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Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture

Fostering the FilAm Agenda, through arts & culture

aka FilAm ARTS   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.filamarts.org

Mission

Embracing the value of KAPWA (shared being), the mission of the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture, Inc., also known as FilAmARTS, is to facilitate community synergy and transformation by advancing the arts and diverse cultural heritage of Filipinos through arts services, presentation, and education.

Ruling year info

2019

Programming Director

Ms. Giselle Tongi-Walters

Main address

153 Glendale Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA

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Formerly known as

Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture

EIN

95-4747810

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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​FILAM ARTS MISSION IS TO BRING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES TOGETHER THROUGH THE POWER OF FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTS AND CULTURE, PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION, FOR PRESENTATION, REPRESENTATION AND EDUCATION SO THAT WE BREAK DOWN LANGUAGE & GENERATIONAL BARRIERS IN ORDER TO BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH CULTURAL DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION. \n\nEmbracing 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.​\n\nWe provide in person or virtually opportunities to celebrate and provide economic opportunities to ​Filipino American artists from multiple disciplines in the arts and culture space.

Our programs

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Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

The Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Cultuer (FPAC) is a series of multidisciplinary arts events in the County of Los Angeles, which includes art exhibits, literary readings, performances, and film screenings that culminate in a two-day festival weekend. The first Festival was held in 1992 as a project developed by the city of Los Angeles to foster cultural understanding among its growing multicultural constituency.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Artists and performers

The Pilipino Artists Network is a capacity-building initiative for artists in traditional folk arts, dance, music, visual arts, literary arts, film / media, arts education, as well as presenters.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Ethnic and racial groups

Eskuwela
Kultura (Cultural School) promotes literacy and cultural understanding among
inner city youth through arts and crafts workshops across Los Angeles County.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Ethnic and racial groups

“Saysay” (pronounced sigh-sigh) is a Tagalog word that has a double meaning: to have intrinsic value and to declare. The SAYSAY Project aims to declare or highlight the contributions of Filipinos to American culture through a documentation project that captures the myriad of experiences in the Filipino diaspora via story telling and public art.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Ethnic and racial groups

The Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Cultuer (FPAC) is a series of multidisciplinary arts events in the County of Los Angeles, which includes art exhibits, literary readings, performances, and film screenings that culminate in a two-day festival weekend. The first Festival was held in 1992 as a project developed by the city of Los Angeles to foster cultural understanding among its growing multicultural constituency.
This year the Festival returns in its 29th year at the Levitt Pavilion, at MacArthur Park.
FPAC is the longest running SoCal Tradition for the Filipino/ Filipino American community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Multiracial people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FilAm ARTS adopted a 10-year Success Equation or Theory of Change in 2008 that states: FilAm ARTS builds community through presentation, collaboration, and celebration of the cultural heritage of the Filipino American populations within California's multicultural landscape. And this is achieved by accomplishment of the following combined goals:\r\nA) Create a common ground space for diverse types of self-expression and innovative programming;\r\nB) Engage the Filipino American immigrant community as well as create opportunities for leadership for next generations;\r\nC) Maintain and grow a strong and sustainable organizational structure through engaging experts and internal leadership; and,\r\nD) Operate in a financially sustainable manner and create diverse, healthy revenue streams.

A) To create a common ground space for diverse types of self-expression and innovative programming - the strategies include: \r\n1) To ensure diversity, FilAm ARTS maintains the program engagement of artists from multiple artistic genres.\r\n2) To give equal access, FilAm ARTS maintains the engagement of artists from different experience levels: Emerging (less than 5 years), Mid-career (5-10 years), Established (more than 10 years).\r\n3) The organization offers a number of programs throughout the year in different genres.\r\n\r\nB) Engage the Filipino American immigrant community as well as create opportunities for leadership for the next generations - the strategies include: \r\n1) Recognizing multicultural dimensions of the community, communications are directed towards specific target markets, i.e. immigrant, senior, next generation youth, etc.\r\n2) Leadership development through internship and mentorship programs on board and staff levels.\r\n\r\nC) Maintain and grow a strong and sustainable organizational structure through engaging experts and internal leadership - strategies include: \r\n1) Continuous leadership development and education on all levels of engagement: board, staff, and volunteer.\r\n2) To maintain diversity and balance in the board leadership, FilAm ARTS continues to identify and engage leaders from outside the organization's realm.\r\n\r\nD) Operate in a financially sustainable manner and create diverse, healthy revenue streams - strategies include: \r\n1) Maintaining diverse sources of income that include: grants, donations (monetary and in-kind, and earned income from programs.\r\n2) Developing individual donation streams.\r\n3) The organization continues to maintain good standing in its operations and transparency in its finances.

NETWORKS: \r\n- FilAm ARTS has access to over 500 artists in 9 multiple disciplines: music, dance, performance, visual arts, literary arts, traditional arts, film & media, arts education, as well as presenters.\r\n- FilAm ARTS is the fiscal receiver for SCPASA - Southern California Pilipino American Student Alliance comprised of 15 - 20 collegiate student organizations across Southern California and Nevada that engages 300-400 youth volunteers every year.\r\n- Over 250 businesses from California, Las Vegas, Florida, New York, and the Philippines participate in the BUY PINOY outreach campaign and at least 100 entrepreneurs exhibit at FPAC.\r\n- The organization has over 100 partner organizations ranging from community-based to government, non-profit to for-profit, arts to non-arts such as health, education, social services, faith-based, and others.\r\n\r\nARTS & CULTURAL PRODUCTION: With 24 festivals under its belt, the organization has wide range of expertise in arts production that includes: \r\n\r\nEDUCATION / HUMANITIES: The organization has institutional knowledge (curriculum, resources, systems) and access to education / field experts in cultural arts education.\r\n\r\nLEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Over 20 years in experience, FilAm ARTS has developed a curriculum and system for leadership training emerging leaders in hands-on multi-disciplinary arts, cultural negotiation, and community work.\r\n\r\nMANAGEMENT CAPACITY: Through the production of 24 festivals, the organization has experience, capacities and systems in both non-profit administration and business management.

In 2013, FilAm ARTS achieved its Success Equation through:\r\nA) FilAm ARTS was able to create a common ground space for diverse types of self-expression and innovative programming. This was measured by: Increased number of artists engaged from 141 in 2012 to 169 in 2013: 57 emerging artists, 40 mid-career, and 72 established artists. From audience surveys, 64% expressed satisfaction with programming. There were 11 programs presented in 2013.\r\n\r\nB) FilAm ARTS was able to engage the Filipino American immigrant community as well as create opportunities for leadership for the next generations. This was measured by: the number of community partners engaged = 108, the number of program volunteers maintained at 400, and 6 interns were engaged. Also 3 new members joined the board.\r\n\r\nC) FilAm ARTS was able to maintain and grow a strong and sustainable organizational structure through engaging experts and internal leadership. This was measured by: 100% of board members were involved in fundraising; 100% of the staff were satisfied with their jobs; 100 or 90% of professional volunteers continued to be engaged; and 90% of board members went through the leadership pipeline starting as volunteers.\r\n\r\nD) FilAm ARTS was able to operate in a financially sustainable manner and create diverse, healthy revenue streams. This was measured by: 1) Increase in earned program income: $118,871 in 2013 from $111,991 in 2012. 2) Better cost efficiency of the program from $10.79 per person to $10.68 per person. 3) Individual donations at $5,927. HIgh percentage of retention for sponsors: 90% and vendors: 80%.

Financials

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Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alvin Catacutan

Pamana Kali

Term: 2021 - 2025

Marcie Marcie Taylor

Marcie Taylor Media

Alvin Catacutan

Pamana Kali Martial Arts

Ghen Laraya Long Esq.

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Mark Anthony Nicholas

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Eliseo Art Silva

Muralist

Mary Rose Mendoza

Pasadena College

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/12/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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