Ping Chong

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Alaska Workshops and Engagement
Aug 22: Ping Chong Artist Talk at Anchorage Museum
Aug 31: ENCOUNTERS: ALASKA Website Launch
Sept 1: Theater Lab Master Class at University of Alaska Anchorage
Sept 5: Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop with Bethel Tundra Women’s Coalition's Teens Acting Against Violence
Sept 6: Arts Integration Workshop at Lower Kuskokwim School District
Sept 8: Post-Show Educator Reflection Session at Lower Kuskokwim School District's District-Wide Professional Development
Sept 11: Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop at Nome Elementary School
Sept 12: Post-Show Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Katirvik Cultural Center, Nome
Sept 15: Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop at Homer's Fireweed Academy
Sept 17: Post-Show Community Talking Circle at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer

New York Workshops and Engagement
Oct 13: Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop with Sarah Lawrence College
Oct 14: “AKMANI: Meeting Through Story, Puppetry, and Dance” co-facilitated with Alaska Native Heritage Center, live video connection by Culture Hub. Part of La MaMa KIDS series.
Oct 16: Artist Talk at Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Semester
Oct 21: “Contemporary Stories of the Lenape Diaspora” co-facilitated by the Lenape Center
Oct 23: Post-Show Talk with “Arden/Everywhere” Director Jessica Bauman at Baruch Performing Arts Center
Oct 24: "Alaska Native Drum & Dance and Rural Alaska Life" Artist Talk at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts

New York Post-Show Discussions at La MaMa
Oct 15: Ensemble and Ping Chong
Oct 18: Private event with Mei Hua group
Oct 19: Ensemble and Emily Johnson (American artist of Yup’ik descent)
Oct 21: Ensemble and Lenape Center Founders, Joe Baker and Hadrien Coumans
Oct 25: Ensemble and Brendan Chapin (Projections Operator)
Oct 27: Ensemble

Alaska Community Interviews
In the making of the project, the creators embarked on research trips and residencies in Alaska, where they interviewed approximately 50 community members in Anchorage, Nome, Seward, Bethel, Unalakleet, Kasigluk, Homer, and more. Excerpts from these recorded dialogues appear in the sound design of ALAXSXA | ALASKA. With the help of student researchers from the New School University's Eugene Lang College, the interviews are archived at ENCOUNTERS:ALASKA to feature the contemporary lives of Alaskans in archival form.

New York Post-Show Audience Interviews
Community Engagement Fellow Thomas Murray and Production Intern Eliza Kamerling-Brown conducted approximately sixty interviews with audience members in the La MaMa lobby post-show. In the interviews, the audience was asked to reflect on their own cross-cultural encounters and experiences. Audio and text excerpts can be found on ENCOUNTERS:ALASKA.