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The Visible Voices project is a series of storytelling events, author talks, webinars, creative workshops and art exhibitions centering Asian American voices and stories.  The project aims to raise awareness of the diversity of cultures and ethnicities that represent the Asian American diaspora, to dispel harmful stereotypes and myths, and to create connections and solidarity with communities that are often silenced and whose stories go unheard.

We aim to bring them to the forefront, and invite the community to not only hear and witness, but to engage in conversation

and co-activate change.  


Join us as we learn about Asian American history, make art with local artists, and hear stories from members in our community!  Events will take place in different spaces throughout the City of Evanston, with in-person and virtual options for all ages!

Check back as we add to our schedule of events throughout the year and sign up to receive updates!
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(Scroll Down for Past Events)

  • Empowered Storytelling: Recollecting our Pasts, Shaping our Future - An Art Workshop with Ria Unson
    Empowered Storytelling: Recollecting our Pasts, Shaping our Future - An Art Workshop with Ria Unson
    Sat, Sep 07
    Studio 3
    Sep 07, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Studio 3, 617C Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201
    Join us for an art workshop exploring book arts and collage inspired by your favorite childhood fairy tales, family photos, and other ephemera
  • Funkadesi Featuring Pavithra Anand at Downtown Summer Sounds
    Funkadesi Featuring Pavithra Anand at Downtown Summer Sounds
    Thu, Sep 12
    Fountain Square, Downtown Evanston
    Sep 12, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Fountain Square, Downtown Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
    Evanston ASPA is partnering with Downtown Evanston to bring Funkadesi to the Downtown Summer Sounds Concert Series!
  • The Placemaking Project
    The Placemaking Project
    Wed, May 29
    Evanston Public Library - Robert Crown
    May 29, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Evanston Public Library - Robert Crown, 1801 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA
    Come hear about this exciting project created in 2022 to research, collect and preserve local Asian American history. Click here to learn more!
  • A Brief History of Asian American Racialization
    A Brief History of Asian American Racialization
    Wed, May 01
    Virtual Event
    May 01, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Virtual Event
    Join us for Ayo Magwood's engaging and accessible presentation offering stories of American history that often go untold. Click for more info!
  • An Evening with Curtis Chin
    An Evening with Curtis Chin
    Thu, Apr 04
    Koi Restaurant
    Apr 04, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Koi Restaurant, 624 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201
    Join us for an exciting evening with author Curtis Chin sharing his memoir Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant. Click for more info!

Looking Ahead

Suman & Tamal: A Culinary Kinship

Join us for a unique cooking experience where we learn how to make tamales and suman while discovering the shared historical, cultural and traditional roots of these incredible dishes.  Journey from Mexico to the Philippines in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Filipino History Month.
Sowing Voices Stitching Stories

Artists are cultural archivists, the keepers of history among people whose voices are often silenced and whose stories go untold.  Join us for an exhibition that explores the power of traditional fiber arts practices in both historical movements of resistance and contemporary actions of personal and political empowerment.
Visible Voices: A Storytelling Event

The Visible Voices event is an evening with local Asian American leaders and community members sharing their journeys, lived experiences and stories that often go untold.  The event will be an evening of storytelling with food, poetry, spoken word and music.
In the works...
  • Children's storytimes with local Asian American Authors
  • Learn to dance traditional Filipino and Indian dance styles
  • Enjoy traditional and contemporary Asian music from local artists
  • Discover, Asian American films, art, music, food and more...

local events you should check out!



On View: April 26 – May 25, 2024

"Sinag - Ray Of Light” is a show featuring works of the Sinag Art Group, an art collective of 40 filipino-american artists based in greater Chicago. The art exhibit celebrates Filipino heritage and honors Filipino health care workers, especially against the backdrop of the pandemic and rise in Asian Hate Crimes. The exhibit participants are an exciting mix of established and emerging Filipino-American visual artists and writers showcasing traditional and modern art styles, using various media from acrylic on canvas to photographs on tarpaulin. 


Evanston Art Center

1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Learn more HERE

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MAY 20, 2024, 7-9pm

Eat Their Words is a food-focused book club featuring literature and memoirs written by chefs, foodies, and other food lovers, where the content of the book is curated into a culinary experience by home chef and Chicago Reader food & culture writer JT Goehring-Newman. Each month, we will read a book and discuss it during an evening event where the book is brought to life through a custom food experience or special meal.

For May 2024’s Eat Their Words, we’re reading Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner.


Evanston Location TBD

Learn more about this event and purchase tickets HERE

our evening with curtis chin got rave reviews!

We had a great night with Curtis Chin at Koi Restaurant!  He talked about growing up in Detroit in the 80's, shared experiences and lessons learned in his family's restaurant, and read excerpts from his memoir "Everything I learned I learned in a Chinese Restaurant."

Hear one those excerpts here and checkout photos from the evening!

Follow Curtis as he continues his book tour @curtischin8!

Visible Voices Partners
McGaw YMCA, Koi Restaurant, Booked
The Visible Voices Project is supported in part by the Evanston Community Foundation and the Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program
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