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TAAF, Panda Express invest over $500,000 into AAPI artists

Last week, Panda Express revealed a $1 million grant to The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to elevate AAPI representation. Now, TAAF, Panda Express, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute are teaming up to provide over $500,000 in funds for a fellowship and scholarship to elevate emerging AAPI talent.

This year, six artists were accepted into the fellowship which includes a $20,000 unrestricted grant for each to fund their projects plus additional, customized support from the Institute.

An additional six emerging artists will also receive TAAF/Sundance scholarships this year that will allow them to enroll in a live online course of their unique discipline, receive a Creator+ Sundance Collab membership to access Master Classes, participate in exclusive networking and community-building events, and receive guidance from their Sundance Collab Advisors on their projects.

Congresswoman Grace Meng joins NextShark and TAAF to launch national network to fight hate

NextShark and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) are excited to announce our recent partnership to present the AAPI community with From Hate to Hope, a crucial conversation to unite us against hate streaming on September 30 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook Live.

Join Congresswoman Grace Meng, Dr. Thu Quach, Incoming President of Asian Health Services, Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director of the Asian American Federation, and TAAF Founding President Sonal Shah, and NextShark’s very own founder and CEO Benny Luo for a free streaming event moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Amna Nawaz

Nets’ Joe Tsai, Yahoo Founder Jerry Yang and More Launch $250 Million Initiative to Fight Hate


Several influential business leaders have recently started a $250 million initiative dedicated to serving 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation.

Members of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) launched the initiative on Monday. According to its organizers, the initiative is the “largest-ever philanthropic effort to support the AAPI community,” Reuters reported.