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The mission of Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is to advance the visibility and recognition of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, public programs and an informative website, AAWAA is an accessible resource and portal for educators, academics, researchers, arts and social justice communities, and the general public.
AAWAA was founded in 1989 by San Francisco Bay Area artists Betty Kano and Flo Oy Wong and Mills College Art History professor Moira Roth to address the invisibility of Asian American women artists in galleries, museums, media and educational curricula. By educating art establishments that have historically excluded works by Asian American women, including major museums, galleries, collections and publications, AAWAA has provided access to these venues and furthers the goal of establishing space for Asian American women in the American art history canon.Since its inception, AAWAA has been a dynamic force in initiating a wide range of programs devoted to raising the visibility of Asian American art beyond its immediate network. Recently membership was expanded to include Affiliate members, professionals and academics in the fields of art, Asian American and Women's studies. Over the years, AAWAA has encouraged dialogue across cultures and generations, building community for Asian American women in the arts through exhibitions, publications, readings, and other career development opportunities. Established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2007, AAWAA has blossomed from a close-knit community organization into a respected producer of consistent high-quality multidisciplinary art exhibitions, community art projects, short films, publications, and programming reaching local, national and international audiences.