Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with These DIA Events

The museum is hosting lectures, performances, film screenings, and more
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DIA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Pictured above are performers at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019 celebration, the museum’s last in-person APAHM festivities. This year, the DIA is hosting events both in-person and virtually. // Photograph courtesy of DIA

May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To celebrate, the Detroit Institute of Arts is partnering with various community groups to present events that highlight Burmese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Mongolian, Polynesian, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cultures.

The lineup kick off on May 5 with a virtual studio visit with Michigan native Mary Brodbeck, who will demonstrate Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. Among the many other events are showings of the 2021 Korean film In Front of Your Face at the Detroit Film Theatre on May 14 and May 22; a May 24 virtual lecture about the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s large collection of drawings and paintings by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai; and a drawing session in the DIA’s Asian Galleries on May 27.

The May celebration wraps on the 28th with three in-person events. A drop-in workshop on bojagi, patchwork cloths made by Korean artists, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cultural Presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m. and include dancing, storytelling, and music. Finally, a music, dance, language, and technology show called “Evolution: The Road to Legacy” is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The DIA is also hosting two events related to APAHM next month. On June 3, the museum will host a virtual talk with Korean graffiti writer Royyal Dog. Then from June 16-19, the DIA is joining other institutions across the city to host Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication virtual and in-person events. Chin, a Chinese American man who was murdered by Detroit autoworkers in 1982, will be remembered through public art, cultural performances, an interfaith remembrance ceremony, a screening of the documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?, and more.

Face masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required to attend events in the DIA’s Studio, DFT Auditorium, and Lecture Hall. General admission to the museum is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, and registration and event-specific ticket information — when applicable — can be found online.

For more information, visit dia.org/apahm2022.

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