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KULARTS PRESENTS showcases contemporary and tribal Pilipino art by local Pilipino-American and international Philippine artists.

  • The Philippine Master Artist in Residence (PMAIR) project sponsors a 4 to 6 week residency of Philippine master artists to create meaningful and engaging exchanges with major US arts and academic institutions and the Pilipino American community
  • The Annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade has become a must-see event during the holiday season. Co-presented by the Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF) and Kularts, this massive celebration includes a joyful march through the Yerba Buena Gardens to the warm glow of the star-shaped Filipino Parol Lantern.
  • Visual Arts Projects include exhibitions, installations, and public art events at the Bayanihan Community Center and sites throughout San Francisco. Also included are mural-making projects, leaving a lasting legacy in the cityscape.

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Watch as artist Cece Carpio and friends install “Tuloy Po Kayo” at the Filipino Education Center!

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Kularts began presenting Pilipino and Asian American performing artists in 1994, bringing exciting new work to local audiences while enabling the artists to achieve a new level of professionalism and visibility. In 1998, Kularts in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts launched POMO, an annual festival highlighting new multi-disciplinary works by American Pilipinos. In 2000, Kularts embarked on cross-cultural exchange with Philippine artists and presented The Warrior Project, a collaborative work by Alleluia Panis, University of the Philippines’ Kontra Gapi, and warrior artists of Bahala Na Giron Arnis Escrima of Stockton, California. In 2002, Kularts organized successful residencies for two Philippine artist groups: the theater-based Sining Kambayoka Ensemble (SKE) of Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines, and the folkloric dance company Sining Kumintang ng Batangas. By 2003, the Philippine Master Artists In Residence (PMAIR) program was established with the successful sponsorship of Helobung Cultural Troupe, a Tboli arts group, of Lake Sebu, Philippines. During PMAIR concerts Kularts began the Mindanao Tribal Market Installations and in 2006, Kularts held its first photo exhibit by Ifugao photographer Ruel Kabiggat Bimuyag at Bayanihan Center. Kularts partners with other arts organizations, academia, and community members to produce collaborative projects such as the Annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade and the Puro Arte Festival. Today, Kularts is proud to be a major presenter of works by Pilipino American and Philippine-based artists.

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