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WETA Arts: May 2019

WETA Arts

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WETA Arts spotlights visual and performing arts in Greater Washington and celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the nation’s capital. The half-hour magazine-style show presents a variety of stories, profiles and discussions, while introducing emerging and established artists alike. This month, the program celebrates Asian Pacific American heritage with stories on DC’s changing Chinatown, a dancer exploring his Hawaiian roots, and a modern take on an ancient Korean quilting tradition.

 

Documenting Chinatown

Penny Lee

Award-winning documentary editor Penny Lee turns producer to preserve stories of the Chinese American experience. She turns her camera on Washington DC’s rapidly- disappearing Chinatown, including its experience in the 1968 riots.

 

For More Information:

www.1882foundation.org→

www.wdchumanities.org/humanities-project-funding/whos-a-washingtonian/→

www.pennylee.com/chinese-american-veteran-stories→

www.threechinatowns.com →

Pōhaku: Creation Stones

Christopher Morgan

Christopher K. Morgan, the artistic director of DC’s Dance Place, explores his Hawaiian heritage through his latest dance theater piece, Pōhaku. He’s travelled the world as a modern dancer, but now Morgan is infusing his current work with traditional dances and stories from his childhood to explore collective Hawaiian themes such as heritage preservation and fractured identity.

 

For More Information:

www.danceplace.org→

www.christopherkmorgan.com →

Fabric of Life

Julia Kwon

Local textile artist Julia Kwon uses bojagi, an ancient Korean quilt-making tradition, to tackle contemporary issues faced by Asian American women.

 

For More Information:

www.koreaculturedc.org→

www.nfm.go.kr→

http://www.juliakwon.com/ →

Smithsonian Reconceived

Smithsonian

The name “Smithsonian” conjures up large impressive buildings on the National Mall. But a program called the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is leading the way in rethinking the idea of “museum” by bringing history, art, and cultural experiences into communities.

 

For More Information:

www.nps.gov→

www.smithsonianapa.org →
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