OPENING COMMUNITY KICKOFF
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023
4400 MISSION STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
P R O G R A M O F E V E N T S
11:00 AM – Program Starts
» Cultural Performance by American Art Institute
» Opening Remarks by Emcee: Jaena Rae Cabrera
» Welcome Remarks by Al Perez, FAAE
» Welcome Remarks by Claudine Cheng, API Heritage Foundation
» Welcome Remarks by Cathy Mulkey Meyer, Excelsior Action Group
» Welcome Remarks by Diana Ponce de Leon, OEWD
Welcome Remarks by Michelle Reynolds & Iris Lee, Office of Small Business
» Welcome Remarks by Lieutenant Kevin Knoble
» Welcome Remarks by Sheriff Paul Miyamoto
» Welcome Remarks by Assemblymember Phil Ting
» Welcome Remarks by Supervisor Ahsha Safai
» Cultural Performance by Parangal Dance Company
» Closing Remarks by Emcee: Jaena Rae Cabrera
12:00 PM – Program Ends
12:00 PM – Family fun activities and community outreach tables
3:00 PM – Event ends
Meet the Program Participants
American Art Institute
American Art Institute (AAI) is specialized in Performing and Visual Arts for children and adults. AAI will focus on practical education and training classes. AAI has provided art lovers with high-quality art education courses in fine arts, music, dance, and drama.
Parangal Dance Company
Parangal means tribute and our mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances. We aim to serve as a bridge,inspiring and connecting Filipinos in diaspora to their roots to give them a sense of pride and identity, while educating diverse communities to foster awareness and appreciation of Philippine culture.
APA Heritage Foundation
The APA Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural heritage as well as to providing a forum for community collaborations. Every year, the Foundation coordinates resources to support San Francisco’s celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. In addition to the APA Heritage Awards and Reception, an annual signature event in the City, we also work with over 100 Publicity Partners to compile and cross-promote the AAPI Heritage Month Celebration Guide, a list of events, activities, and educational resources for the month of May.
Supervisor Ahsha Safai
Ahsha Safaí is a passionate advocate for children and working families. He believes that change begins at the local level — in our neighborhoods — where people are most affected by government policies and programs. Ahsha’s career in public service began in his hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts working as an aide to a City Councilor. While studying at Northeastern University, under the tutelage of Governor Michael Dukakis, Ahsha learned first-hand the importance of effectively addressing local issues for the underrepresented. Ahsha and Yadira have lived in San Francisco’s Excelsior District for over a decade because they believe it is an ideal place to raise their two children.
Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
We provide customized support to small businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations in order to strengthen San Francisco neighborhood business corridors, public spaces, and commercial centers. A private-public partnership to fund improvements and get customized support in select neighborhoods.
Excelsior Action Group
We are a non-profit community based organization operating in the Excelsior, Outer Mission and Broad Randolph Neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our goal is to strengthen small businesses, by providing them with needed services, engaging commercial property owners, and elevating the neighborhoods profile, all working towards maintaining vibrant and healthy commercial districts.