Monday, December 28, 2009

As 2009 comes to a close

Dear Friend of AAWAA,

If you had a place of your own, what would it be? For many women, regardless of age or status, that question is hard to answer. Historically, women have rarely learned to claim a space of their own, metaphorically or physically.

AAWAA’s multi-phase art project, entitled “A Place of Her Own,” will feature 35 Asian American women artists who will respond to the question creatively in a major exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center in May 2010, as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival. The process of answering this question has the potential for deep internal reflection. Recently, during the prestigious de Young Museum, S.F. residency, several AAWAA artists came to profound realizations during the process of creating their work.

By encouraging women to reflect on their own identity and to express it artistically, we will empower them to become self sufficient, confident women who have a strong sense of themselves, able to relate to the world around them on their own terms. AAWAA also intends to involve women’s and social service organizations, such as women’s shelters, mental health agencies, etc. in the development of “A Place of Her Own,” as these institutions also deal with women’s self-worth.

This is part of the work that AAWAA has done for the past 20 years and will continue to do. As we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary season, we are proud of our many achievements. We have been operating on a collaborative volunteer model of leadership, but we now need to hire a part-time assistant to coordinate the many tasks demanded by our high profile projects. Funding has always been scarce due to our small budget size, but thanks to the dedication of our leadership and the continuing support of generous individuals like you, we are now an established 501©3 organization with the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of women and girls for generations.

Your tax-deductible gift of $35, $50, $100, $250 or more will help us present projects that will enable women to make positive life-changing decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Please click on this link and support us today:

Thank you for ensuring AAWAA’s future.

Yours sincerely,

Cynthia Tom,
Board President

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