CONSERVATION WORKS ART & CULTURE PROGRAM
Join us on May 19th at Paradise Ridge Winery as we celebrate local Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and heritage in Sonoma County through AAPI performing arts and stories!
Conservation Works is hosting a night of music, art, stories, and healing as we come together to celebrate and honor AAPI culture and heritage in Sonoma County.
AAPI have been a part of Sonoma County since the 1850’s when Chinese laborers helped build many of the vineyards and agricultural infrastructure we enjoy today. However, at the start of 2020 and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a steady increase in anti-Asian sentiment. The purpose of this event is to bring together members of the Sonoma County community to celebrate AAPI heritage and to stop Asian hate with healing through AAPI inspired music, art, and other performances.
- Performances and demonstrations by local AAPI performing arts groups
- Stories of AAPI heritage in Sonoma County
- Recognition of Local API leaders making a difference in Sonoma County
- Tabling, activities, and resources provided by local AAPI groups
- Beer, wine, and light AAPI food refreshments
AAPI organizations collaborating on the event:
- Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of North Bay
- Filipino American National Historical Society of Sonoma County
- Japanese American Citizen League of Sonoma County
- Redwood Empire Chinese Association
- Sonoma Vietnamese Association
Seeking Event Sponsors:
Want to sponsor the AAPI Healing Concert @ Paradise Ridge Winery? We are currently looking for sponsors for our event! Benefits include your logo on event materials, highlights in social media and newsletters, and more! Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 - $10,000. See the links below for more information.
This project is part of our innovative community wellnes work and addresses equity and healing for the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Sonoma County. COVID19 appears to have accentuated intolerance and increased violence against AAPI communities in California and elsewhere. Conservation Works plans to raise awareness of the importance of the AAPI community in our history and current quality of life in Sonoma County. We plan to create historical displays, including social media video displays to be featured in the months before the concert highlighting vignettes about historical AAPI figures, with an intense series promoted during a week in May 2023. That month is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We have partnered with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizen League to assist in hosting this free public healing eclectic concert at Paradise Ridge Winery where wine and appetizers would be served before the concert. Post-concert video development would allow creation of a project video which would further spread the message of the healing concert.
The Paradise Ridge Winery venue has been donated, the Japanese American Citizens League of Sonoma County is providing in-kind volunteer support, and we have already secured a $10,000 grant from the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation to begin implementation of this project. We are actively fundraising for this project.