Stop the Hate: Healing HeARTS

About Healing HeARTS

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the nation saw a sharp upturn in hate crimes directed towards Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, with East and Southeast Asian-appearing elders and aunties, some of our most vulnerable community members, becoming the most common targets of these racially-motivated hate incidences. Some of these incidences were verbal attacks, while some have been physically violent and resulted in fatalities. In response, our communities quickly mobilized to collect nationwide data on these incidences to make a plea for solidarity against all racially-motivated hate and violence.

Thanks to the efforts of our partners at StopAAPIHate and the AAPI Equity Alliance, the California State Department of Social Services earmarked funding to combat hate and violence — no matter the cultural background, language spoken at home, gender, sexuality, nationality, or age. As a recipient of this funding through our regional lead AAPI Equity Alliance, we developed Stories of Solidarity: A Stop the Hate Community Art Project.

Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned a lot about the challenges of having tough conversations, whether it’s among family members, friends, colleagues, and other community members. Time and time again, folks are telling us that there is a huge disconnect between younger and elder community members, whether it’s due to language barriers, social media, or differences in values. Additionally, a key aspect of addressing hate crimes is building community and recognizing the humanity in each of us, no matter the race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious background, able-bodiedness, or age.

Healing HeARTS 2024: Tough Conversations

For Healing HeARTS 2024, we’re prioritizing tough conversations―how we initiate them, what we talk about, how to hold space for challenging emotions, and when and how to walk away. By combining emotional expression through art, conflict management training, and critical analysis of history and the media, we hope to empower the HH2024 Collective with tools to become leaders in their communities during this rapidly-changing era.

Healing HeARTS 2024: Tough Conversations Eligibility:

● Ages 15+ (families of any kind may apply together, but should apply separately)

● Residents of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties in California

● Ability to commute to our office in Alhambra, California for in-person sessions and the art festival in May. Travel stipends will be provided to all participants. Dinner will be provided for all in-person workshops, and snack boxes will be mailed to all Zoom workshops.

● Access to a personal computer or device that can accommodate Zoom and reliable internet connection for remote sessions. If you will need assistance with either or both of these, please indicate this in your application.

● Availability on Saturday, May 4, 2024, for the Healing HeARTS 2024 Community Art Fest

What does it mean to be part of the Healing HeARTS 2024: Tough Conversations Collective?

All HH2024 Collective Members will receive:

● a $200-stipend

● a $100-travel stipend for use on gas, rideshare (Lyft, Uber, taxi, etc.), and public transportation

● mentorship from a professional teaching artist in the art medium or media of your choice

● the opportunity to showcase your unique art and message at the Healing HeARTS 2024 Community Art Fest on Saturday, May 4, 2024

● recognition from community leaders and members

Applications are now open! Go to https://bit.ly/arts4hearts2024 apply, or scan this QR code to jump to the application:

Applications for Healing HeARTS 2024 close on February 14, 2024. Space is limited, so apply now!

Important Dates

Applications are DUE on February 16, 2024. Workshops will be held both in-person and remotely via Zoom, depending on the workshop. Workshops will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM PST.

● February 16: Applications Due

● Workshop 1: What is racism? What is a hate crime? (Feb 20, in-person)

● Workshop 2: Generational Trauma and Shame (Feb 27, Zoom)

● Workshop 3: Cross-generational Conversations (Mar 5, in-person)

● Workshop 4: Arts and Crafts for Healing (Mar 12, in-person)

● Workshop 5: Body Awareness and Safety with API RISE (Mar 19, in-person)

● Workshop 6: Media Literacy and Messaging through Art (Mar 26, Zoom)

● April: Art Mentor Workshops with Arts for Healing and Justice Network (based on personal schedules)

● May 4: 2024 Healing Hearts Community Art Fest - Attend various art workshops, showcase your unique art and message, eat delicious food from local small businesses, and be part of a panel to share your experiences at the 2024 Healing HeARTS Community Art Fest on Saturday, May 4, 2024! Just like last year, this event will be open and free to the public, so make sure to invite your loved ones!

APPLY NOW to be part of the Healing HeARTS 2024: Tough Conversations Collective! For all other questions, please email Pia at pia@napafasa.org and Carolyn at carolyn@napafasa.org and type “Healing HeARTS 2024” in the subject line.

Healing HeARTS 2023: Stories of Solidarity

During this initial launch, participants aged 16-24 in Los Angeles County to participate in four weekly discussion spaces for various topics such as labor, civil rights, and social justice movements and the art created in response during those critical times. After completion of the weekly discussion spaces, we partnered with the Arts for Healing and Justice Network to arrange one-on-one art instruction between our Participants and their teaching artists. Project Participants produced paintings, mixed medium pieces, slam poetry, and various forms of digital media. These art pieces were premiered at the AAPI Solidarity Conference: A Youth Empowerment Event, co-hosted by SIPA, SPACE at UCLA, and NAPAFASA in April 2023.

The same month, we also joined our friends at the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) at the San Francisco LGBT Center to discuss mental health among our youth and how to start cultivating cross-generational conversations.

In 2023, we rebranded the project to Healing HeARTS, recognizing the healing power of the arts and their ability to bring communities together, no matter the background, language, or culture. We partnered with SIPA, Toni Pasion of Pasion Performance Group, and several of our local partners for the Healing HeARTS 2023 Community Art Fest at Lai Lai Ballroom and Dance Studio in Alhambra, California.

The flyer for the Healing HeARTS 2023 Community Art Festival is in pale pink with arts and crafts materials decorating the right border. The body text tells of event details. The event will occur on October 14, 2023 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra, California. The event is free to the public.