#250posts24hrsAAPI - 89: History Profile: Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

From the aawaa site:

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) was founded in 1989 in San Francisco by Betty Kano, Flo Oy Wong, and Moira Roth to promote the visibility of Asian American women artists and to serve as a vehicle for personal expression with a view of Asian American cultures and history from women’s perspective.

Over the years AAWAA has encouraged dialogue across cultures and generations and built community among Asian American women artists through exhibitions, publications, readings, talks, and the distribution of educational packets. By educating art establishments that have historically excluded works by Asian American women artists, including major museums, galleries, collections and publications, AAWAA has provided access to these venues and furthers the goal of establishing the place of Asian American women in American art history. AAWAA has both exhibited and or lectured at the de Young Museum, College Art Association, UC Berkeley, SF State University, Stanford University, Driftwood Gallery, SomArts Cultural Center, Chinese Culture Center to name a few.

In 2007, AAWAA was guided to non-profit status under the leadership of Debbie Yee and Nancy Hom. From 2008 to the present Cynthia Tom and Shari Arai DeBoer have been at the helm.