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APAture 2021 Now Accepting Submissions

Submissions close July 11th at midnight


APAture is accepting submissions for the 2021 festival! This year scaling back and presenting the festival online with limited in-person audience. Now accepting submissions from local, emerging Asian Pacific American Artists in the following categories: Film, Literary Arts, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.


There is a submission fee but waivers offered upon request (no questions asked).

Please email apature@kearnystreet.org if you have any questions

What is APAture?


APAture is Kearny Street Workshop’s annual multidisciplinary arts festival that presents and promotes a range of art by local, emerging artists of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent.

For eighteen seasons, the festival has sparked dialogue around the most pressing questions and central concerns of our day, particularly those impacting the Asian and/or Pacific Islander communities. APAture has also spurred collaboration between artists and the Bay Area community at large.


You’re eligible to apply if you:

  • Are not an established artist*

  • Are of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent**

  • Live or work in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Are at least 18 years old

  • Will be submitting work created in or after 2019

We generally feature the following kinds of work:

  • Visual Arts: Painting, photography, sculpture, installation, multimedia, illustration, etc.

  • Literary Arts: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, etc.

  • Music: All genres, including electronic, turntable, sound, noise, etc.

  • Film: Animation, documentary, experimental, music video, slideshow, etc.

  • Performing Arts: Theater, dance, movement, puppetry, comedy, etc.

  • (Unfortunately the Comics and Zines showcase will be postponed this year) Questions? Visit kearnystreet.org/apature-artist-faq

*Please refer to FAQ for questions about what constitutes as being an established artist * *Those with Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry from one or more of the following regions: East Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific Islands, and West Asia/the Middle East. Our definition includes multiethnic and multiracial artists with Asian and/or Pacific Islander heritage.


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