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Shaw Pong Liu, Sing Home

The Pao Arts Center is proud to announce the selection of its inaugural artist-in-residence, violinist and composer, Shaw Pong Liu. As 2016 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, Liu started the Code Listen project, using creative music workshops and performances to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices, in collaboration with the Boston Police Department, teen artists, and family members surviving homicide. Her compositions have been commissioned by A Far Cry, the Lorelei Ensemble, and the New Gallery Concert Series. As a violinist Shaw Pong has performed with groups including Silk Road Ensemble, MIT’s Gamelan GalakTika, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Castle of Our Skins. She is a teaching artist for the Silk Road Project, Young Audiences, Cantata Singers and Celebrity Series.

Known for engaging diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music and social dialogue, Liu will be at the Pao Arts Center from October 2017-July 2018 with her project Sing Home.

Sing Home will collect and share songs from the homes of the people of Boston's Chinatown - residents, workers, visitors - and create new musical compositions as a way to start conversations about immigration, neighborhood, and cultural and civic identity. Through her project, Liu explores how understanding the musical history of the people in one neighborhood contributes to a wider conversation on immigration.

About the Artist-In-Residence Program

Neighborhood engagement is the focus of the Pao Arts Center’s ten-month residency program. One artist per year is selected to work with the center on a dynamic project that stimulates community dialogue in public spaces within and beyond the Center’s walls through artistic practice. The selected artist receives financial support, project resources, and office space at the Pao Arts Center. 

Look for the next call for applications in Spring 2018. Contact: Cynthia Woo