The second Pan-Asian Pacific Arts and Cultural Festival, held at the Museum of the San Fernando Valley in Northridge, welcomed attendees to a diverse lineup of cultural entertainment during May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The free community event on Sunday, May 21 highlighted Asian and Pacific Islander culture through art, food, music, dance and business. Performers included Chinese, Pacific Islander, Japanese, Indian, Persian and Korean dance groups and musicians. Families enjoyed diverse local vendors and food trucks, art workshops, and opportunities to visit the museum.
Museum officials hope that, through its programming and events, it will “provide a central voice to the distinctive histories of all populations in the San Fernando Valley,” said museum president Jackie Langa in a news release, “whose cultures, races, religions and ideas contribute to the Valley’s character and growth.”
More than 300 visitors showed up for last year’s inaugural event. Organizers said that this year’s Pan-Asian festival was supported by Cal State Northridge University’s student-led Vitalizing Our Museum program, funded by the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Innovation grant.