Asian American Artist Town Hall - Fall 2020

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The Asian American Artist Town Hall invites artists to pitch their latest projects, share resources, and see sneak peeks of new work. For this special edition, we'll celebrate Filipinx American History Month! Tune in on Facebook Live

  • 7:00 pm - Pitch session featuring new work from Filipinx Artists.
  • 7:30 pm - Sneak peek of Annielille Gavino's latest dance film.
  • 7:45 pm - A panel discussion and Q&A on Filipinx American History, the Delano Grape Strike, and its relationship to the East Coast.

Turn out for this Town Hall in support of and in celebration of our Filipinx community!

Are you a Filipinx artist who wants to share your work? Sign up to pitch HERE


Jay Carlon is a contemporary choreographer based in Los Angeles whose highly physical work is focused on experimental, site-sensitive dance theater. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, Carlon’s work is inspired by growing up the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, and agricultural migrant-working family. In 2016, he formed CARLON. He is committed to connecting his art practice to sustainability and his personal and collective journey of decolonization.  Jay’s work has been presented in Los Angeles at REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Los Angeles Dance Project, Annenberg Community Beach House, LA Dance Festival, Electric Lodge, Los Angeles Performance Practice, homeLA, and Beach Dances; in New York at 92ndY and The CURRENT SESSIONS; in Phoenix at Breaking Ground Festival; in Monterrey, Mexico at Espacio Expectante; and in Bangkok, Thailand at Creative Migration. Jay is a performer and directing associate with aerial spectacle theatre company Australia’s Sway Pole, where he has performed at the 2014 Olympics, the 2016 World EXPO, and the 2018 Super Bowl. Carlon has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Palissimo, Oguri, No)one. Art House, and danced for Rodrigo y Gabriela on Jimmy Kimmel Live (choreographed by Annie-B Parson), in Solange Knowles’ art film Metronia (2018) choreographed by Gerard & Kelly, and was appointed Choreographic Associate for Kanye West's opera, Mary (2019).

Al Evangelista is a performer, choreographer, and educator. Al’s artistic practices on queer performance, diaspora, and community-engaged topics have been performed at Moss Arts Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, and Links Hall. He also works in theatre, documentary-based works, and improvisatory collaboration. He has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, as well as danced in works for Dance Exchange, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Inconvenience, among others. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Oberlin College and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech.

Annielille Gavino is a Filipinx movement artist, researcher, writer, and cultural worker. As the director of Ani/Malayaworks, an interdisciplinary project-based dance company, Gavino uses Dance as a storytelling element for exploring ancestral memories, spiritual journeys, and community-based art centered on decolonial art activism, particularly from a Filipinx immigrant lens. She strives to find avenues for Filipinx visibility in the arts and in community based events, particularly in the Northeast USA. Dance career highlights include dancing with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Her works have been supported by Leeway Art for Social Change, Velocity Fund, MAPfund, Dance Place, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Fleisher Art Memorial, Small But Mighty Arts, and Barnes Foundation. Annielille writes for a dance publication, thINKing Dance, and is an MFA in Dance graduate from Hollins University. More information can be found on