Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Asian Art Museum Hosts 1st Annual Filipino-American National History Month Celebration

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Sunday, October 4
10:30 am – 4 pm
Free admission to all courtesy of Target

September 15, 2009, San Francisco, CA: October is Filipino­American National History Month, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco will mark this important period by honoring the narratives and contributions of Filipinos in the United St ates with a museum­wide celebration on Sunday, October 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum visitors can explore Philippine art and Filipino American history in the Bay Area through an array of presentations and act ivit ies by local Filipino American artists, performers, writers, scholars, educators, and community groups, including a panel discussion on Filipino American histories in the Bay Area, literary readings, videos, and displays from personal collections of historical artifacts.

Visitors can also enjoy an original theatrical work from local Filipino American performing arts organizat ion group Bindlest iff, as well as Pinoy Jazz, Blues, and Kundiman by musical group Little Brown Brother led by Carlos Zialcita, director of the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival.

The museum also invites visitors to explore artworks from the Philippines on view in the museum’s Southeast Asian galleries, which highlights items from the museum’s collect ion. Families can also enjoy art activities inspired by Philippine culture, including listening to Filipino folktales presented in the museum’s galleries, and watching performances of classical Philippine dances presented by youth from the American Center for Philippine Art.

Programs are subject to change. For updates, please visit the museum’s website or call 415.­581­.3500.

Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm every Thursday from February through September.

General Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth 13–17, and free for children under 12. On Thursday evenings (February through September) general admission after 5 pm is just $5 for all visitors except those under 12 and members, who are always free. Target First Free Sundays: The museum offers FREE general admission to all on the first Sunday of every month, courtesy of Target.