August 24, 2000: After two-year period of strategic planning by the festival stakeholders, theAssociation for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture (FilAm ARTS) was officially launched as the 501(c)(3) umbrella organization for FPAC.
FilAm ARTS goes statewide when the Pilipino Artists Network (PAN) became the statewide voice for Filipino Americans and one of the founding networks of the California Cultural Alliance, a coalition of statewide networks advocating for multicultural arts.
FilAm ARTS expanded its programs to includeEskuwela Kultura (Cultural School), an after-school cultural arts education program which serves at-risk, inner city, K-12 youth in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, in partnership with SIPA and funded by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department.
FilAm ARTS participated in The Ford Foundation’s Hip Hop Summit.
Expanding virtual presence, www.filamarts.org relaunched, reaching over 300,000 hits per month.
August - November 2011: FilAm ARTS conducted workshops on making the parol (star lantern) called Parol ng Pinoy, across Los Angeles County.
Through a grant from the Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Fund, FilAm ARTS launched its newest initiative, The Saysay Project, a community-sourced documentation project that captures the myriad of experiences in the Filipino diaspora through storytelling.
May 2014: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS presented the groundbreaking Filipino American art and historical exhibit The Saysay Project: Arrival of the 12th Poblador at the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument. The exhibit featured 25 artists and attracted 3,000 visitors.
The Saysay Pavilionfeatured Unrecognized History,an interactive timeline with Kabataan makaBayan that juxtaposed personal history with Philippine / Filipino American history, creative writing workshops, and theSaysay Salon.
May 2015: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS presented the art exhibit Kuwento Engkuwentro: Angeleno Folklore, Legends, and Sidewalk Stories at the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument. The exhibit featured more than 30 artists and attracted 3,500 visitors.