Situated in the weeks between Black History Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This festival provides inclusive programming that welcomes community members and the public to celebrate and dialogue the history, legacy, and present day representations of Afro Asian Solidarity.
The My Baryo, My Borough Oral History Theatre Project uses art and creativity to celebrate the Filipino/Filipino-American community in NYC. Through public art programs, theatre, and creative story sharing, we welcome the broader NYC community in celebrating the NYC Filipino / Filipino American experience. Central to the project is a community-centered oral history collection that mobilizes community members to collect, share, and celebrate the largely overlooked legacy of the Filipino/ Filipino American community of NYC.
My Baryo My Borough's 2015 iteration focused on the Filipino American legacy existing in Queens, NY and culminated in a multidisciplinary public sharing that included a multimedia exhibition and a theatre performance based on the collected oral histories. Presently, My Baryo, My Borough is actively working to widen its scope.
- Claro de los Reyes
*This project was launched as commission by The Laundromat Project's Create Change program (2015) to commissioned artist Claro de los Reyes.