Kearny Street Workshop Archives (CEMA 33)
100+ poster prints by Kearny Street Workshop artists
Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is a nonprofit agency in San Francisco, California and the oldest multidisciplinary Asian American arts organization in the United States. Their mission is "to produ.ce and present art that enriches and empowers Asian Pacific American communities."
KSW was established in 1972 as a collective of artists in San Francisco's Chinatown/Manila town neighborhood. The social climate of the time and region played an influential role in shaping the artwork, activism, and community involvement of KSW members.
KSW supports the efforts of Asian Americans in the visual, performance, and literary arts and encourages inter-generational and cross-cultural history. Through local and national collaborations with other arts organizations and cultural communities, KSW provides a forum for Asian American artists to reach a wide, diverse audience. They have developed programs focusing on four areas: adult arts education, next generation arts support and training, multidisciplinary arts presentations, and publications. KSW also offers workshops, classes, and arts management seminars; they produce a Bay Area resource guide for Asian American artists and present works by established and emerging artists. KSW has hosted events such as the The I-Hotel Symposium, Angel Island Immigration Station exhibit, and the annual Asian American Jazz Festival. More information about KSW history, programs, and artists can be found on their web site: http://www.kearnystreet.org.
Only selected items in the collection were digitized. For more information about the archival collection, held in the Special Collections department at the UCSB Library, please visit: