Programs & Exhibitions

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Spring 2021 Programs

Exhibition and Virtual Festival | Asia North 2021: A Celebration of Art, Culture and Community

April 10 - May 15, Station North Arts District and Online
Co-presented with Central Baltimore Partnership

Celebrate art, culture, and the Korean history and heritage of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Regional AAPI artists and organizations present an exhibit and virtual festival including artist talks, performances, cooking demonstrations, and art workshops.

Asia North 2021 schedule

Asia North 2021 Exhibition

April 10 - May 15

Virtual: VIEW EXHIBIT HERE
Launching on April 10, the exhibit will be on view online and in socially distanced locations throughout the Station North Arts District, including Motor House, Joe Squared, SNF Parkway Theatre, North Avenue Market, Impact Hub, and Nancy by SNAC.

Featured artists include: Reed Bmore, Cheng Cao, Molli Chang, Anu Das, Marlo De Lara, Gloria Tseng Fischer, Farhad Heidarian, Margaret Huey, Linda Kato, Jinyoung Koh, Sunjin Lee, Jing Ma, Hadrian Mendoza, Miki + Dolor + Van Ngo + Hsiao-Chu Hsia, Sookkyung Park, Grace Ren, Slothpotato, Nahid Tootoonchi, , Anjali Wells, Andersen Woof, and Nikita Yogaraj.

Asia North 2021 Virtual Kick-Off

Saturday, April 10, 4 p.m. ET

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The virtual kick-off event features a video tour of the exhibit in Station North and performances and presentations by Greater Baltimre/DMV artists, including salmunori and pansori by Korean Performing Arts Academy of America (KPAAA), FilAm artist Derrick Quevedo, Sughra Hussainy (Afghani and Islamic miniature painting, calligraphy and illumination), Henna artist Ambika Ramsundar, and Jorgelina Lopez (contemporary home décor using Japanese textile techniques). Handiasporia blues musician and producer, EN’B, concludes the program with their performance of a fusion of Korean and R&B music.

Night Market Online

Saturday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. ET

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Charm City Night Market presents a Night Market Online cooking demonstration with Brown Rice. 

Virtual Workshop: Exploring Identity through Culture

Saturday, April 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

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AA&CC and the Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (APAC) co-present this virtual workshop led by artist, Lek Vercauteren Borja, on Saturday, April 17 at 1pm. Participants create collages from their personal and cultural experiences.

Virtual Concert: Dong Xi - The Way

Wednesday, April 21, 8 p.m. ET

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Chao Tian and Tom Teasley bring Chinese dulcimer and world percussion together in conversations based on the Taoist philosophy of Wu Wei, meaning “action through inaction.” Register/Join the event here 

Virtual Workshop: Zinemaking 101

Friday, April 30, 7 p.m. ET 

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During this happy-hour virtual workshop with Margaret Huey, learn about the creativity, community, and action we can enact with zines, a cheap, accessible, and fun way to share information and stories. 

Virtual Workshop: Making Stories with Where We’re From

Friday, May 7, 7 p.m. ET

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During this happy-hour virtual workshop with artist Margaret Huey, build your visual and written storytelling skills from your own memories, experiences, and knowledge.

Festival artwork by Ameena Fareeda.

Asia North 2021 partners, sponsors, and supporters include Asian Arts & Culture Center, Central Baltimore Partnership, Station North Arts District, Motor House, Joe Squared, SNF Parkway Theatre, North Avenue Market, Impact Hub, Nancy by SNAC, Charm City Night Market, Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, Yoshinobu & Kathleen Shiota, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Citizens of Baltimore County, AA&CC Members, TD Bank, BB&T/Truist, PNC Bank, WYPR, Guppy Management Services, Community Housing Partners, Mike Shecter, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee, Baltimore Changwon Sister City Committee, and Brown Rice. 


Online Exhibition | Anak (My Child)

Virtual: VIEW EXHIBIT HERE

Lek Vercauteren Borja’s mixed media works explore the personal and social impact of Spanish colonization and American imperialism on the Filipino experience. Vercauteren Borja weaves history with personal experience to draw out broader contemporary Filipino American stories of identity, displacement, trauma, survival, resilience, and belonging.

Artist Talk | Meet the Artist: Lek Vercauteren Borja

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Virtual: Register Here (Free)

Celebrate the launch of Anak (My Child) with a talk by multimedia artist, Lek Vercauteren Borja, who discusses her dynamic and ethereal mixed media works and the experiences that inspire them. Vercauteren Borja emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. with her family at age 10 and has since moved through the world many times feeling displaced. She uses art to return to those moments in order to better understand them and their effect on shaping her as a person.

Artist Phaan Howng with her Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice installation

Exhibition | Phaan Howng: A Bag of Rocks for A Bag of Rice

Extended thru JULY 31
Virtual: VIEW EXHIBIT HERE
Gallery Hours Masks and social distancing required. 6 person limit.

Exquisitely disposed rocks and trees and vegetation. The promise of an inspired space of meditation and detachment. Such has been of the Westernized image of the Chinese and Japanese garden. Yet, such enchanted “natural” spaces camouflage the histories of empire, wealth, privilege, exploitation, ecological extraction, and displacement behind their creation. Phaan Howng’s site-specific installation engages East Asian gardens as a case study of the dynamics embedded within these private spaces.

Workshop | Year of the Ox Chinese Paper-cut Art with Cheng Cao

Premieres Friday, February 12
Virtual: View Here (Free)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with artist Cheng Cao who will introduce you to Chinese paper-cutting, or jianzhi (剪紙), a folk art that originated in China around the 6th century CE. Learn how to craft a paper-cut ox. Materials needed: Red paper, pencil, eraser, and scissors. Presented by the Asian Arts & Culture Center for the Walters Art Museum's Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration.

Virtual 50th Anniversary Fundraiser | Salu-Salo: A Filipino American Cultural Feast

Friday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Virtual: Tickets: $0 - $45

“Salu-salo” is a Filipino word for gathering and eating together. Prepare yourself a Filipino meal and join the AA&CC for a virtual salu-salo featuring a cook-off with Sony Florendo, Chef Mike Ledesma (Perch RVA and InstaBowl RVA), Chef Rey Eugenio (Heritage Kitchen), and their takes on favorite Filipino recipes; music by Kulintronica and Diwa de Leon who have creatively electrified traditional Filipino instruments; a virtual tour with ANTHILL Fabric Gallery in the Philippines; and an Asian Arts & Culture Center 50th Anniversary cocktail.

Panel Discussion | Filipino American Diaspora: Self-Representations Emerging from the Shadows

Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Virtual: Register Here (Free)

How do poetry, art, oral histories and research convey the complicated histories of Filipino Americans, the fourth largest migrant group in the United States? With over 400 years of colonization and invisibilization, Philippine migrants continue to create a sense of the homeland in their new countries. Gain invaluable insights into Filipino American experiences with poet, Luisa A. Igloria; artist, Lek Vercauteren Borja, and authors E.J.R. David and Dwight Ong. Scholar and artist, Marlo DeLara moderates the discussion.

Exhibition & Virtual Festival | Asia North 2021: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Community

Exhibition: April 10 - May 15, Station North Arts District and online
Virtual festival kick-off: April 10
Co-presented with Central Baltimore Partnership

Celebrate art, culture, and the Korean history and heritage of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Regional AAPI artists and organizations present an exhibit and virtual festival including artist talks, performances, cooking demonstrations, and art workshops. 

Korean Kite

Wishes in the Wind: Korean Kite Kit

Kits starting at $20 donation
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Are you a parent or caregiver looking for a creative and challenging STEAM* activity to engage kids at home? Are you a teacher in search of a project to teach remotely that integrates art, social studies, and engineering? Order our Wishes in the Wind Korean Kite Kits. Each kit contains kite paper, bamboo kite spars, kite string and spool, illustrated instructions, STEAM info, and more. Contribute to building bridges across cultures with your purchase.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

Past Events

Artist Phaan Howng

Gallery Talk and Opening Reception | Meet the Artist: Phaan Howng

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
VIRTUAL

Celebrate the opening of Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice with an opening reception and talk by artist, Phaan Howng. Virtually experience the immersive gallery space while chatting with the artist about her process and the issues that compel her work.

If you require captioning during the event, please submit your request to by Sept. 14.

Forest bathing

Workshop | Forest Bathing: Nature's Therapy

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 10 a.m.
VIRTUAL

Reconnect with nature and your mind, body, and spirit from your own yard, nearby park, or even your house! Naturalist and Forest Therapy Guide, Ana Ka’ahanui, guides you through the experience of shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”), a recent Japanese practice invented in the 1980s and based on Shinto and Buddhist reverence for nature. Adapted for our new world of social-distancing, this session will help you decompress and prepare you to adapt to and even thrive in an ambiguous and ever-changing world.

Our Stories Virtual Forest

Storytelling Festival | Our Stories Virtual Festival

Thursdays, October 1 - November 5, 7 P.M.
VIRTUAL: Click on dates below to register

Celebrate our common humanity and the unique beauty of diverse experiences during this 6 week international community festival. 27 individuals from Baltimore to Bengaluru share their personal and cultural stories about life in quarantine, racism, relationships, social justice, empowerment, persistence, mortality, immigration, identity, courage, loneliness, and sustainable living through narrative, music, art, animation/video/short film, and more.

If you require captioning during the event, please submit your request to  at least 48 hours before the event.

OCTOBER 1, 7 P.M. (ET)

  • Jen Rolnick (Baltimore, MD) “I’m the Coronavirus”
  • Ikennah Umeh (Baltimore, MD) “The Towers”
  • Yuqi Wang (New York, NY) “Relationship”
  • Shanthi & Aishwariya Chandrasekar (Montgomery County, MD) “Kolam”
  • Martin Lamar (Lusaka, Zambia) “Lamar’s Graffiti”
  • Jena Burchick (Baltimore, MD) “Dear Country”
  • Marina Jansen (Frederick, MD) “The Dark Side of the Performing Arts”

OCTOBER 8, 7 P.M. (ET)

Introductory Remarks by Special Guest, Dr. Eric Miller. Director, World Storytelling Institute and Co-facilitator, Indian Storytelling Network.

  • M Pandiarajan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) “Hard to Escape”
  • Priti Sudarsan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) “Funny Folk Story”
  • Fathima Zarin (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) “The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter”

OCTOBER 15, 7 P.M. (ET)

  • Sushmita Mazumdar (Arlington, VA) “Sing to Me, Mr. Shuffle”
  • Charley Jo Raine (Towson, MD) “Fortress”
  • Sookyung Park (Laurel, MD) “Sookkyung’s Art”
  • Henry Chen (Towson, MD) “From Shanghai to Towson: One Immigrant’s Story”

OCTOBER 22, 7 P.M. (ET)

  • Renu Naryan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) “Nonnie’s Big Adventure”
  • Pretigaya Haran (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) “Naarangi Bai, The Brave Teenager”
  • Sonia Bareja Punhani (Delhi, India) “The Story of Selfless Love-Mirabai”
  • Priyanka Chatterjee (Kolkata, India) “A Story and a Song”

OCTOBER 29, 7 P.M. (ET)

  • Caroline Maya (England) “Home”
  • Adrianna Morgan (Baltimore, MD) “Confusion, Comfort, and Clarity: Identity as Explored by a Caribbean-American Artist”
  • Meera (Bethesda, MD) “My Father’s Prayer Ritual”
  • Geethanjali Javed (India) “Three Religions”

NOVEMBER 5, 7 P.M. (ET)

  • Lopamudra Mohanty (Mumbai, India) “God’s Own Carpenter”
  • Goutam Bansantani (India) “Mysterious Room”
  • Lavanya Prasad (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) “The Maharaja’s Whim”
  • Shreya Biswas (India) “Devotion of Salabeg”
Asia North: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Community

Asia North 2020 Art & Music Exchange: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Community

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7 p.m.
VIRTUAL

This livestream event will feature art talks and performances by multidisciplinary artist Marlo De Lara (a.k.a. marlo egglant), hip-hop duo S.N.R.G. (Some Never Really Get), and visual artists Andersen Woof and Vidya Vijayasekharan. Asia North is a collaborative community celebration that recognizes, showcases, and honors the art, culture and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore, especially the Korean history of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Asia North 2020 features an online art exhibition, Tradition - Memory - Transformation, which showcases the works of 25 regional Asian and Asian American artists, and a brief history of Koreatown. Co-presented with Central Baltimore Partnership.

If you require captioning during the event, please submit your request to by Oct. 13.

Gardening for the Future panel discussion

Panel Discussion | Gardening for the Future

Tuesday, OCTOBER 20, 7 P.M.
VIRTUAL

Join artist, Phaan Howng; scholar, Natasha Myers; botanical garden planner, Nicole DeFeo; and Herring Run Nursery assistant manager, Mary Lewis; as they deconstruct how ideal aestheticized gardens reflect power relations between humans and nature. Rethink how gardening practices can be mobilized to create more environmentally sustainable futures.

If you require captioning during the event, please submit your request to .edu by Oct. 16.

Pollinator garden

Workshop | Pollinator Gardening: Designing Sustainable Habitats

Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m., VIRTUAL
1st Hour presentation: Free
2nd Hour interactive Workshop

Join Blue Water Baltimore and Phaan Howng to learn how you can help restore habitats for struggling pollinators by strategically planting native plants. Discover the how and why of pollinator gardening and its connection to watershed health. Learn how to design your own pollinator garden and digitally share your design with other workshop participants.


Continuing Programs

Family Arts Day

Family Arts Days

The AA&CC collaborates every semester with TU’s Community Art Center to engage families in experiencing and making art through drop-in art activities, performances, interactive gallery experiences, and story time.

 

 

Master Cambodian musician, Chum Ngek, helps a TU music student play the kong thom.

TU Pin Peat Ensemble (Cambodian Classical Music)

The AA&CC and TU Department of Music teamed up to offer the TU Pin Peat (Khmer classical music) Ensemble led by master Cambodian musician, Chum Ngek. Through this course, which was established in spring 2017, TU students expand their artistic and cultural horizons while contributing to the preservation and longevity of a tradition that was nearly decimated during the Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia.

Special thanks to the Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, and AA&CC members for making this initiative possible.

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection

This ongoing project highlights exhibitions, performances, workshops, artist residencies, and online resources featuring local Asian arts and culture in Maryland communities . It also incorporates The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project, an interdisciplinary studies course combining ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Student research informs Center programming. In fall 2015, we initiated the “Connection” with an exhibition, performances, workshops and family days introducing local audiences to the living Khmer art and culture in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project (IDFA 480/580 Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Special Topics Seminar) is an interdisciplinary studies course in Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication. This course combines ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Students identify their own research topic and conduct independent research with guidance from the instructors throughout the semester.  Topics can include art, music, dance, theater, foodways, costumes, healing arts, martial arts and more. Students create a portfolio of their research as a culminating project at the end of the semester. Student projects will be used in programs at the Asian Arts & Culture Center.

Read about the topics OUR students researched...