California Arts Council

State of California

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APAture '15: Future Tense
For SF Bay Area artists

APAture is Kearny Street Workshop’s annual multidisciplinary arts festival that presents and promotes a range of art by local up-and-coming artists of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent. For fourteen seasons, the festival has sparked dialogue around contemporary political issues, particularly affecting the Asian and/or the Pacific Islander community, and inspired collaboration between artists and community members toward political action.

This year, we’re inviting artists to imagine what’s possible for the future, and are particularly interested in how social change might be exhibited in your work. What do you envision for our communities in the FUTURE TENSE? Tell us with your art.

We’re looking to feature the following art:

  • Comics and Illustration: Comics, zines, illustrations, etc.
  • Film: Animation, documentary, experimental, music video, slideshow, etc.
  • Literary Arts: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, spoken word, etc.
  • Music: All genres, including electronic, turntable, sound, noise, etc.
  • Performing Arts: Theater, dance, movement, puppetry, comedy, etc.
  • Visual Arts: Painting, photography, sculpture, installation, multimedia, etc.
  • If you don't see your art form listed here, please contact us anyway at We're happy to take your proposal into consideration!

You’re eligible to apply if you:

  • Are of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent
  • Live or work in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Will be submitting work created in or after 2013
  • Consider yourself to be an emerging artist

Please read through our Artist FAQ completely before starting your application.


Kearny Street Workshop is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting art that empowers Asian and/or Pacific Islander communities. Since 1972, KSW has offered adult arts education programs and multidisciplinary arts presentations to local community members. Join us at

Deadline: 07-31-2015
Kearny Street Workshop
San Francisco, CA

Contact: Vincent Yin

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