24th MaythemayprojectAsian Pacific American Heritage MonthAPAHMKrista Aniellion mask
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.