To improve the representation of Canadian artists of Asian origin while facilitating exchanges between artists as well as with the cultural industry, a national digital platform is being created. This project is evolving under the supervision of a multicultural, multidisciplinary and pan-Canadian council.
Funded with a major grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, this tool is the result of objectives set during the second edition of the Symposium in 2020.
The CanAsian Arts Network is a pan-Canadian community of artists, cultural workers and organizations. We seek to digitally connect Canadian Asian artists and industry representatives with the purpose of fostering collaboration while improving visibility, equity, impact and representation in the arts.
As a community, we strive to forge pluralistic alliances and address the complexities of our intersectionality.
CAAN’s national digital platform is a free tool. The public-facing site showcases artists, their works, events, and news, while the community space reserved for artists and industry provides vital resources, tools and opportunities for networking and creation.
In 2010, on the occasion of the 1st National Asian Heritage Month Symposium, Festival Accès Asie launched a website that gathers Asian Canadian achievements: asiancanadianwiki.org. This website is dedicated to promoting Asian Canadian community and is a database of all things Asian Canadian – from artists, scientists, leaders, to cultural centres, community organizations and festivals. Users can edit articles, add their own media such as film clips or music.
Robert Parungao, Asian Canadian Wiki Coordinator
Elena Kusaka, Asian Canadian Wiki Coordinator
Ten years after the creation of Asian Canadian Wiki, the Festival Accès Asie organized a 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium from September 10 to 13, 2020. For more information on the Symposium, see the National Symposium 2020 page.
One of the objectives of the Symposium was to collect ideas and comments from members of the Asian-Canadian community (artists, cultural workers and organizations working for Asian heritage) in order to improve the Asian Canadian Wiki platform. This reorganization project led by the Festival Accès Asie is called the National Digital Platform and is currently in development.
You can watch a summary of the results of the surveys that were conducted during the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium.
The CanAsian Arts Network is a showcase for your work and events. It’s a community where you can connect with Asian Canadian artists and industry representatives across Canada.
Sign up now for free at canasianarts.com
Karine Kerr-Gillespie – Project manager for the National Digital Platform
Shawn Tse – Community Growth Consultant for the National Digital Platform
Michelle Sullivan Communications – Technical & Communication Consultant for the National Digital Platform