SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering - Call For Artists / by Les Talusan


SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering

Deadline:  April 2, 2018
Curators: Soul & Ink and Batang Kankaloo
Location:  Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave NE Washington, DC 20002
On View:  May 2-6, 2018
Opening Reception: May 2, 2018 6-9PM

Call Summary: March 9-April 2, 2018 Soul & Ink and Batang Kankaloo present the 2nd Annual SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering. Held in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, this exhibition will present original work by artists of color from diaspora communities. 

The term SAMASAMA means all together in Tagalog. Bayanihan is a Filipino custom derived from the Tagalog word bayan, meaning community. The theme of the exhibit is Bayanihan, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. 

From the outside, AAPI communities are often perceived as devoid of meaningful difference in identity and experience. From the inside, our communities live vibrant, varied lives - but remain divided by a lack of exchange between our cultures and ongoing histories. 

Our goal is to examine the multicultural American experience. Breaking through stereotypes and boundaries because diverse stories, perspectives, and contributions to push humanity forward.

This year we will be donating a portion of proceeds for all art sold to local organizations Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) and Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute for the tireless work that they do for our youth. 

Specifications: Open to artists producing original paintings, screen prints, illustrations, digital prints, photographs, stand-alone installations or 3-dimensional work with print components. Artwork must be displayable on wall and must be wired for hanging and no larger than 4x5 feet. Art that highlights the Spirit of Bayanihan, AAPI culture or perspective, social justice and racial justice issues are especially encouraged.

1. Complete the Entry Form.

Submission Deadline: April 2, 2018 (Midnight EST) and Artists will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance on or before April 5, 2018. Art to be delivered at Shopkeepers between 12-3pm on Monday, April 30, 2018.

For more information, please contact:
Sherry Meneses and Les Talusan at