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Leavings/Belongings: Drop-in Bundle Making
Nov
15
to May 4

Leavings/Belongings: Drop-in Bundle Making

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Join Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu in the Leavings/Belongings project at the Pao Art Center.

Inspired by the tradition of storytelling while making, the bundle-making project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.” Through the act of making together, participants can share stories. These anomalously shaped cloth wrapped bundles may represent what is left behind, and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope, dreams. Throughout these sessions, these bundles will be exhibited collectively in public spaces to generate conversation, dialogue, and bridges across experiences, generations, and ethnicity. The bundles will contribute to the project Leavings/Belongings.

Workshops will be held from 4-6pm on Thursdays, starting:

  • November 15 & 29

  • December 6 & 20

  • January 17 & 31

  • February 7 & 27

  • March 14

  • April 25

  • May 4

Materials are provided. Feel free to contribute to the project by bringing fabric meaningful to your personal or your family's journey.

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About the Artist:

Yu-Wen Wu is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu came to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bi-cultural upbringing — the eastern and western influences in life and art.

Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling. Compositing imagery, she draws together the natural world and social movement, on both a personal and global scale. She approached her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of inevitable occurrences. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibiting museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and in many public and private collections.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy

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Acclaimed songwriter musician Julian Saporiti brings his No-No Boy project, an innovative blend of music and scholarship, to Pao Arts Center. Working from years of doctoral research at Brown University, Saporiti has transformed Asian American histories into an immersive multimedia concert using original folk songs and archival projections to create what NPR has called "an act of revisionist subversion." This concert will focus on a selection of songs from Saporiti's vast catalogue that highlight his family's history as Vietnamese refugees, as well as a suite of songs that look at diverse stories from North America's Chinatowns. 

Suggested donation for the event: $10. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

About the Artists:

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs, interwoven amongst stories he has collected through the years, are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films. No-No Boy creates an immersive experience which shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Leavings/Belongings: Community Open House
Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Leavings/Belongings: Community Open House

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Join Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu in the Leavings/Belongings project and gather together to create while sharing stories of your families' and your own immigration experiences!

Inspired by the tradition of storytelling while making, the bundle-making project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.” Through the act of making together, participants can share stories. These anomalously shaped cloth wrapped bundles may represent what is left behind, and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope, dreams. Throughout these sessions, these bundles will be exhibited collectively in public spaces to generate conversation, dialogue, and bridges across experiences, generations, and ethnicity. The bundles will contribute to the project Leavings/Belongings.

Materials are provided. Feel free to contribute to the project by bringing fabric meaningful to your personal or your family's journey.

Join us for our Community Open House!

Yu-Wen Wu.jpg

About the Artist:

Yu-Wen Wu is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu came to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bi-cultural upbringing — the eastern and western influences in life and art.

Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling. Compositing imagery, she draws together the natural world and social movement, on both a personal and global scale. She approached her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of inevitable occurrences. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibiting museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and in many public and private collections.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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API Arts Network Presents: "Storytelling and Activism: What's Your Truth?" Workshop with Sara Porkalob
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

API Arts Network Presents: "Storytelling and Activism: What's Your Truth?" Workshop with Sara Porkalob

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11.6.18 - REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL ! Please email cynthia.woo@bcnc.net to be added to the waiting list.

Don't miss the opportunity to work with Sara Porkalob, award-winning storyteller activist based in Seattle. Storytelling is one of the most rigorous tools we have to fight oppression and social injustice and this three hour workshop provides accessible creative strategies to individuals interested in pairing activism with their specific practice via storytelling. In partner and individual exercises, we will engage in a series of written and performative fast-paced content generative prompts. You’ll learn how to create a dynamic physical world out of nothing and play multiple characters, all the while using YOUR unique strengths and truths to engage your audience towards a shared goal. Stories can change the world. Share yours.

Participants will need: something to write with, something to write on (ideally not an electronic device), a water-bottle, and comfortable clothing.

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Suggested Pay-What-You-Can Donation: $20 including dinner and workshop

About Sara Porkalob:

Sara Porkalob is an award winning storyteller activist based in Seattle. She served as Intiman Theatre's 2017 Co-Curator and is the Managing Director for their Emerging Artist Program. Dragon Lady, her first full length work, has garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award, Broadway World Award for “Best New Play”, and is nominated for three Gregory Awards (Best Musical Production, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Outstanding Sound/Music Design). She was one of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency and is a Nominee for the 2019 Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. In spring of 2019, American Repertory Theatre will produce Dragon Lady and Dragon Mama, the first two solo-shows in her family trilogy THE DRAGON CYCLE . Her new play 7th and Jackson--a coming-of-age tale about three young women set in 1940's Seattle's International District and accompanied by live music--will be produced by Nordo's Culinarium in July 2019. This fall and winter, she is teaching and focusing on writing her family memoir/cookbook/graphic novel.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9071

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Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Pao Arts Center
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Pao Arts Center

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Chinatown Presents two nights of storytelling across neighborhood borders with partners PRX Podcast Garage and Dudley Café.

What if we treat our life stories like the most powerful tools for social change we have? PRX Podcast Garage, the BCNC Pao Arts Center, and Dudley Café join together to showcase ten stories about immigration, cultural visibility/invisibility, multicultural parenting and representation in education as told by everyday community members.

After four weeks of storytelling workshops, ten participants are ready to share their personal stories!

These stories will be shared at Dudley Café on October 19th and at the BCNC Pao Arts Center on October 26th. We hope you can join us at both locations and celebrate these stories with us!

  • Dudley Café

    • Colgan Johnson

    • Rosann Tung

    • Katherine Djom

    • Tammarrah A. Lee

    • Jane Reed

  • Pao Arts Center

    • Monica Scrobotovici

    • Nanthana Nicol

    • Julia Chen

    • Bo

    • Krina Patel

Suggested donation: $10

About PRX: PRX is a leading media company, shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. PRX builds technology and creates cutting-edge content that reaches millions of listeners worldwide.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Dudley Cafe
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Dudley Cafe

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Chinatown Presents two nights of storytelling across neighborhood borders with partners PRX Podcast Garage and Dudley Café.

What if we treat our life stories like the most powerful tools for social change we have? PRX Podcast Garage, the BCNC Pao Arts Center, and Dudley Café join together to showcase ten stories about immigration, cultural visibility/invisibility, multicultural parenting, and representation in education as told by everyday community members.

After four weeks of storytelling workshops, ten participants are ready to share their personal stories!

These stories will be shared at Dudley Café on October 19th and at the BCNC Pao Arts Center on October 26th. We hope you can join us at both locations and celebrate these stories with us!

  • Dudley Café

    • Colgan Johnson

    • Rosann Tung

    • Katherine Djom

    • Tammarrah A. Lee

    • Jane Reed

  • Pao

    • Monica Scrobotovici

    • Nanthana Nicol

    • Julia Chen

    • Bo

    • Krina Patel


Suggested donation: $10

About PRX: PRX is a leading media company, shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. PRX builds technology and creates cutting-edge content that reaches millions of listeners worldwide.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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