Celebrating Asian-American History Month
During the month of May, the Howland Cultural Center will celebrate National Asian-American History Month with a special exhibition of eight Asian-American Artists of the Hudson Valley. The exhibition will run Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 31, with an opening reception for the public to meet the artists on May 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. The artists, Craig Chin, Rieko Fujinami, Bibiana Huong-Matheis, Hiro Ichikawa, Insun Kim, Itoko Kobayaski, Dewey Lee and Jayoung Yoon, will exhibit paintings, photography, paper art, and sculpture.
In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian-American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the U.S. of the first Japanese immigrants, May 7, 1843, and the contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration.
The Howland Cultural Center is at 477 Main St. in Beacon. Gallery hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays with an exception on Sunday, May 17, when the Howland Chamber Music Circle presents the Trio Valtorna in concert and the art gallery will be closed to the general viewing public. For further information, call the Howland Cultural Center at 845-831-4988 or visit howlandculturalcenter.org.
Photos courtesy of Howland Cultural Center