The AMP Summer Series (formerly MicCheck!) is a summer series of events, workshops, and performances that feature emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists from diverse mediums, including film, poetry, visual art, comedy, dance, and more. It is presented in tandem with the Jade International Night Market and aligned with APANO’s cultural work programs. This year’s AMP Summer Series summer cultural event series focuses on the theme of PASSAGES, asking these important questions: The act of passage moves us through, under, over, and past something. Passage brings us from one place to another, impacting our relationships and the people who are part of our journey. Who came with you? Who do you carry with you? Who is next to you? Who is coming with you? What are we building together? Stay tuned for our full lineup to be announced soon!
Why did we change our name from MicCheck! to the AMP Summer Series?
We are simplifying the name of our signature event series for ease of use to concisely reflect what we do (an event series) and when (during the summer through early fall). This new name also recognizes the group that spearheads the series, our APANO Arts & Media Project (AMP).
Why is the AMP Summer Series important?
The AMP Summer Series utilizes the arts to illuminate pressing issues faced by APIs and other communities of color. The series amplifies voices of APIs whose stories are often silenced or unheard by engaging in community-relevant topics such as health equity, education, and interracial solidarity. The series brings community members and practicing API artists together, creates a bridge to share ideas, and rewrites dominant representations of APIs.
Who organizes the AMP Summer Series?
The series is the annual flagship program of APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP), a group of APANO members who are interested in the intersection of art and social justice. The APANO Arts & Media Project empowers Asian and Pacific Islanders in the Portland Metropolitan area to engage with APANO’s mission and initiatives through creative methods. Utilizing a mix of traditional and nontraditional practices, we seek to elevate API stories and voices, develop confident arts and social justice leaders, and increase capacity for arts and media activism to thrive at APANO.
Do you identify as an API artist or creative? Are you passionate about creating art with community members? Do you believe that art and media activism can shift culture? We warmly welcome you to bring your talents, creativity, and/or extra set of hands to help organize the AMP Summer Series! Contact Cultural Work Manager Candace Kita at [email protected] to learn more.