Embracing the value of kapwa (shared being), the mission of the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture’s (also known as FilAm ARTS) is to facilitate community synergy and transformation by advancing the arts and diverse cultural heritage of Filipinos through arts services, presentation, and education.
FilAm ARTS believes in the power of the arts to overcome language barriers and build community through cultural diversity. We pursue our mission through our five public programs, which include:
- the Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
- the statewide Pilipino Artists Network
- arts education program, Eskuwela Kultura
- Buy Pinoy Campaign
- The Saysay Project, our storytelling initiative
What We've Achieved
For over two decades, FilAm ARTS has been recognized AS A LEADER in community arts, not only in Southern California, but also throughout the nation:
As A Presenter
FilAm ARTS is a leading presenter of traditional and emerging Filipino American artists and art forms in Southern CA. The Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) presents over 500 multidisciplinary artists to an audience of 25,000 from all over the country, in collaboration with 200 community organizations, businesses and government agencies, and involving more than 300 volunteers. FilAm ARTS programs include: concerts; literary programs;film presentations; visual art exhibits and educational programs such as internships, after-school programs, and artist trainings.
FilAm ARTS is also one of the leading cultural organizations in Los Angeles that sat on the advisory boards of the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Celebration of the Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the City of Los Angeles’s 32nd Annual Lotus Festival, and the Smithsonian Institution's 2006 “Centennial of Filipino American Migration.”
As A Resource
A lead resource organization in national initiatives such as the Ford Foundation’s Asian Pacific American network “Connect the Arts,” the “Pilipino American Performing Arts Initiative,” the National Hip Hop Summit in New York, and a recipient of The Ford Foundation’s Emerging Voices, New Directions program. The California Community Foundation has identified FilAm ARTS as one of four lead cultural organizations in Los Angeles for their Cultural Arts Pilot Program.
As An Advocate
One of the leading cultural arts organizations in California that founded the CA Cultural Alliance, a coalition of artist networks advocating for multicultural arts, that influenced the writing Assembly Bill 716 to create the CA Cultural and Historical Endowment.