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Asian Arts Freedom School

June 27th, 2006     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

Attention Asian/South Asian/ Pacific Islander youth in the Greater Toronto Area:

The Asian Arts Freedom School is a new project of ASAO, a Toronto group of Asian/ Pacific Islander (API) activist rappers, spoken-word artists, musicians, writers and beatboxers. The aim is to teach youth writing and performance skills and radical API history you wont learn in school.

The Freedom School runs on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., July 11 to August 29 at the Kapisanan Philippine Arts Centre (167 Augusta Ave., Toronto). Each workshop will be a chance to learn a different skill (performing your work, beatboxing, using movement), create new pieces and learn histories of Asian activism and resistance.

The workshops are free! There will also be food and free TTC tokens. As the e-mail about the Freedom School says, “To us Asian = East Asian, SouthEast Asian, South Asian, West Asian (a.k.a. Arab or Middle-Eastern), mixed-race, adoptee, suburban, hood, just got here or been here since the 1800s from the Philippines to Palestine, North China to Sri Lanka.”

For info and registration contact Gein Wong (gein at poetic dot com) or Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (brownstargirl at riseup dot net).

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