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2.18.2016

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling

The White House is honoring artists and advocates as part of AAPI Heritage Month.



Do you know an artist or advocate whose work has highlighted the unique experiences of AAPIs and brought attention to the pressing issues facing our community? Nominate them as a Champion of Change!

This year, as part of AAPI Heritage Month, the White House will honor Champions of Change for AAPI art and storytelling who have raised the visibility of diverse AAPI experiences and created dialogue and awareness around key issues of our community, and encouraging diversity and inclusion in all sectors of society.

Here are Jason Tengco and Doua Thor of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders putting the call out for Champions of Change for AAPI art and storytelling:



Nominees may include storytellers in film, television and literature, poets and spoken word artists, and musicians. Here are some more details:

Artists and advocates, through their unique channels and distinct platforms, have played a critical role in telling powerful stories, increasing awareness around key AAPI issues, and encouraging diversity and inclusion in all sectors of society. As a part of this year’s AAPI Heritage Month, the White House Initiative on AAPIs will convene AAPI leaders and allies to highlight the accomplishments of AAPI artists and advocates.

In coordination with these efforts, the White House will honor Champions of Change for AAPI art and storytelling who have raised the visibility of diverse AAPI experiences and created dialogue around issues the community faces. The Champions of Change program honors individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

Nominees may include:

• Storytellers who have included and continue to include AAPI characters in their films, television shows, and literature to address pressing issues, including immigration, civil rights, economic opportunity, health, diversity and inclusion, and more;

• Poets and spoken word artists who highlight AAPI experiences in their work in order to advance pressing issues, including immigration, civil rights, economic opportunity, health, diversity and inclusion, and more;

• Musicians who use music as a tool to bring national attention to issues facing the AAPI community, including immigration, civil rights, economic opportunity, health, diversity and inclusion, and more.

I can think of so many incredible, badass people who go fit the bill. I'm sure you can think of more than a few too. You can nominate a Champion of Change by Wednesday, March 9. Be sure to select "AAPI Art and Storytelling" as your "Theme of Service" on the nomination form.

More here: Nominate a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling


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