We ask you to join us in supporting our crazy talented Asian artists in the two events described below that highlight Asian American perspectives and their diverse creative talents. As we are still processing the deep impacts brought by the most recent wave of anti-Asian violence, we believe that Asian American artists and their stories need to be heard and be cherished even more.
What is a better way than supporting programs that showcase their talents?
Crazy Talented Asians & Friends (CTAF) is a community-led program series dedicated to works by Asian Americans—to showcase the diverse creativity and impact this community has to offer, while bringing together families, friends, and audiences from different backgrounds to celebrate their stories.
Produced by the CTAF team and presented by Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, dba Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a member of NYC’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) and a Smithsonian Affiliate, the first CTAF comedy and animation film event was premiered in May 2020 despite the challenges during the COVID pandemic. We are pleased to announce the return of the event with an all-new lineup.
Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: an evening of live comedy – “Triumphing Over Quarantine!” will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 PM ET, and will feature rising East and South Asian American comedy talents. They will share their triumphs and struggles over the pandemic through sketch and stand-up comedy.
Then, on May 29 at 6:00 PM ET, CTAF will produce another event, showcasing a dozen creative animation short films by Asian/Asian American animators. These films are selected from hundreds of films submitted to this specific event, and they tell a wide range of stories and experiences in their art direction, storytelling, animation, production, and sound design—as diverse as the Asian American community itself.
Both events are free and will be streamed on YouTube.
Your financial support will go a long way for CTAF and Flushing Town Hall. Flushing Town Hall’s mission is to provide global arts for a global community. The organization restores, manages, and programs the landmark building in Flushing, Queens, NYC, but is now presenting virtually through its online platform FTH at HOME. Your gift will fund CTAF programs, including the honorarium for the artists, marketing and production costs.
Please stand with the diverse Asian American community and support telling the Asian American stories by making a donation. We recommend $20 but welcome any amount. We sincerely thank you for the support, especially in this difficult time.
To register or learn more about the CTAF programs, please go to: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/crazy-talented-asians-friends-live-comedy for the live comedy event or https://www.flushingtownhall.org/crazy-talented-asians-friends-animation-shorts for the animation shorts event. These CTAF events are recommended for ages 13 and up.
For more information on Flushing Town Hall, or if you would like to volunteer for Crazy Talented Asians & Friends, please contact us!
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