Welcome to AitA!
“I had seen myself represented on the screen a few times prior, but it wasn’t until I saw someone who looked like me, doing what I wanted to be doing in 10 years, that I truly realized how powerful representation was. All the voices in my head telling me that there would be no roles available for people like me or that I was trying to do something that hadn’t been done before instantly vanished.”Suraj Singareddy, Founder of AitA
In 2019 Asians in the Arts was created by Suraj Singareddy from a desire to find more API representation that he (and many others) have wanted to see in various artistic fields. The organization was initially founded for this simple purpose- to show people that there is always a place for them in the artistic community.
Asians in the Arts is a community organization that strives to elevate artists of the Asian diaspora and Pacific Islander ancestry and their work. API perspectives, in every place where they are marginalized, have been blocked from gaining wider attention in artistic fields. We believe in the power of the arts to shift national conversations and cultures. As such, we see artistic equity for the API community as a facilitator to equality for the community as a whole.
What We Do
Our goal is to support artists of the API diaspora through these three main channels.
Create content centered around API identity and the arts. This content includes pieces of original prose and poetry, opinion pieces, and infographics.
Give artists a larger platform through showcases, publication, reviews work, interviews etc. on both social media and our website.
Create a community of API artists through resources and programming that benefit the community, sharing stories of what it’s like to be an API artist, and by providing ways for less privileged API to share their voice through art.