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White House Fielding Nominations for Champions of Change in AAPI Art, Storytelling

by Charles Lam /
A general view of the North side of the White Housein Washington, DC. on Nov 26.MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA

Do you know an artist who has highlighted the Asian-American and Pacific Islander experience in their work? If so, you may want to nominate them to be a White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling.

To celebrate Asian-American Heritage Month in May this year, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) will be highlighting the work of artists and storytellers whose work addresses Asian-American and Pacific Islander stories and issues.

"Artists and advocates, through their unique channels and distinct platforms, have played a critical role in telling powerful stories, increasing awareness around key AAPI issues, and encouraging diversity and inclusion in all sectors of society," Jason Tengco, WHIAAPI deputy director, said in a video announcing the search.

According to the White House, nominees may include storytellers who've included Asian-American and Pacific Islander characters in films, television, or literature; poets and spoken word artists who feature Asian-American and Pacific Islander issues in their work; or musicians who bring attention to issues facing the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

The deadline to nominate a candidate is March 9, 2016.

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