American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) provides a unique educational and developmental platform for multidisciplinary Philippine arts through innovative, hands-on classes, collaborations, networking opportunities, and showcasing events.
What We Do
Whether it be art, dance, education or language, we believe in the power of cultural expression for the development and empowerment of youth. ACPA strives to provide a family environment where children can take pride in the rich cultures and heritage of the Philippines.
Students Enriched in Education & Dance (S.E.E.D.) is our youth dance program. We offer classes in Oakland and Brentwood, teaching Philippine-inspired folk and contemporary dance forms. Classes are offered seasonally for participants ages 5-17.
ACPA Rondalla is a string & percussion ensemble that works with numerous Fil-Am organizations and dance troupes across NorCal. We provide music accompaniment for dance and music workshop intensives. ACPA welcomes people of all ages to learn Rondalla.
OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE
First, we’d like to thank the countless frontline workers for what you do. Whether you are a nurse helping patients or grocery store attendant keeping food on our tables, we appreciate your continued efforts in supporting our communities.
The health and safety of our students, families and friends are our top priority. Our regular programming is on hold until further notice.
We hope to continue following our passion for the arts within state guidelines for social distancing and public health.
ACPA is excited to launch an e-learning program for dance and music. Please feel free to reach out for more information about ACPA Konnect.
Mag-ingat po kayo and thank you!
To Our Kapamilya:
The American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) stands in solidarity with our Black friends, families, and neighbors. We are angry, heartbroken, and frustrated by the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the many more who have been wrongfully killed by police brutality. We cannot stay silent while Black adults and children face continued systemic racial oppression. ACPA is ready to advocate for critical social change because BLACK LIVES MATTER.
As a volunteer-led organization, we have and will continue to commit to the inclusion of all families. Our work is a stepping stone to teach our youth about love, pride, and respect of their ethnic identities.
Filipinx Americans would not be here today without the leadership of Black activists and leaders who fought for equality for all. Filipinx Americans are protected from discrimination, afforded the right to vote, and gained expanded immigration opportunities because of the Civil Rights movement pioneered by African Americans. Ethnic studies was added into school curricula because of the leadership of Black educators and students. And now we must support the Black community in this fight for racial equity.
Sign petitions. Donate to Black owned organizations and causes that directly benefit the Black community. [Re-]Educate your friends, families, and neighbors. Be an advocate for change.
With love and support,
Staff and Teachers of the American Center of Philippine Arts