Soul & Ink and Batang Kankaloo present the 2nd Annual SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering. Held in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May at Shopkeepers., this exhibition presented original work by artists of color from diaspora communities. 

The term SAMASAMA means all together in Tagalog. Bayanihan is a Filipino custom derived from the Tagalog word bayan, meaning community. The theme of the exhibit is Bayanihan, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. 

From the outside, AAPI communities are often perceived as devoid of meaningful difference in identity and experience. From the inside, our communities live vibrant, varied lives - but remain divided by a lack of exchange between our cultures and ongoing histories. 

Our goal is to examine the multicultural American experience. Breaking through stereotypes and boundaries because diverse stories, perspectives, and contributions to push humanity forward.

This year we will be donating a portion of proceeds for all art sold to local organizations Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) and Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute for the tireless work that they do for our youth. 

Official 2018 Artist List:

Ashley Dequilla
Chantale Wong
Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre
Cindy Hoang 
Daniel Katz-Hernandez
Dennis Madamba
Ding Ren
Dona Teare
Dylan Hoang 
Electra Bolotas
Elmer Calata
Erika Layne Salazar
Farrah Skeiky
Francis Calimlim
Frankie Meneses 
Gean Carlos Martinez
Grace Bio
Golden Rabbit Silent Monkey 
Hannah Son
Isabel Manalo 
Jeanne Jalandoni
Jee Hwang
Jeremy Arn Dianzon Ramirez
Julia Chon
Julie Kang
Junichi Nakane 
Kelvin Burzon 
Khanh Le
Kim Sandara 
Kimberley Acebo Arteche 
Lisa Thach 
Maria Miller
Matt Manalo 
Michelle Samson 
Mojdeh Rezaeipour 
Nico Fertakis 
Pamela G Ybanez 
Paradox Vested Relics: PAULO RAYMUNDO
Sadira Benge
Senna J Ahmad 
Shani Shih 
Sherry San Miguel Meneses
Shyama Kuver 
Vanessa Englund 
Yiqiao Wang 
Yuno D. Baswir


Tickets are FREE to register! Suggested $5-20 donation accepted at the door. Pay what you can, no one turned away. SAMASAMA is completely volunteer run & funded. 15% of sales will be donated to Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) and Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute.

We've been pouring our heart & soul into this "little" personal project. Hope you can make it out! There's something for everyone. . . even the babies. RSVP at