Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle – Saturday, May 11th – 12:00 PM

Community Speaks


In our lives we have all experienced times when we felt powerless—when we felt like we didn’t have any control over what was happening to us. When was this? What was happening? Why was this happening? Who was watching (or not watching)? And, how did you regain your sense of control, your sense of power? Are you still on this journey, like so many of us are?

Share your story. Share your journey. We will witness it.

We invite all South Asians* of all genders to share your story with us, however you choose to share it: Spoken word, Written Word, Visual Art, Performing Arts—any other form of expression are welcome. We are also happy to accommodate people who would like to share their story but wish to remain anonymous.

Community Speaks: Saturday, May 11th, 12PM – 2PM. Community Speaks began as a forum for people impacted by violence to break the isolation they have experienced by sharing their story. Many people have shared their story–young people, elders, all genders, and various South Asian ethnic backgrounds.

Presentations should be between 3-7 minutes in length.  Please contact Bipasha Mukherjee ( and/or Uma Rao ( by Friday, April 26th if you wish to participate. We will do our best to facilitate your participation in this forum and help you with your presentation to the degree you want.

*South Asia represents Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet Community Speaks is part of the festival – Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus, May 10th , 11th, 12th 2013 produced by Tasveer. Community Speaks is co-sponsored by API Chaya.

In order to avoid disruption we will begin promptly at 12:00pm and the doors will remain closed throughout the program.