First Friday: Stories of Salinas Chinatown

Come and visit the Stories of Salinas Chinatown exhibit at the Historic Harvey House at the Salinas Train Station, free, this First Friday, June 7 (5 to 8 pm) and also on Saturday, June 8 (10 to 3 pm)! Snacks and drinks will be provided. The exhibit celebrates the history of Chinatown and its multiple ethnic communities, examines its present, and new plans for its … Continue reading First Friday: Stories of Salinas Chinatown

Reflections on Salinas Chinatown

On May 21st, at the John Steinbeck Library, Salinas-area Asian American historians, authors, and artists shared their creative journeys, research, and influences, withtopics reflecting the diverse Asian communities of Salinas. Great evening of sharing our writing, art, and cultural activism. Thank you, Salinas Public Libraries and ACE! And thanks to participants Gerry Low-Sabado, Larry Hirahara, Wally Ahtye, Kainoa Rocamora, Jean Vengua, and Richard Villegas. Thanks also to Cathy … Continue reading Reflections on Salinas Chinatown

Stories of Salinas Chinatown

On May 3rd, we held the official opening for our Stories of Chinatown exhibit at the Historic Harvey House education center (at the Salinas Train Station) in Salinas. We had a wonderful time chatting with guests about Chinatown’s history. The exhibit will be open every Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every First Friday of each month through May, June, and July, 5 to … Continue reading Stories of Salinas Chinatown

CSUMB’s Visual and Public Arts and ACE, Part I – 2018

One of ACE’s valuable partners is CSUMB’s Visual & Public Arts (VPA) Department. Every Fall, students from Jesus Aguilar‘s Media and Public Arts class meet with ACE and create a project about Chinatown. This was the second project we had worked on with VPA. Many of the students are from outside Salinas, so they do not know much about Chinatown. But coming into the Republic … Continue reading CSUMB’s Visual and Public Arts and ACE, Part I – 2018

Moon Gate Plaza: Groundbreaking

Today we attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for Moon Gate Plaza, developed by MidPen Housing. This project was a long time coming, and ACE members are very happy that this day has finally arrived. As most of the speakers explained, along with MidPen, it took a community and the City of Salinas to make this all happen — a network of cooperation between individuals, organizations, and … Continue reading Moon Gate Plaza: Groundbreaking

Moon Gate Plaza, Salinas Chinatown

Sun and Moon Gate Designs

Recently, Betsy Elizabeth Wilson of MidPen informed us that MidPen is now soliciting designs for the Sun and Moon Gate gates that will eventually be placed on the two Soledad St. entrances to Moon Gate Plaza. Finalists will receive a $1000 design fee to create a proposal for the two gates. Selected artist/s will receive a $5000 commission to develop their design. We thought you … Continue reading Sun and Moon Gate Designs

Tell your story — on film!

Image above from the Henry T. Gong collection. Got a story to tell about your life or your family’s life in Salinas? Here’s a chance for you to tell that story, and get it on film! The Salinas Public Library is offering a Free Digital Storytelling Workshop through Story Center, California Listens: Salinas Stories project. The deadline to apply is June 12. Coming up soon! … Continue reading Tell your story — on film!