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

ACE/Asian Festival Fundraiser 3/24

YOU ARE INVITED to our ACE/Asian Festival Fundraiser, featuring Aireene Espiritu & The Itch: March 24, 2 to 5 pm, at the Filipino Community Center, 250 Calle Cebu in Salinas. Mike PZ & Assoc. will open with an acoustic performance. Open to all ages: kids are free! Listen to Aireene Espiritu singing “Going Back Where I Belong” (audio): Although we offer discounts for students with ID … Continue reading ACE/Asian Festival Fundraiser 3/24

KION report: “Residents Recall Salinas Chinatown’s Thriving Past”

As the Chinese Lunar New Year 2018 arrives (the year of the Earth Dog), Linda Zhang of KION/Telemundo recently interviewed Wellington Lee about the history of Chinatown, and the Wang family about their immigrant experience and Chinese work ethics. Check out the video HERE, and happy new year to you!   Continue reading KION report: “Residents Recall Salinas Chinatown’s Thriving Past”

Chinatown Oral Histories Project & Block Party – First Step to Housing: Nov. 18

ACE is now partners with CSUMB’s Visual & Public Arts Department (VPA). The first project will be presented at the Chinatown Block Party on Nov. 18, on Soledad St. in Chinatown. Beginning at 10 a.m., and continuing through the afternoon, Prof. Jesus Aguilar’s VPA 306S Digital Public Art class will present a series of signs (over 67 of them!) as interventions, and will document and … Continue reading Chinatown Oral Histories Project & Block Party – First Step to Housing: Nov. 18

ACE Pop-up Museum at Star Market – This Saturday, October 14!

  The ACE Pop-up Museum is coming to the Star Market this Saturday, October 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Star Market is located at 1275 S. Main St. in Salinas. The theme of the pop-up is “Farm to Table: Markets, Menus, and Meals.” ACE is partnering with the Star Market to promote our mission to preserve the history and cultural identity of Salinas … Continue reading ACE Pop-up Museum at Star Market – This Saturday, October 14!

Salinas Obon Festival 2017

I visited the Salinas Obon Festival yesterday, organized by the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. The placed was packed with festival-goers, lines forming at the food vendor tents for scrumptious Japanese food (and in one case, Filipino lumpia!), and to view bonsai and ikebana demonstrations, and Asian crafts. The Salinas Kendo Club demonstration, Obon Odori dancing, and San Jose Taiko were exciting! It was a very … Continue reading Salinas Obon Festival 2017