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19th annual may arts festival “rooted in culture” highlights!

May Arts highlight video shot and edited by Stevie Sanchez of EastSide Arts Alliance now available below! 6.22.17

 

There is still time to give to our #WeHere campaign to keep our movement to protect our communities going! www.razoo.com/story/aypaloakland

 

 

Original post with photos 6.18.17

Thank you to everyone who attended, performed, donated, ate, built connections, laughed, cried, and cheered at AYPAL’s 19th Annual May Arts Festival “Rooted In Culture” at Lincoln Square Park in Chinatown! #WeHere and we ain’t goin no where! Support youth protecting Oakland culture!

On Saturday May 13th hundreds of community members enjoyed youth performances protecting our cultures and communities. Check out some images below from our photographer Sunshine V! Check out more on our Facebook page here.

Ieumsae Drummers open the space up with a contingent through the park

AYPAL youth Mien Dancers in full regalia awaiting the stage

DJ Edel repping for the class of 17′ at May Arts

Pat working on live art inspired by the event throughout the day

Members of APEN doing a Tai Chi activity with attendees

Hip Hop dancers breaking it down

The Guerilla Theater performance offered a glimpse into our struggles, and our resiliency and power

A crew of AYPAL youth leaders take the stage for a round of applause!

Check out more pictures on our facebook page here.

Interested in supporting AYPAL? Check out our page on RAZOO:

razoo.com/story/Aypal

Thank you to our co-sponsor’s:

Thank you to all of our funders:

The California Endowment

The Oakland Public Education Fund

The Penney Family Fund

The Clorox Foundation

Hella Heart Giving Circle

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center


19th annual may arts “rooted in culture” performances announced!

 

 

Join us as we fight for our communities in Oakland
and celebrate
19 years of Building API Community Power!
“Rooted In Culture”
Saturday May 13th
11am-4pm
Lincoln Square Park, Chinatown
261 11th St, Oakland, CA 94607

AYPAL Youth Performances:

Guerrilla Theater
Hip Hop Dance
Khmer Moon Dance
Mien Dance
Southeast Asian Lion Dance
Spoken Word

Community Performances:

Ieumsae Korean Drumming
Tai Chi with APEN Members
ACPA Rondalla
Mix’d Ingrdnts
Roseinity
Babii Cris

DJs:

Edel
Brigidope

Free Entry
ALL AGES!

LINKS TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES, GIVEAWAYS, SERVICES AND MORE!

#WeHere

 

Check out last year’s recap vid here! https://goo.gl/0pSjcw


SAVE THE DATE! AYPAL MAY ARTS SATURDAY MAY 13TH 11-4PM

THE 19TH ANNUAL AYPAL MAY ARTS FESTIVAL IS HAPPENING
IN THE HEART OF OAKLAND CHINATOWN
AT LINCOLN SQUARE PARK!

“ROOTED IN CULTURE”
SATURDAY MAY 13TH
11-4PM
FREE
LINCOLN SQUARE PARK (11TH AND HARRISON)

Feel free to contact us for more information on how to get involved.

#WeHere

Check out last year’s recap video!


Highlights from “Fresh Off the Block II”!

Thank you to everyone who attended AYPAL’s 2nd annual Fresh Off the Block Photo Exhibit at Eastside Arts Alliance on December 15th, 2016!

We are excited to share this highlight video created by Stevie Sanchez. Community came together to share stories about Oakland, talk about gentrification, and even dance (of course)! Enjoy!

 

Missed the event? Want to see more? No worries, click the link below to gain access to the highlight video we played during the exhibit: Youth confronting decision makers during key moments in our 2016 #WeHere campaign!

#WeHere: https://goo.gl/SZQ49B


Join us for the 2nd annual FOB: FRESH OFF THE BLOCK Photo Project!

Next Thursday December 15th at Eastside Cultural Center 2277 International 5-8pm!

Free Entry!

Food!

Music!

Youth Power!

Come check out youth perspective on the changes happening in Oakland through photography, spoken word, and story telling.

 

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Follow this link for a video re-cap of last year’s FOB event!

AYPAL COMPLETES FOB (FRESH OFF THE BLOCK) PHOTO PROJECT!

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May Arts Re-cap videos!

Visit our crowd source fundraising page to donate and be a part of fighting against gentrification and displacement in Oakland! *Update: this fundraising page is currently closed, we met our goal! Thank you to the community for raising over $10,000 for youth!  * #WeHere

 

Official May Arts 2016 “Reclaiming Our Roots” in San Antonio Park re-cap video by Stevie Sanchez of Eastside Arts Alliance! (above)

An in-depth look at May Arts through the Guerulla Theater by United Roots! (below)

 

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AYPAL May Arts 2016 “Reclaiming Our Roots” in San Antonio Park was a success!

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A special thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, performed, grubbed, danced, donated, tabled, and built community with us at our first ever May Arts Festival in a public space – at San Antonio Park! It was beautiful to see “Reclaiming Our Roots” come alive with folks from all over the Bay engaging in cultural resistance against gentrification, racism, and young people’s oppression with AYPAL youth all day long, right in the middle of East Oakland, on Saturday May 14th. We are working on some amazing media from the day to share with you. Stay tuned!

AYPAL launched our crowd source fundraiser the very same day, and quickly raised $2,000! Our goal is $10K by mid June to support AYPAL youth to continue to fight for the people of this city. It’s your opportunity to be a part of this growing movement with these young folks. *Update: Link has been taken down since we reached our goal! Thank you for raising over $10,000 to support youth in Oakland!*

In hella solidarity,

AYPAL Family

 

 

Photos by Sunshine V., Esoteric Images, and AYPAL Staff

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aypal organizes API mens forum at state building

IMG_4788 2Nkauj Iab Yang, Program Director at Banteay Srei, and Joshua Fisher Lee, AYPAL Project Director, share out findings from a 500 API youth survey conducted by Banteay Srei, AYPAL, and The Spot Youth Center during the API Men’s Forum at the State Building in Oakland on Thursday April 14th.

API Boys and Men Forum Flyer FinalThere has been a lot of movement on work towards improving the lives of Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) since the announcement of the My Brothers Keeper (MBK) initiative by President Obama back in 2014. However, nationally, this work often does not adequately encompass the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander young men, if at all. At a local level, AYPAL has been representing for the API voice around BMoC issues and the city’s MBK initiative through our participation with the Alliance for BMoC convened by Urban Strategies Council. AYPAL organized a convening along with the Offices of Assembly Members Tony Thurmond, and Rob Bonta, Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson, and Wilma Chan, and numerous community organizations to inform policy makers, foundation leaders, and community members about the unique issues facing BMoC in our communities. AYPAL alum Sou Saechao, and Spencer Pulu spoke movingly on a panel that took audience members through the migration/immigration, to education, to incarceration, to deportation, to re-entry pipeline moderated by community leader and AYPAL advisory board member Eddy Zheng of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee. Survey data was also presented to emphasize the need for disaggregated data for better understanding the needs of our community, which has become increasingly made visible by Banteay Srei, AYPAL, and The Spot Youth Center staff and youth through presentations of the data to decision makers like these. Special thanks to Mina Sanchez of the Asian Community Collaborative of Alameda County, and to the Oakland Public Education Fund, and The California Endowment, for support of AYPAL’s work with / for API young men.

IMG_4859Sou and Spencer presenting on the panel about their experiences growing up in Oakland and attending Oakland public schools.

 

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AYPAL 18th Annual May Arts Festival is Happening Saturday May 14th, In San Antonio Park!

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AYPAL’s 18th Annual May Arts Festival is happening in San Antonio Park this year! “Reclaiming Our Roots” May Arts Festival serves as an opportunity for youth of color to share their experiences, resilience, and creativity in celebration with community. In collaboration with Eastside Arts Alliance, we are taking this legacy event to the next level by bringing it directly to our communities who are being targeting by racism, classism, and gentrification. Join us May 14th 11am-4pm at San Antonio Park for food, youth and community performances, and access to resources from allied organizations! Free entry! Donations accepted!

 

 

 

Check out more on KPFA (94.1FM) and KALW (91.7FM) in the links below:

 

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AYPAL and their May Arts Festival

 

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KALW Sights and Sounds: May Arts

 

 

 

 

 


AYPAL COMPLETES FOB (FRESH OFF THE BLOCK) PHOTO PROJECT!

AYPAL COMPLETES FOB: FRESH OFF THE BLOCK PHOTO PROJECT

AYPAL youth respond to changes happening in Oakland in this powerful photo project. Check out the video below. Special thanks to Stevie Sanchez and Eastside Arts Alliance on this collaboration.

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Check back on our website for updates on our anti-gentrification work.


AYPAL CELEBRATES 17th ANNUAL MAY ARTS!

AYPAL Youth performances ranging from cultural dances, spoken word, guerrilla theater, hip hop dance, spoken word, and student created films; along with over 400 community members packed the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on May 21st 2015 to show us that our theme, “Unbreakable Roots: Cultivating Love and Resilience” rings true now more than ever.

 

AYPAL Youth performing Robam Kuos Angrae, the Khmer Bamboo Stick Dance

Truth delivered through spoken word to a packed house at OACC.

Back stage with the Chinese Fan Dance crew!

Students sharing their resiliency through guerrilla theater.

Rocky Rivera and the audience gettin live!

We were blessed by the wisdom given from our keynote speaker, Movement Generation’s very own Ellen Choy who spoke about the importance of ancestry, and resiliency based organizing. In true AYPAL form, our special guest performer, Rocky Rivera  brought the entire house to their feet and helped to close May Arts with swag.

Thank you for supporting Oakland’s next generation of revolutionary young leaders!

 


Our 17th Annual May Arts is Just Around the Corner! May 21st!

Family,

AYPAL’s 17th Annual May Arts Festival “Unbreakable Roots: Cultivating Love and Resilience” is a little more than a week away.

Please join us next Thursday, May 21st at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center for free food, youth swag, and a youth-centered arts showcase for social, economic, and climate justice.

Doors open at 5:30pm, and the show starts at 6:00pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center located at 388 9th St. Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607. 

Special Guest Performances by:

American Center of Philippine Arts Rondalla

&

Rocky Rivera

This is a free community event where donations are appreciated: $3 suggested for youth, and $5-$20 suggested for adults. No one will be turned away for not donating.

Thank you to our Co-Sponsors:

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The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth

The California Endowment

The Penney Family Fund

The Lakeshore Foundation

The Clorox Foundation


AYPAL’s 17th Annual May Arts- Save the Date: Thursday, May 21

“Unbreakable Roots: Cultivating Love & Resilience”

For the past 17 years, AYPAL has been committed to building a more socially just world by developing transformative youth power through the arts. 

On Thursday, May 21, we invite you to join the AYPAL family as we celebrate 17 years of arts-activism that have rooted our communities in resilience when faced with cycles of poverty, violence, and oppression. We will also be announcing our new, exciting, youth-driven campaign so you will not want to miss out! 

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Doors open at 5:30pm, and the show starts at 6:00pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center located at 388 9th St. Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607. 

This is a free community event where donations are appreciated: $3 suggested for youth, and $5-$20 suggested for adults. No one will be turned away for not donating.

Cultural performances will include API cultural dances ranging from Cambodian, and Chinese Fan Dance to Filipino Tinikling, spoken word, Theater of the Oppressed, and hip-hop routines all showcasing AYPAL Youth!

Thank you to our Co-Sponsors:

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Thank you to our funders: 

The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth

The California Endowment

The Penney Family Fund

The Lakeshore Foundation

The Clorox Foundation


Family Resource Day is This Saturday!

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We invite you to Family Resource Day 11am-4pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015. We will start with an open house and tour of Asian Health Services Youth Program (AHSYP), AYPAL: Building API Community Power, Banteay Srei, and The Spot Youth Center at 299 13th Street, Oakland 94606 from 11am – 12:30pm. Following the tour, parents will be able to learn about community services, including housing, employment, mental and behavior health care, and more at the resource fair located at Family Bridge’s Club House two blocks away from 1-4pm. This event is open to the public! Snacks and refreshments will be provided and all ages are welcome!

 

Family Resource Day aims to:

+ Create a positive and safe inter-generational space for our youth and families;

+ Connect Oakland parents and families to resources in their community;

and,

+ Engage parents to learn about Asian Health Services Youth Program, AYPAL, Banteay Srei and The Spot Youth Center.


AYPAL Youth Kick Off May Arts Season with Swag

This past weekend, over 50 youth came together to break bread, build community, and kick off this years May Arts Season.

Capture the flag was played, water fights were had, and bonds were made in the spirit of building collective power for our liberation rooted in love.

Our Filipino, Khmer, Chinese, Vietnamese, Black, Latino, Mien, and Korean youth showed up hard! Can’t wait to see what cultural and contemporary art forms they perform at our May Arts Showcase in two months!

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Photos Courtesy of Phillip Rama & Sam Jung


AYPAL May Arts Festival 2014!

On Thursday, May 15th, please join the AYPAL family as we celebrate 16 years of arts activism that has helped our communities thrive in the face of oppression and violence.

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Slow Down! Support AYPAL and get your car washed!

SLOW DOWN!
AYPAL CARWASH FUNDRAISER

AYPAL’s SEAYCA Youth  are raising money to
fund our Cultural Arts Programming! 
Come out to get your car washed & have fun in the sun!


Where:

VALERO GAS STATION
Located in Oakland’s Laurel District
3530 MacArthur Blvd
Btwn 35th Ave & Magee Ave
Oakland, CA 94619


When:

SATURDAY, JUNE 9th, 2012
Hours: 9am-5pm


How Much:

AYPAL’s SEAYCA (Southeast Asian Youth Community in Action)
Youth will wash your car!

Small Cars: $7
Big Cars: $10

Food & Snacks for sale too! 
$3-$5 Sliding scale donations

ALL DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED!


If you are unable to make it to the fundraiser & would still like to support, please consider making a donation to AYPAL online!AYPAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR
FAMILIES, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, & ALLIES
FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT!

*Flier design: Diana Le & Tommy Phan, AYPAL SEAYCA Youth Leaders


AYPAL & OACC presents: THE 14TH ANNUAL MAY ARTS FESTIVAL! SAVE OUR STORIES, SUPPORT OUR STRUGGLES!

with PERFORMANCES by AYPAL YOUTH!
Showcasing: API Cultural Dances, Theater of the Oppressed,
Hip Hop, Spoken Word, 
and of course & Our Annual SILENT AUCTION!
Co-sponsored by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and The SPOT

Where:
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Located in Chinatown
388 Ninth Street
between Franklin & Webster Streets
Oakland, CA 94607

When:
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
DOORS: 5:30PM
SHOW: 6PM

How Much:
All Donations are Appreciated!
Youth: $3-$5
Adults: $5-$20
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NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Check out AYPAL’s past May Arts!
AYPAL 10th Annual May Arts

Funding Made Possible By: 
  • Akonadi Foundation
  • Grousbeck Family Foundation
  • Lunar Giving Circle, AAPIP
  • Oakland Fund for Children & Youth
  • Penney Family Fund
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Victor & Lorraine Honig Fund

If you are unable to attend AYPAL’s May Arts Festival & would still like to support,
please consider making a donation to AYPAL online!

AYPAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR FAMILIES, COMMUNITY MEMBERS & ALLIES FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT!


AYPAL collaborates with OUSD for API Parent Conference – May 5

Asian & Pacific Islander Parent Conference
Information, Knowledge and Action to Plan for
College and Careers Now!
 

Providing information to empower Asian & Pacific Islander parents and students to take action for their education

Saturday, May 5, 2012
*9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*8:30am Breakfast
Garfield Elementary School
1620 22nd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606 

Light breakfast and lunch – Childcare – Translation – Transportation – Raffle and Prizes

Information to be presented:

The K-12 Roadmap: Pre-K through high school graduation

  • “New Kindergarten Requirements”: Pre-K to K Transition Programs & OptioN
  • “Preparing for Graduation and College”: New OUSD Graduation Requirement
  • “Linked Learning”: Career Academies and Pathways in High School
“Parents as Partners”:  Supporting Learning at Home
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For more information contact Family, Schools, Community Partnerships Department:
Carolyn Delfino, VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, Carolyn.Delfino@ousd.k12.ca.us 510-434-7766 ext 234

Please Register Online: www.ousd.k12.ca.us/APIParentConference
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Save-the-date: May Arts Festival 2012


As AYPAL moves forward making positive changes in our schools, what grounds our work, inspires our youth and allows us to outreach to the larger API community is our May Arts Festival that will be on Thursday, May 17, 2012PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

The youth have been busy learning, practicing and creating various performing arts: cultural dance, hip-hop dance, spoken word, and guerrilla theater. We’ve learned that through art, youth learn ethnic traditions and histories, while finding creative and empowering ways to discuss current issues and express themselves! Performances will include Cambodian, Mien, Filipino and Pacific Islander dances, guerilla theater, videos, and more.

WHAT: AYPAL’S 14th annual May Arts Festival

WHERE: OACC – 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2012. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6 pm.

 Please bring your check books to participate in our silent auction in the lobby area!

$3 for youth; $5-$20 for adults  *** No one turned away for lack of funds! ***

Our youth need your help to have an amazing event! We need to raise $5000 before May 17th to help pay for cultural teachers, costumes, and other event expenses! Donate here to support youth art activism!


AYPAL Thanks You!

Greeting AYPAL Friends & Supporters!

On behalf of AYPAL we would like to express our sincere and humble THANK YOU’s to everyone that came through to support AYPAL’s House Party & Pacquiao Fight Fundraiser on Saturday, November 12th!

Your generous donations and contributions will allow AYPAL to continue our work to build strong API movement leaders and advance our campaign to get Ethnic Studies for all students in the Oakland Unified School District.

As this larger movement for social change continues to build momentum both locally and across the country, we appreciate having these opportunities that allow us to keep building together, celebrating together, and growing together as a community.

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PACQUIAO HOUSE PARTY #5

AYPAL's 2011 Pacquiao House Party #5

All proceeds will go towards supporting AYPAL’s Ethnic Studies campaign

* RSVP on Facebook *


AYPAL OFFICE WARMING

Please Join AYPAL as We Celebrate Our Move to Downtown Oakland
and Kick-off Our 14th Year of Building API Youth Power!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
5 pm – 7 pm
We are now located at:
The Movement Strategy Center
436 14th St. / 5th Floor / Oakland / CA / 94612

Don’t Miss Out!

Performances and Videos by AYPAL Youth Leaders
Learn more about AYPAL’s Ethnic Studies campaign and how you can get involved!

Light refreshments will be served.

Children and families welcome!



For More Information
Jay Conui
510-698-3838 Ext. 701
or
Tiffany Eng
510-698-3838 Ext. 702


AYPAL’s 3rd Annual Garage Sale!


Where:

Park Blvd Plaza
Located in Oakland’s Eastlake Neighborhood
Corner of Park Blvd & East 21st Street
*Across from Goodyear Tires*
Oakland, CA 94610


When:

SATURDAY
JUNE 11th, 2011
9AM-6PM


What:

Everything!!!  This will be our biggest sale yet! (more…)