The third episode of CAATA’s ConFest Virtual Series monthly online series, titled “Artists on the Frontlines: Creativity & Change During COVID-19”” broadcast on Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 12,, 2020 at 1PM HST, 3PM AKDT, 4PM PDT, 5PM MDT, 6PM CDT, and 7PM EDT, and featured performance actions by Indigenous and Asian American women and queer artists creating and responding during this unprecedented time of multiple national and world crises.
The online event included appearances by Kiki & Cocoa (Kiki Rivera and Sami L.A. Akuna a.k.a. Cocoa Chandelier, both of Honolulu, HI) with a performance based on their work Sipping & Stirring the Tea; Kristina Wong of Los Angeles, creator of the acclaimed performance work Kristina Wong for Public Office (Featured Show, ConFest 2021), with the celebrated volunteer mask sewing group the L.A.-based Auntie Sewing Squad; and an excerpt of the play Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! by Indigenous artist activist Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Artistic Director of Safe Harbors NYC in New York, NY.
The episode also featured a conversation with Innocenta Sound-Kikku, founder of the intergenerational youth program “Pacific Voices” at Kokua Kalihi Valley Medical Clinic, and Vice-Chair of the Micronesian Health Advisory Committee and Theresa Hatathlie-Delmar of Yee Ha’ólníi Doo/Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief. The episode will be hosted by CAATA board member and ConFest Co-Chair Leilani Chan (Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions; Los Angeles, CA).