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URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Remember Our Place?

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URBAN x INDIGENOUS (UxI) is a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational convening of artists, activists, incubators, scholars, and community members to honor our ancestors in a society which is driven by the act of leaving them behind. Envisioned by "hip hop dance artist and indigenous arts advocate," Samantha "SAMMAY" Dizon, this event invites the next generation of movers, shakers, and believers to remember those who lived before us so that we may breathe in the life force of today. In its second year, UxI will explore the theme "Remember Our Place?" which speaks to the dismal hxstory of native peoples being forced out of their lands while calling out the modern-day exodus, popularly known as gentrification. Through performance activation, visual arts exhibition, and cyphers - UxI will uncover the state of the Pilipin@ community's displacement in San Francisco and draw parallels to the homebased struggle of the Lumads in Mindanao, Philippines. Together, we will ask the questions which spark and cultivate an inclusive space of dialogue and exploration where we will deepen our understanding of the injustice that has been done to our people - from Mindanao to the Bay Area. 

URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Remember Our Place? will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SOMArts Bay Gallery - presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center with support from SOMArts Cultural Center as part of the 19th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Civil Dis(place)ment.

Centered on the API-experience but in alliance with all indigenous peoples, URBAN x INDIGENOUS aims to unite cultural and urban performance-based artists and strengthen the network of urban-indigenous artists towards collective action through arts as activism.

Alan Khum
Alex Abalos
Baltazar Dasalla
Cece Carpio
Da'ko'ta Alcantara-Camacho
Diana Li
David Petrelli
Dumay Solinggay
Elaine Chu
Johanna Javier
Keke Brown
Kim Vigilante
Laila Espinoza
Monica Magtoto
Nicole Gervacio
Nikila Badua
Samantha Javier Curl
Spencer Wilkinson
Toi Wāhine Collective
Topher Maka
Vincent Escareno

Makha & Tria Blu Wakpa
Gerardo Omar Marin
Kaley Isabella
Kanyon Sayers-Roods
Kristine Sinajon & Kulintronica
Parangal Dance Company
UxI Collective

General Admission $10
Support the Artist $20


12:00 Doors Open
12:30 Opening Circle / Kanyon Sayers-Roods
12:50 Kaley Isabella
1:05 Gingee
1:40 Laila Espinoza
1:55 SPULU
2:15 Workshop: Kristian Kabuay on Culture Bearing
2:55 Kristina Sinajon & Kulintronica
3:05 Makha Blu Wakpa & Tria Blu Wakpa
3:15 Kimmortal
3:45 Alice Street Screening / Q&A with Spencer Wilkinson
4:25 Remember Our Place? by UxI Collective
5:15 AstraLogik
5:45 Parangal Dance Company
5:55 Dialogue: Performing the Urban and the Indigenous
6:35 Sonido Terapia Indigenous Sound Healing Session
by Gerardo Omar Marin
7:15 Closing Circle / M'nai Terry Teresita Cataag Bautista

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URBAN x INDIGENOUS is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.

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