Who we are

OUR STORY

American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) was founded by Herna Cruz-Louie and Sydney Loyola in 2009. We strive to provide a unique educational and developmental platform for multidisciplinary Philippine-inspired arts through innovative hands-on classes, collaborations, networking opportunities, and showcasing events.

Our Students Enriched in Education & Dance (SEED) Youth Program participants and Rondalla Ensemble have performed at incredible venues like the AT&T Giants Ballpark, Oakland Raiders Coliseum, Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, University of San Francisco, PISTAHAN Parade & Festival of San Francisco, MA’ARTES Festival of San Francisco, Parol Lantern Festival & Parade of San Francisco, Herbst Theater, San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Asian Art Museum, and many more community events!

In 2019, ACPA celebrated its 10th anniversary with Daloy, a collaborative showcase of Filipinx-American community artists and Philippine-inspired performances by our very own SEED Youth Program, accompanied by our Rondalla & Percussion Ensemble. We had the pleasure of working with guest artists Kariktan Dance Company, Parangal Dance Company, Eskabo Daan, Haraya Dance Project, Bryan Pangilinan, and Melinda de Jesus. 

In June 2020, we launched ACPA Konnect, an interactive virtual learning space. Through video conferences and our online Canvas classroom, we are excited to share and teach about different topics such as Filipino immigration to the US, Philippine music and instruments, and of course you can be sure to expect important dance forms and routines!

Here are our ongoing performing arts programs:

  • Students Enriched in Education & Dance (SEED) Youth Programs – Instructing youth ages 5-17 in Philippine folk dance, with classes in Brentwood and Oakland

  • Philippine Rondalla Music Classes and Workshops – Ongoing classes in Oakland and Rondalla intensives for Pilipinx organizations across NorCal
     

  • ACPA Konnect – Virtual learning space for anyone around the globe to learn about the Filipino-American experience through discussion and art 

  • Community Collaborations – Working with multidisciplinary art organizations and individual artists who share our mission and vision

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