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OUR STORY

Kollaboration is an organization dedicated to empowering aspiring, talented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth by providing resources and opportunity to accomplish their goals as artists while providing quality entertainment for the community.Kollaboration Houston has been one of the top chapters in the nation, and we intend to keep it that way. The flagship of each Kollaboration chapter is an annual showcase of up to ten talented artists competing in a showcase. Houston’s first showcase in 2010 drew an audience of over a thousand people. With three more successful showcases in the years after, it remains an exciting event many come back to year after year. In addition, Kollaboration Houston has up to a dozen other events planned in the year of 2015.
(1) at‐risk API youth by providing them with a creative outlet and leadership training that provides an alternative to gang activity and delinquency, 
(2) API families by providing a platform for communication, helping to bridge the gap between first generation parents and second generation youth, and
(3) the API community at large, by creating a sounding board for other critical community issues.
APIs have historically been categorized into certain images in mainstream media, making it difficult for APIs to be hired outside “model minority” or “foreigner” roles. This limits support to pursue non-traditional career paths due to cultural expectations and causing a lack of APIs in mainstream entertainment industry. Thus, APIs not only inaccurately portrayed but also disproportionately under-represented in mainstream media, leaving API youth with few visible role models and a narrowed pool of aspirations. As the largest API talent organization in North America, Kollaboration endeavors to bring about a paradigm shift of perceptions. By setting up a playform for talented API to be discovered by an eager community, Kollaboration works to both bring about change and promote diversity in the communities they serve. In alignment with “Empowerment through Entertainment,” the ultimate goal for the Kollaboration movement is a future of innovative and creative artistry with all races and ethnicities.

Our Core Values

Professional Development

Our organization has a lot of moving parts, which means that there's plenty of hands-on learning experiences for those interested.

Civic Engagement

It's good to give back. It's important to raise civic-minded leaders who realize the importance of aiding the community.

Leadership Development

In today's day and age, leadership is seen as one of the most sought-after skills. We create strong, responsible, and driven leaders, and nothing less.


MEET THE STAFF

Our staff work year-round to provide the best content and experience for everyone involved, whether it be for artists, audience, or otherwise.

 

The name's Kuo. Kevin Kuo.

Kevin Kuo
Executive Director
Brittany Pham
Associate Director
Alice Yet
Creative Director
Mitch Kuy
Marketing Director
Philip Chen
Programming Director
Peter Nguyen
Associate Programming Director
William Zhang
Public Relations Manager
Jesy Dulay
Executive Assistant
Nima Mistry
Associate Marketing Director
Nathan Zhao
Programming Associate
Jennifer Nguyen
Multimedia Producer
Catherine Huang
Marketing Associate
Alex Chen
Programming Coordinator
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SUCCESSFUL EVENTS
205
ARTISTS AIDED
6500
EVENT VISITORS
6
SHOWCASES