Founded in 2000 by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, Kollaboration has become a pillar of the Asian American arts community for its tireless support of Asian American artists, musicians, and young people. Each year, Kollaboration hosts several events that showcase Asian American talent, as well as training sessions and workshops to help aspiring artists launch new media projects. Since 2015, Kollaboration has also hosted Empower, a leadership conference that invites leaders in Asian American entertainment and community organizing to share their perspectives to aspiring Asian American artists. (I was honoured to be invited to speak at Empower in 2017.)
This year, Kollaboration celebrates its 20th anniversary on December 12th with a free virtual event featuring a powerhouse lineup of Asian American media voices. Scheduled guests include rapper Ruby Ibarra, singer-songwriter Megan Lee, and YouTuber David Choi among others.
“We are at a critical moment to advance equitable opportunities for AAPI artists and creatives in the entertainment industry,” says Roy Choi, Kollaboration’s Board Chair. “With recent awareness and commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity, Kollaboration is positioned to advance the talents and stories of AAPI artists and strengthen our collective voices to empower through entertainment.”
The Kollaboration 2020 virtual event — which will be held on December 12th at 3pm EST / 6pm PST — is free for attendees, with donations encouraged to help support Kollaboration in their future work. The registration link for Kollaboration 2020 is here.