APAHA is honored to be in our 22th year of service to the community. The Board has prepared a rich 2014 programs/events that help achieve our mission of promoting Asian Pacific Islander American heritage and accomplishments through awareness and education:
Lunar New Year Children’s Festival
APAHA has formed a dynamic partnership 10 years ago with the Children’s Museum of Houston and CenterPoint Energy to conduct a Lunar New Year Children’s Festival. This festival is held in late January or early February each year at the award winning Children’s Museum of Houston. The festival provides educational arts and crafts with multi-Asian ethnicities represented, along with cultural performances from various prestigious youth dance groups. The celebration is coordinated by APAHA to provide an educational and cultural experience with making Hawaiian leis, writing Chinese calligraphy, creating a Vietnamese greeting card, designing Indian Henna painting, and learning how to fold Japanese Origami. In addition, APAHA coordinates a dance performance program that shares the traditional and contemporary (Chinese) Lion, Indian, Korean, Japanese, and Polynesian dances. Each year, we create a lasting impression and cultural experience with over 3,000 children and their parents.
Distinguished Speaker Series Program
Since April 2010, the Distinguished Speaker Series is the signature program for promoting Asian/Pacific awareness and education, founded by the Strake Foudation. The series brought together audiences to experience multi-dimensional and interactive presentations while enjoying delightful ethnic dinners. At least 4 Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) are planned for each year. The speaker event format includes dinner and (a presentation) conversation with the distinguished guest. This is a three hour event usually conducted in the evenings.
Youth Art Awareness Program
2014 is the third year ofThe APAHA Art Contest and Exhibition. This is includes a public awareness campaign on an important community topic through the funding from Wells Fargo Bank. This year, the topic promoted "Go Green" ins the theme for the Art Contest and it is, aimed at engaging Asian/Pacific American middle and high students to express environmental issues - such as sustainability, clean air, water quality, renewable energy and recycling - through art. The contest involves students from Greater Houston-area high schools and Asian language schools. Scholastic awards are given to first, second, and third choice winners, including a People's Choice Award. The winning art will be displayed during the summer at the Art.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
The Kick Off event that is a prelude to the national Asian Pacific American month of May. A 3 hour program at the Galleria Mall includes an introduction to the APA month activities, a fashion show that exhibits the different Asian clothing, and an array of cultural dance performances. This year’s Kick Off event will be on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, at the Galleria Mall, 1- 5 p.m.
Faith and Culture Bus Tour
The Faith and Culture Bus Tour is held twice twice a. The bus tour is an all day event that visits 3-4 places of worship. Popular requested places include the Vietnamese Buddhist Center, BAPS Swaminarayan Santhsa Mandir, Maryam Masjid (Mosque), and the Asian American Baptist Church. A visit to China town is included for lunch. Tour guides are provided for each location. This is a wonderful educational trip for the family and new residents or visitors to Houston.
Cultural Awareness Program
Because of our 21 year history of coordinating a multi-cultural festivals and events, we have been blessed to build a list of outstanding professional performing artists. We receive constant requests from government agencies, community and civic organizations, and schools to provide a presentation on Asian Pacific American data, accomplishments, and contributions. Moreover, there are requests for a cultural performance. This program provides a speaker/cultural performer bureau list. Donations are collected to help pay for the performers’ transportation costs. Our frequent program is presented annually at the Houston Public Library locations that provide outreach to hundreds of people.