At TACLA believe in the power of listening to and recording the stories and wisdoms of those who came before us and did the necessary work to pave a way for us in the present. We hope to use our creative abilities to engage, expand, and critique the work of our elders, and tell our own stories to forge different forms of memory work and careful attention.
TACLA is a meeting ground for creative storytelling and intergenerational engagement, nurtured by, in, with and for our communities. We are committed to creative research, artful representation, equitable outreach, and accessible presentation to tell intentional narratives about our histories, presents, and futures.
To Gather: To connect and bring pan-Asian artists together in dialogue, creation and resistance
To Keep: To imaginatively remember histories, presents, and stories of pan-Asian Canadian artist communities
To Witness: To animate multiple knowledges in nonlinear, messy and flexible ways for the purpose of empowering, educating and healing communities
TACLA is committed to working collaboratively in decolonial praxis and radical imagination, which means critically working in solidarity with and toward pan-Asian communities. We understand that allyship requires a spirit of humility, listening, and a willingness to be open and held accountable to build relationships communally through the many different histories, cultures and positionalities that make the pan Asian diaspora on Turtle Island.