Call for Artists for Asian Pacific American Art Show Samasama

By Editorial Team on March 19, 2018

Deadline: Mon, 02 April 2018

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Soul & Ink, the premiere live screen printing business in the DC area, and Batang Kankaloo (local DJ and photographer Les Talusan) present the second Annual SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering. Held in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, this exhibition will present original work by artists of color from diaspora communities.

The term SAMASAMA means all together in Tagalog. Bayanihan is a Filipino custom derived from the Tagalog word bayan, meaning community. The theme of the exhibit is Bayanihan, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.

From the outside, AAPI communities are often perceived as devoid of meaningful difference in identity and experience. From the inside, our communities live vibrant, varied lives – but remain divided by a lack of exchange between our cultures and ongoing histories.

Our goal is to examine the multicultural American experience. Breaking through stereotypes and boundaries because diverse stories, perspectives, and contributions to push humanity forward.

This year we will be donating a portion of proceeds for all art sold to local organizations Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) and Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute for the tireless work that they do for our youth.


  • Weds. May 2, 6-9 | Opening Reception
  • Thurs. May 3, 6-9 | Zine/Book Event
  • Friday. May 4, 6-9 | Creatives in Business Panel Discussion
  • Saturday, May 5 | Family Day
  • Sunday, May 6 | Closing Reception

Call For Artists:

Open to artists producing original paintings, screen prints, illustrations, digital prints, photographs, stand-alone installations or 3-dimensional work with print components. Artwork must be displayable on wall and must be wired for hanging and no larger than 4×5 feet. Art that highlights the Spirit of Bayanihan, AAPI culture or perspective, social justice issues are especially encouraged.

Participating Artists
To be announced by April 5, 2018

Live Screen Printing
Soul & Ink will hand pull limited edition prints and t-shirts of new Asian American and Pacific Islander inspired designs

Audio Performances
Les Talusan a.k.a. The Pinstriped Rebel will curate an all-vinyl set of music by Asian American and Pacific Islander artists