Locating The Sacred Festival

Experience the sacred all over New York City at the
Asian American Arts Alliance’s
September 12-23, 2012 | NYC
Two years in the making, the Locating the Sacred Festival, a project of the Asian American Arts Alliance, has brought together hundreds of artists, arts workers and cultural activists to create twenty-five events in churches, museums, cultural centers, botanical gardens and theaters across all five boroughs of New York City, exploring the meaning of the word “sacred” and its relevance in their communities.
From an inflatable Buddha on the East River to a flash mob in Washington Square Park, the festival showcases Asian American artists as agents of change, demonstrating the power of art to unleash imagination and break down barriers. Festival Producing Partners include New York University, the Rubin Museum of Art, Queens Botanical Gardens, Poetry Society of America, Church Center for the United Nations and several others.  In the wake of the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and as the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 approaches,
New Yorkers are reminded that opportunities for greater cultural understanding are never more important. The Asian American community is the fastest growing cultural group in New York, now 13% of the population (one million people), with heritages spanning the Middle East to the Pacific Islands. The festival aims to provide a platform for all New Yorkers to engage deeply with each other on questions of fundamental values and to be inspired to imagine moving towards together as a society.
The festival opens at 8pm on Wednesday, 12 September 2012, at the magnificent Church of the Ascension in Greenwich Village with an innovative program of music exploring the intersection of sound and soul. It features Korean American sound artist Bora Yoon and the
South Asian Sufi devotional musicians of Riyaaz Qawwali from Texas. The event begins with a blessing led by Burmese Buddhist monks
who led the 2007 “Saffron Revolution.”
Find out more about Festival events and interactive initiatives at http://www.locatingthesacred.org

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