SF Bay Area Korean-American Muralist Dave Young Kim Wins Asian Pacific American Heritage Award

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The Asian Pacific American Heritage Foundation announced Dave Young Kim and two others as winners on Friday, May 1st. The award ceremony and celebration takes place Monday, May 4th at SF City Hall to kick off Asian Heritage Month in May.

This recognition compels me to continue working towards enhancing Asian American awareness and to use my gifts to better the world around me.

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The Asian American Pacific (APA) Heritage Foundation named David Kim one of three winners of the 2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Award. The most prestigious of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area, the award celebrates those whose creativity in design has had significant impact in his or her field, the community as well as society. With this designation, David Kim, a fine artist and muralist, shares the title with previous winners who include Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, founder of the first taiko group in North America; first native-born Asian-American female journalist Jan Yanehiro; and award-winning writer Elaine H. Kim.

Kim, 35, who received his Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in 2014, says, “This recognition compels me to continue working towards enhancing Asian American awareness and to use my gifts to better the world around me.” At Mills he worked closely with renowned painter Hung Liu; Kimʼs work explores the complexities of living as a Korean American.

Currently, David Kim, also known as Dave Young Kim, is producing a documentary film called Interlaced that investigates the tension between Korean and Korean American culture among his generation. His mural work and fine art blend classical and street art style with urban and Asian influences. His murals are across the United States from Oakland to Miami as well as in Korea, Norway, and Mexico.

Following the May 1st press conference where winners were announced at San Francisco City Hall, the annual APA Heritage Awards ceremony honoring the individuals that have been awarded will be held on May 4 at San Francisco City Hall Rotunda building with Mayor Edwin Lee. The celebration will be filled with performances followed by a catered reception.

Established in 2010, the APA Heritage Foundation (APAHF) is the fiscal sponsor of San Franciscoʼs annual celebration event for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The APAHF promotes appreciation of Asian Pacific American culture and heritage and provides a forum for the diverse APA community to share information, discuss issues of concern and collaborate on projects of community interests.

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