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My name is Krista Aniel and this is my lion mask from the Smithsonian Institution’s 2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage (APA) Family Day celebration at the National Portrait Gallery. Visitors enjoyed a fun-filled day by observing music, dance, spoken word, and storytelling performances featuring local APA artists. The theme for the family day centered on the exhibition, Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter and ongoing hands-on activities incorporated family book crafting, a photo booth, charcoal drawing, lion and dragon mask decorating, Ti Lei bracelet weaving, clay fortune cookie making, and ARTLAB+ video recordings. Heritage can be celebrated in a variety of ways and I especially enjoy craft making. I created this colorful display to represent the richness and diversity of the APA community.