Evening of Contemporary Pacific Island Poetry, Live Art, Music to be Presented at Museum of Latin American Art

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Pasifika Voice 2010: The New Wayfinders,” an evening of contemporary Pacific Island poetry, live art and music, will be presented on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Museum of Latin American Art.

The event is presented by the Cal State Long Beach Pacific Islanders Association (CSULB PIA), Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PieAM) and Pac Biz: Association of Pacific Islander Businesses and Professionals.

“Pasifika Voice 2010 is an exciting opportunity to view the amazing living artists found here in the United States,” noted Brenna Barrett, director of PieAM. “It is a wonderful addition to Walk-In at PieAM, highlighting the living arts and bringing international attention to so many diverse aspects of Pacific Island ethnic art.”

The evening will feature the talents of spoken word artists Jamaica Osorio, Kiana Fuega, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Kahlee of “The Seed,” Peni Falealili, Maile Arvin, DannyBoy Naha-Ve’evalu, Chris Fa’atolo, One Love Oceania (OLO) featuring Terisa Siagatonu, Michelle Kaonohikaimana, Jean Melesaine, Erica Nalani Benton, Loa Niumeitolu, Madeline Alefosio and Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu.

Additionally, the live art piece will feature the work of JP of jpacificoriginals and the contemporary performance of award-winning Nonosina. Finally, a contemporary Pacific Islander exhibit will also be on display.

“The Pasifika Voice Art Exhibition aims to create a space for Pacific Island contemporary art, an often overlooked and underappreciated expression of our culture,” explained Rita Scanlan, executive director of Pac Biz.

Pasifika Voice 2010 is funded in part by the CSULB Associated Students Inc.

“Pasifika Voice is a groundbreaking event for the Pacific Island culture and youth because it showcases the wide array of talent we have to offer,” said Gabriel Torres, vice president of CSULB PIA. “It sends the message to our youth that islanders don’t have to necessarily be football stars to go to college–intelligence and persistence is all you need.”

The event is Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 6-9 p.m. at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach.

Pre-sale tickets for CSULB students are $5 and will be on sale on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the walkway to the main library adjacent to the Liberal Arts 5 Building. Tickets at the door will be $15. Organizers note that some content in the program may be inappropriate for younger audiences.

For information about Pasifika Voice 2010 or the pre-sale tickets, contact CSULB PIA Secretary Joyce Faasee at jfaasee08@yahoo.com.

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