Deadline for the Grant Application is Monday, April 6th

In celebration of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Korean Cultural Service New York (KCSNY) offers a celebration event grant of up to $1,000 to selected hosting institutions and/or to Korean traditional performing arts groups and artists to stimulate interest in Korean culture and share Korea’s remarkable cultural heritage with the global public.

The grant program, which was launched in 2012, has proved to be an effective way to showcase the Korean culture to an audience of a diverse audience profile; while many good public figures and opinion leaders attend the ceremonies and festivals held on the occasion of APAHM, so do numerous neighborhood residents, varying widely in race, ethnicity, age and profession.

Eligible applicants for the grant fall into two categories. One is American public institutions that plan on hosting APAHM celebration events/festivals during the period May 1 to May 31 and wish to include in their program a Korean traditional performance. Public institutions mean government agencies at federal, state, city, county and town levels, K-12 public schools, universities and non-profit organizations in NY, NJ, CT, PA or other states in NY proximity. The other category is Korean traditional performing arts groups and artists that have been invited to perform at APAHM celebration events hosted by such American public institutions as described above.

Applying American public institutions may specify what kind of performance genre they would prefer. It can be Korean traditional music (drum, string, fiddle, flute, voice) or dance (fan dance, hand-drum dance, hourglass-shaped drum dance, dance of peace). KCSNY has an extensive network of available and qualified Korean traditional performing arts groups and individuals and will accommodate applying hosting institutions’ needs and wishes accordingly.

The Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month progressed in 1978 when Congress passed a joint resolution to commemorate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The first week of May was designated as the celebration period, which was then subsequently expanded to span the entire month. KCSNY is proud to take an active part in celebrating and honoring the collective accomplishments of these communities.

Regarding this program, Performing Arts Manager Hyo Han of KCSNY commented, “The APAHM Celebration Event grant program proved to be a very effective way to share Korea’s remarkable cultural heritage with the global public. I hope this year’s grant will also go a long way toward stimulating interest in Korean culture.” The application deadline for the grant is Monday, April 6th, EDT. Required forms and more detailed instructions can be found at KCSNY website www.koreanculture.org. Applications can be submitted either by postal mail (Korean Cultural Service NY, 460 Park Ave., 6th Fl., New York, NY 10022) or in-person to the KCSNY office. For more information, please contact: performingarts@koreanculture.org or (212) 759-