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The Journey So Far: 35 Years of Activism

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Kearny Street Workshop
space 180 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA
Location Details:
International Hotel Manilatown Center 868 Kearny Street (on Jackson) San Francisco, CA, 94108

A discussion with Nancy Hom, Oscar Peñaranda, and Min Paek Moderated by Alison Satake an Activist Imagination event Join Kearny Street Workshop, the Manilatown Heritage Foundation and a panel of activists, artists, and organizers for a compelling, honest, and probing discussion about activism, the arts and community. As part of Kearny Street Workshop's 35th anniversary celebration, KSW is launching Activist Imagination, a series of conversations with community activists and artists and arts exhibition with visual artists Bob Hsiang, Christine Wong Yap, and Donna Keiko Ozawa. The first AI event takes place Tuesday, November 27, at International Hotel Manilatown Center, located at 848 Kearny Street, at Jackson. The Journey So Far: 35 years of activism, features panelists Nancy Hom, Oscar Peñaranda, and Min Paek, and is moderated by Alison Satake. The discussion, which encourages questions and comments from attendees, will take a look at the last three and a half decades of activism and arts in our communities--what forms has activism taken? what methods have proven effective or ineffective? what lessons can we learn from looking back, and how can we find inspiration for the present and future of engaging in activity that effects real social and political change? Tuesday, November 27 , 2007 @ 7 PM International Hotel Manilatown Center 868 Kearny Street (at Jackson) San Francisco, CA 94108 Free. The Activist Imagination project is made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Work Fund through support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation. Activist Imagination is also supported in part by a grant from the San Francisco Foundation and from KSW's members and individual donors. For more information contact KSW at 415.503.0520 or, or visit us online at About the moderator and panelists Nancy Hom is an artist, writer, organizer, and arts administrator with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit arts field. Widely known for her silkscreen artwork, she has created numerous images for community events, political and social causes, and has been a graphic designer and children's book illustrator. She is currently a freelance curator, grantwriter, and arts consultant for several small non-profits in the Bay Area. Her visual and written work has been published in numerous books and anthologies. In her 30+ years of involvement with San Francisco based Asian American arts organization Kearny Street Workshop, she served as its Executive Director from July 1995 through September 2003. She received a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant as a visual artist in 1995. She was awarded a Gerbode Fellowship in 1998, nominated for the 1999 Women of Achievement Awards, and received the KQED Local Hero Award in 2003. She is on the boards of Heyday Institute and the Asian American Women Artists Association, and is an advisory board member of Kearny Street Workshop. She serves on the Community Arts Distribution Committee of the Zellerbach Family Foundation A longtime community activist, advocate for ethnic studies in the schools, teacher and writer, Oscar Peñaranda was born in Barugo, Leyte , in 1944. He attended the Philippine Normal School in Manila . At 12, his family moved to Canada , and later relocated to San Francisco , California . At San Francisco State University, Oscar graduated with a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Creative Writing. After graduating, he became an activist whose involvement has included participation in the longest-running student strike, which lasted from 1968 to 1969. Since then, he has spent many years teaching in northern California , including Everett Middle School and, more recently, James Logan High School in Union City, California . However, his expertise is not limited to creative writing and English composition, as his curriculum has included the teaching of Tagalog to second-generation Filipinos. Beyond the classroom, his studies in Ethnic and Filipino Heritage has spurred him to lead organizations such as the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and the Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC). Currently, Oscar has two published works, voicing his passion and life stories called Seasons by the Bay and Full Deck. Min Paek is the Founder and Executive Director of the Korean American Women Artists and Writers Association (KAWAWA), San Francisco. Min Paek has served on the Taxicab Commission as the General Public representative since April 2003. In 1986, Ms. Paek founded Korean American Women Artists and Writers Association (KAWAWA) and since has been working as an Executive Director. In 1993, she co-founded Korean/African American KAWAWA Intercultural Youth Program with Mr. Lefty Gordon. In addition, she is a moderator of online Korean Studies Discussion List, PhD candidate in Korean Studies Program at Hamburg University, Germany. Ms. Paek holds an M.A. in Inter-Art and B.A. in Conceptual Art from San Francisco State University. Bay Area local, Alison Lee Satake has worked with various Bay Area non-profit organizations on issues of education, environmental justice, and media for the last seven years. Most recently, she led workshops and forums for KQED on the complex issues of modern China and U.S. immigration. An aspiring non-fiction book author, she currently is sharpening her craft at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism (expected M.J. '09). She received her B.A. ('98) from Barnard College in New York City. KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP is a San Francisco-based multidisciplinary Asian Pacific American arts nonprofit organization. Founded in 1972 and now celebrating our 35th anniversary year, the mission of Kearny Street Workshop is to produce and present art that enriches and empowers Asian Pacific American communities.Our vision is to achieve a more just society by connecting Asian Pacific American (APA) artists with community members to give voice to our cultural, historical, and contemporary issues. Through our programs, KSW: * nurtures the creation of new and innovative artwork inspired by the APA experience * brings forth the stories of diverse communities * develops artists and leaders in the Bay Area * encourages inclusivity through collaboration and community involvement * promotes cross-cultural and intergenerational understanding and * celebrates the spirit of our community For more information, visit
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