Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Oct. 1: 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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6pm to 8pm

Location: The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013
Meet and mingle with the AWGC 2014 project grantees listed below.
There will also be a silent auction, wine, and delicious dim sum!
Ticket Prices:
$60 per ticket
$100 for two tickets (Double Happiness)
To buy tickets:
The fair market value of the ticket is $30 and the remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible
Total Funds Distributed:   $614,000 for 71 project grants from 2006 to 2014.
Every donor can VOTE to decide what PROJECTS get funded.
Come and see some of the 2014 Grantee Projects:
Murals and Graphic Novels to Smartphone Apps: Asian Women Giving Circle Awards Cultural Strategy Grants to NYC Artists and Community Groups
Documentary Film:  What Happened to Danny? –  Created by ManSee Kong  and Third World Newsreel
A $11,000 grant to support the production of “What Happened to Danny?” a documentary about the life and death of Danny Chen, a U.S. Army Private from Chinatown, NYC whose alleged hazing and ostracism at the hands of his supervisors led to his apparent suicide. The film follows Danny’s mother and community organizers as they advocate for justice. This project was also funded in 2012 by the AWGC.
Educational Video:  Asian Kids Don’t Count  –   Created by Barbara Lee, Pointmade Films, and the Calhoun School
A $11,000 grant to support the project which includes a toolkit for teachers and teens that will explore macro issues of racism such as bigotry and privilege and stereotyping including the model minority myth and derogatory depictions of Asians in the
Mural:  We Come from the Future  – Created by Vaimoana Niumeitolu and Ping Chong & Company 
A $11,000 grant to fund the creation of a public mural in Sunset Park, home to Brooklyn’s large Asian American community working with immigrant women, mothers and grandmothers to depict immigrant women’s daily lives of courage and strength. The project will include mural classes and mentoring for three young women muralists.
Storytelling and Photography:  Shifting the Power of Storytelling into the Hands of Women.  –Created by CAAAV (Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence)
A $9,500 grant for the development of “Asian Communities with a multi-generational project using storytelling and photography project will shed light on issues such as gentrification, rezoning, affordable housing, police violence, and stop and frisk. Artwork will be publicly exhibited and featured in CAAAV advocacy campaigns.
Graphic Novel:  DANGER! Police Involvement in Mass Deportation  – Created by the Immigrant Defense Project and the Fund for the City of New York
A $11,000 grant for “DANGER! Police Involvement in Mass Deportation,” a graphic novel that aims to help immigrant communities navigate the complex intersections of the criminal justice and immigration systems and rally support for the fight against deportation. The project is a collaboration of the Immigration Defense Project, the Sex Workers Project and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
Community Storytelling Project:  Kavad: Mother Tongue  – Created by Kundiman, Inc.
A $7,500 grant to support a community storytelling project comprised of interviews, writing workshops, new media and a public reading encompassing the stories of three generations of women, reflecting on the difficulties and triumphs of building new lives in America. Led by Kundiman-affiliated poets, the project includes oral history, an online archive and creative writing workshops.
Multimedia Project:  Priya’s Shakti (formerly Parvati Saves the World) –Created by Rattapallax, Inc.
A $9,000 grant to an innovative art, cultural and multimedia project, which includes a graphic novel, smartphone apps, and video, designed to draw attention to and activate responses to gender-based violence in India, arising from the 2012 brutal gang rape on a bus in New Delhi. Drawing on Hindu myth and classic Bollywood films, the project reorients traditional Hindu tales with a modern feminist sensibility and features the stories of real-life survivors of sexual assault. The project plans to launch to exhibit at the Mumbai Comic Con and several U.S. cities and develop a teachers’ guide and workshops at City Lore in the East Village, NYC. The project won the 2014 Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation.
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Other articles by Lia Chang:
The Fortress of Solitude starring André de Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kyle Beltran & More Begins Performances at The Public
Oct. 2: New-York Historical Society Presents Screening of Discovery Channel Asia’s Chineseness with Artist Yang Chihung and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang
Photos: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion on View through April 19, 2015 at New York Historical Society
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Museum of the Moving Image Presents A Tribute to Ruby Dee
Yuri Kochiyama Memorial Service at First Corinthian Baptist Church in New York
Oct. 5: Meet Award Winning Playwright J.E. Franklin at Booksigning for ‘To Break Every Yoke’ at Castillo Theatre
Rome Neal Seriously Injured in Fall; Fundraisers Set at The Five Spot on October 12 and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on November 6
TCG’s SPARK Leadership Program Class of 2014: Victor Maog, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr, Snehal Desai, Deena Selenow, Jacob G. Padrón, Jr., Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll, Kelvin Dinkins, LaTeshia Dezelle Ellerson, Lisa Portes
Video: Jeremy Lin Pranks Visitors at Madame Tussauds San Francisco
Oct. 8 – 12: 2014 National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival Lineup
Oct. 10-12: Dan Kwong’s WHAT? NO PING-PONG BALLS? with Kenny Endo at Interact Theatre Company as part of 2014 National Asian American Theater Festival and Conference
David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage Appointed to the Playwriting Faculty of Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program
Photos & Video: The Wiz’s André De Shields Sang “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall 
Joe Mantegna to Helm ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor
Photos: Maxine Hong Kingston, Billie Tsien, Bill T. Jones, Linda Ronstadt, John Kander, Julia Alvarez, Jeffrey Katzenberg Receive 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama 
Golden Globe Winner James Shigeta, Veteran of Film and TV, Dies at 85; Excerpts of 2007 A/P/A Institute Q & A with Sukhdev Sandhu 
Photos: Artist Arlan Huang, One Brush Stroke at a Time
Late Night Singing with Garth Kravits at 54 Below with The Skivvies, at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland and Michael Raye’s Soul Gathering 
Photos and Video: Ben Vereen Performs at Carnegie Hall in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream 
Photos and Video: Obba Babatunde and cast members from the original cast of Dreamgirls perform at Carnegie Hall in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream
Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, President Bill Clinton and More Remember Meshach Taylor
Photos: Meshach Taylor Celebrates 67th Birthday with Arlene and Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Jean Smart, Dennis Franz, Ernie Hudson, John Heard, Keith Szarabajka, Stuart Gordon, Shadoe Stevens and More
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessie Mueller, Lena Hall, Sophie Okonedo, Kenny Leon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, All The Way, A Raisin in the Sun, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and More Take Home 2014 Tony Awards 
Crafting a Career
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Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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