm
Saturday, 8/17 @ 8 pm
Thursday, 8/22 @ 8 pm Community Night, pay what you can
Friday, 8/23 @ 8 pm
Saturday, 8/24 @ 8 pm
Community Night - Sliding Scale, pay what you can
Students & Seniors - $15
General - $20
Support the Artist - $30
If you are an artist and/or know of an artist that would like to present work at Urban Live Art + the Pilipinx Diaspora in the 2019-2020 season, contact email@example.com for more information and fill out the submission form by clicking on the button above. Deadline for submission extended to August 7, 2019.
More info at https://www.kularts-sf.org/urban-live
Please join us for an afternoon of community sharing as we honor the memory of the August 4th 1977 International Hotel Eviction. We will begin the program with a screening of Curtis Choy’s iconic documentary “The Fall of the I-Hotel” followed by stories and sharings from the community. Please bring your own I-Hotel story to share with us.
Pinoy Rock Revue is a Filipino rock band formed in 2016, to pay tribute to the music and artist
that inspired them to become musicians. Pinoy Rock Revue consists of former and current band
members from Rivermaya, RockStallion, Razorback and INTRoVOYs.
Aklasan Fest 2019 YEAR 6
2 days of Filipino American Hardcore and punk, featuring: Material Supportt (NYC), Namatay Sa Ingay (NYC), Wander (SF), Damak (TEXAS), Abi Ooze (PA), AninoKo (SF), OMG Drama (SF), Saliva Tribe (SF), Hafner (SF), Windbreaker (San Jose), The Edomites (SF)
TONIGHT: KSW Presents: “Monsters I Have Been,” a poetry reading featuring Kenji Liu (Monsters I Have Been) and MT Vallarta. This event explores the many possibilities of our relationships to gender and gendering, and to reimagine ways of being in gender and being of gender, so that we can create space for ourselves in the world. The title of this event comes from Kenji Liu's latest poetry collection.
Resulting from the powerful convening of Hip Hop as Survival Kit in May 2019, Kularts will host an expanded gathering in the 2019-2020 season to honor the advancement, the history, and the proximity of Pilipinxs to urban live and contemporary art.
SOMA Pilipinas Call for Public Art
SOMA Pilipinas is commissioning initial concepts for a public art portfolio for designs for future projects including:
Signage and Public Realm Markers
SOMA Pilipinas is interested in creating an expressive and culturally significant portfolio that reflects the people, vision, experiences and/or history of the South of Market. Applicants may be established veteran artists, emerging artists, urban designers, architects or even members of the community that do not necessarily have an arts background. Individuals or collectives may apply for the program however a collective must apply with a lead artist as the main applicant.
Proposals will be sought in a two-stage process: first, we will make a call for qualifications, which does not require a specific proposal, but asks for a letter of interest, initial concepts, and a portfolio of your past work. Second, based on those submissions, we will select finalists to commission to make conceptual designs in the aforementioned categories.
Selected finalists will receive a small commission ranging from $500-900 depending on the project. Chosen designs may be included in SOMA Pilipinas’ public realm portfolio that will be presented to the public, funders, stakeholders, as well as to city officials and developers for potential implementation in the future.
One application is allowed per design project. Applicants may apply for multiple projects. Applicants will be selected by a panel and experts in the public realm field. Feedback will be made available to applicants on their proposals.
SOMA Pilipinas is in the Heart (SPH) is a public art planning process, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), that will strengthen SOMA Pilipinas - San Francisco Pilipino Cultural Heritage District’s cultural resources and visibility through strategic assessments of the neighborhood landscape, available resources and best practices. This planning process includes the creation of a portfolio of potential projects that can be leveraged as district organizers negotiate with developers, the city, and major institutions. Together with the cultural district’s fiscal sponsor, Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF), SOMA Pilipinas will draw on advisement of the SFAC’s Public Arts Program and engage key stakeholder organizations such as Kularts and SOMCAN, residents, and Filipino artists--including emerging, master, and youth artists.
FADF and SOMA Pilipinas will focus on a continuation of the initial phase of the larger SPH project so that our priority goals of a strategic public art plan and portfolio of initial designs can be realized. The district has negotiated commitments from specific sites-in-development and has identified key locations for public realm projects. These plans will be realized with community-led vision and artistic framework in place. In the past two years SOMA Pilipinas has undergone a community process, with the help of volunteer committee members, other organizations like SOMCAN and in collaboration with non-profit developers, we’ve held design charrettes, urban design workshops and surveyed community members, residents, workers, artists, etc. to identify potential iconography and symbolism that may be incorporated into public realm and public art projects, such as:
Filipino fruits & vegetables
Animals (sarimanok, carabao, etc.)
Iconic Philippine landscapes
Materials (bamboo, capiz, etc.)
While proposed concepts are not required to include these cultural markers, these reflect community discussions to-date and are guideposts for selections and discussions about proposals.
How to Apply
Submit a letter of intent & up to 5 images of past work by the deadline Monday, August 12, 2019- 5pm to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “SOMA Pilipinas is in the Heart - (Insert First Name and Last name) LOI”.
In the letter, include the project design you’d like to submit for (i.e. Gateway, Signage and Public Realm Markers, Plaques, Crosswalks), and any initial concepts or direction you may have. Please detail any past experience that might support your application. This includes but isn’t limited to: art, design, community planning background, participation in any design charrettes or workshops, and/or any relevant information that supports your relationship to the Pilipinx community in SOMA organizationally and individually.
Images of past work should be geared toward giving the review panel a sense of your artistic skill, ability to explore concepts, and exploration of relevant cultural themes. Please do not send proposed designs for new public art at this stage--proposals will be commissioned if you are selected. Images should be sent as .jpgs or links to specific, hosted image files. Please do not send full websites for review.
Monday, August 12, 2019 - LOI due
Friday, August 30, 2019 - Applicants informed of the opportunity to submit design proposals
Monday, September 23, 2019 - Design proposal are due
December 2019 - NEA SOMA Pilipinas Portfolio completed
For more information on SOMA Pilpinas visit:
For any questions please email Rachel Lastimosa - Arts and Culture Administrator at email@example.com
On Saturday, July 20th, UNDISCOVERED SF Creative Night Market returns at a fresh new location 598 Stevenson St. @ 7th St. This month's theme is THROWBACK EDITION, featuring Bay legend JOCELYN ENRIQUEZ alongside a fresh lineup of food and shopping, right in the heart of the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District! FREE to the public.
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 4PM @ 598 Stevenson St.
The export of care has haunted the Filipina narrative, but what happens when care hits a breaking point? SIGAW (Tagalog for "scream", "shout", or "cry") is the story of Marissa, a composite character based on the controversial article on the tragic experience of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, and interviews with current domestic workers.
Join SOMCAN and FADF at the Bayanihan Center as they unveil their new project: the "Heroes in Our Windows" mural. The eight s/heroes honored in the work are: Major Demetrio M. Cariño, AFP Ret.; Al Robles; Dr. Dawn Mabalon; Dr. Mario Borja; Bullet X Marasigan; Carlos Villa; Victoria Manalo Draves; Bill Sorro