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Kollaboration EMPOWER + STAR – November 11-12, 2016

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This fall, Kollaboration will be hosting its biggest and most ambitious series of events aimed to inspire, promote and celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community in arts and entertainment. Taking place from Friday, November 11 to Saturday November 12, 2016, over multiple locations around the Little Tokyo neighborhood, the two-day event consists of EMPOWER, Kollaboration’s second annual creative leadership conference, and STAR, Kollaboration’s end-of-year showcase of API artists, talent, and community.

This year will be the first time Kollaboration will combine its two flagship programs into one event to celebrate and inspire the API community.

EMPOWER is a conference featuring keynotes, panels, mentorship sessions, and workshops from a variety of creative careers and industries to inspire aspiring creators and young professionals. Attendees will be able to learn about career paths, industries and practices to turn their dreams into reality while networking with their peers and future collaborators. Last year’s speakers included Ali Wong (comedian); Christine Chen (producer at Wong Fu Productions); Tamlyn Tomita (actress); Alex Hwang (lead vocalist for Run River North); Jenny Yang (comedian); Eric Kim (vice president of current programs at CBS); and many more. EMPOWER will take place over multiple venues include the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the David Henry Hwang Theater, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC). Currently confirmed speakers at the 2016 conference include Jeff Yang (journalist); his son Hudson Yang (actor, Fresh off the Boat); David Choi (Musician); and Ally Maki (Actor, Wrecked).

STAR is a showcase and talent competition promoting API performing artists, and the grand finale of Kollaboration’s annual talent discovery program. The showcase will feature six emerging artists from across the United States who will perform for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Exciting guest performers will also participate to celebrate the API community and propel the movement. Previous participants have included Run River North, Far East Movement, David So, and Dia Frampton. STAR will take place the evening of Saturday, November 12 at the JACCC’s Aratani Theater.

Speakers, mentors, and guest performers are still being confirmed. To stay updated on new announcements please visit the event pages:
Kollaboration STAR 2016: star.kollaoration.org
EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference: empower.kollaboration.org

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Written on September 2, 2016 by · ·
Marvin Yueh is the managing editor of the Kollaboration Blog and the host of the KollabCast.
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