Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA) is a grassroots, membership-based collective that exists to build community among, and address the lack of economic and artistic opportunities for, people of Pan-Asian descent involved in the performing arts in the Philadelphia region. We do this through member-led programming such as community-building events, professional development programs, performance opportunities, and grassroots organizing.
Philadelphia to be known as a place where anyone involved in the performing arts of Pan-Asian descent thrives. Where we define our involvement in the arts on our own terms and timelines. Where we tell our stories without having to over-explain our culture. Where we are fairly compensated for our artistic and emotional work. Where mentorship is easily accessible. Where we can walk onstage and see an audience that looks like us. Where we forge personal and professional relationships alike across disciplines and artistic practices. With every program, event, meeting, and email, we bring this vision into view.