The Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC) is dedicated to strengthening racial understanding between communities and empowering youth through artistic practice and community engagement.
Our Mission goals are:
To provide opportunities for young and emerging AAPI artists to share their stories and create.
To engage youth from underrepresented communities by offering mentorship through arts-based educational programs.
To lead community conversations addressing issues of AAPI representation, experiences and identities.
To promote Baltimore as a destination for AAPI artists to create and present work.
The Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC) was founded in 2018 to address the deep need for Asian American and Pacific Indigenous representation and advocacy in the arts communities of Baltimore. Our founders’ goal in establishing BAPAC was to ensure that AAPI art makers would always have a means to advocate for themselves and a platform to share their stories within the arts world of Baltimore.
The Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective is devoted to strengthening the relationships between our communities, especially third culture youths, immigrant and refugee families, and other minority and underrepresented communities in Baltimore. We are dedicated to providing mentorship and arts education opportunities that support the growth and development of young artists of color and encourage them to pursue their creative passions and goals. As an arts collective, we aim to challenge our audience’s perception of what it means to be Asian or Pacific Indigenous in America. We want to encourage others to explore the true diversity of our cultures, experiences and stories through art created by AAPI individuals.
Through our arts programs and initiatives, we hope to continue building relationships with neighboring communities and strengthening solidarity with other underrepresented and misrepresented communities in Baltimore.