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Program Roundup: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Great Hall

Voices speaking, voices singing, voices cheering with art in the air—May is all about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage voices! 

At Crystal Bridges, we’re taking time to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month by featuring artists and speakers from the AAPI community here in Northwest Arkansas. To help you plan your visit to the museum and showcase some of the contributions by our AAPI community members and partners, we’ve put together a roundup of AAPI Heritage Month programs here and on our calendar.

Kite Together! Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Sunday, May 23, 11 am to 2 pm at Orchard Park

Illustration of kites

Let’s go fly a kite! Co-hosted by the Asian Pacific Association Network, a staff resource group at Walmart and Crystal Bridges, this free drop-in program features artmaking, live music, and kite flying to highlight the heritage and artistry of kites in Asian Pacific cultures.

This event is BYOK (Bring Your Own Kite), but additional kites will be made available for visitors to share on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find out more here.

Virtual Community Discussion: Asian Pacific Heritage

Monday, May 24, 4 to 5:15 pm

Crystal Bridges modern and contemporary art gallery
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

We invite you to join a virtual community discussion with Northwest Arkansas Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members, co-hosted with AAPI resource groups from the University of Arkansas, Walmart, Procter & Gamble, lawyer Sol Kim, and artist Minah Kim. We’ll discuss raising awareness, education, and allyship with our AAPI community members. 

Learn more about the event and reserve your space here.

Family Fun: Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

Friday, May 28, 6 to 8 pm

LOVE sculpture

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with us by learning from artists and instructors whose creative work is inspired by their experiences. Explore hands-on artmaking and activities suitable for all ages on a nice spring evening on the South Lawn!

Find out more here.

Performance with Ensemble HanSori: Lineage

Friday, May 28, 7:30 to 8:30 pm

HanSori Ensemble poster

Join us for a musical performance exploring themes of lineage with Ensemble HanSori, featuring violinist Er-Gene Kahng and pianist Hyun Kim. The musical language of Korean and Korean American composers Sunhee Cho, Jean Ahn, Jonghee Kang, and Seong Ae Kim will meditate upon stories of cultural inheritance, adoption, and dispossession―personal, historical, and artistic.

Learn more about this free event and reserve your seat here.

See you at the museum!