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“I Am...” Asian American Visual & Performing Arts Residency | May - September 2022

The National Association of Asian American Professionals - Kansas City (NAAAP-KC), in partnership with ArtsKC, is pleased to
announce a five month interdisciplinary arts and professional development residency at the ArtsKC Gallery space in downtown Kansas City from May to September 2022. This residency is a reclamation of identity and strength by allowing AAPIDA (Asian
American Pacific Islander Desi American) artists and thought leaders to declare themselves with the statement of “I Am...”

More info here.

July First Friday at ArtsKC Gallery Space : Fashion, Music, and Dance | July 1, 2022

Join us on Friday, July 1st for First Friday and opening night for the latest exhibition in our "I am..." residency at ArtsKC Gallery Space. David Moore, NAAAP-KC Board member and a founding member of NAAAP Pride, debuted his first fashion collection at Kansas City Fashion Week in April and we are so excited for the opportunity to see the collection up close and personal. The entire eight piece collection of custom evening wear will be on display along side prototypes, design sketches, and pattern pieces.
Special guest DJ Kay-Fan will be spinning some beats and you'll want to be there the see the breakdancing skills of Frank "Monk" Pham, Zen Nguyen, & Kevin Le. Fashion, Music, Dance, what more do you need? Support local Asian owned businesses. Vendors on site will be: Cafe Cà PhêMooyuei Baker, and Sugarfold.

More info here.

WIN (Women in NAAAP-KC) Speaker Series: Subashini Nadarajah (Pt. 2) | July 6, 2022

For those who were able to attend our May WIN (Women in NAAAP-KC) Speakers Series event with Subashini Nadarajah, you know what a special experience it is to be in the presence of someone with such compassion, empathy, and wisdom. We are excited to announce that Subashini will be returning for our July WIN Speakers Series event to continue the conversation.

Register and more info here.

David Moore: Drawn to Fashion and Finding Identity | July 14, 2022


Join us for a special event on Thursday, July 14, 2022. NAAAP-KC Board member and a founding member of NAAAP Pride, David Moore, will present his Spring/Summer 2022 fashion collection, which debuted at Kansas City Fashion Week in April of this year. The garments will be displayed in a gallery exhibition, including many of David's design sketches and prototypes. David will also discuss his design process, the inspiration behind the collection and the individual garments. He will also share how his involvement with employee resource groups and NAAAP significantly impacted the journey to the runway.

Register and more info here.

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We proudly support NAAAP Pride, a new program for the Asian American LGBTQ+ community. Our leadership team believes in equality and value a diverse, inclusive, and safe environment for all. We encourage you to learn more about NAAAP Pride