Kal Penn, Eric Wong, and Willa Kim to be honored by the Asian American Arts Alliance

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

From the AAAA Press Release:

Asian American Arts Alliance (Alliance), a non-profit organization based in New York City will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 with a gala entitled “GALAXXY” at the TriBeCa Rooftop. This silver anniversary marks a quarter century of commitment to helping hundreds of local Asian American artists and arts groups in the performing and visual arts to access more funding and visibility for their work. In commemorating this milestone year, the Alliance will honor three outstanding industry leaders who have made strides for Asian Americans in their respective fields. […] “I’m honored to be recognized by the Alliance at their 25th anniversary event,” says honoree Kal Penn. “Opportunities for artists are rare in any walk of life, so it’s particularly encouraging to see the growth of the organization over the years, and their service to the community. Thank you for all of the support and for creating even more opportunities in the arts.”

While you probably already know Kal Penn you may not be familiar with Eric Wong or Willa Kim:

Eric Wong

CMO, Bad Boy Entertainment / SVP, Marketing, Atlantic Records

Eric Wong creates and oversees the marketing strategy for Bad Boy artists, working closely with the Atlantic staff. Previously, he served as vp, marketing at the Island Records division of the Island Def Jam Music Group, where he developed marketing campaigns for such artists as Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Fall Out Boy and Hoobastank, among many others. He also worked with the Russell Simmons Music Group. Wong began his music career as a college representative for EMI Records and then spent three years as a product manager at V2 Records.

Willa Kim

World renowned costume designer

Recently inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, making her one of only a handful of costume designers so honored, Kim won Tony Awards for Tommy Tune’s The Will Rogers Follies and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies starring Judith Jamison and Gregory Hines and Tony nominations for Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Peter Allen’s Legs Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Song and Dance and Goodtime Charley starring Joel Grey.