It's time to unveil a project I've been working on for the past few months.
I've always been so inspired by art, which has given me an outlet for expression for so long. A lot of my work revolves around my identity as a first generation Chinese-American. I know that my parents have always supported my artistic endeavors, but I know it is also a common theme for Asian parents to steer their children away from an art path. Because of this, a lot of Asian students don't get the opportunities to pursue art as a passion. This summer, I wanted to defy that reality and help a few aspiring artists along on their paths.
In early April, I began applying for grants and contacting organizations to host an in-person summer art workshop in July to help young Asian-American artists in Philadelphia learn more about art and give them the resources to pursue it.
In the end, the COVID-19 situation forced me to move that plan to a virtual format, which has the same goal.
In June, I received a $1,000.00 grant from the Awesome Foundation Philly Chapter to execute my idea. (read my winning statement here).
So...what will this arts initiative do?
DeclarASIAN will be sending free art kits to Asian-American young artists who apply for this opportunity to enrich their art pursuits. These kits will consist of Liquitex acrylic paints, brushes, pen and ink sets, canvases, pencil sets, and a full, 9-course lesson plan specifically designed to help you create a beautiful final project that expresses your cultural identity.