In 1992, May was officially designated as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
. This month was chosen to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Asian and Asian Americans as a result of the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The railroad would not have been possible without the hard work of the Chinese laborers who built it. In efforts to amplify the stories, contributions, accomplishments and experiences of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, niche programming has been created by brands and companies to share. The Recording Academy GRAMMY Museum carved out a special calendar this month to highlight the arts and music across AAPI culture.
GRAMMY Museum programming included a host of virtual programming and possibly some in-person as the museum recently announced that it would be re-opening its doors on May 21, 2021. There is a Spotlight Saturdays Series Takeover by BMG, a replay of archived programming that includes encore performances of Music of Waikiki and Mele Mel in L.A. New programming was also featured with a new roster of performances dropping Thursday 5/20 on COLLECTION:live
, the museum’s official streaming service. The proceeds from the streaming services are used as a resource to fund the Museum’s initiatives and keep their mission alive while they had to shut their doors due to COVID-19.
The Digital Exhibits are a display of past archived public programming that were once available for people to visit. Kī Hō'alu - Honoring the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition (2016), We Are Friends – A Lifetime Party of ‘70s Hawaiian Music (2017), and Music of Waikiki – Legendary Homes of Hawaiian Music (2019) are now available for virtual viewing. To see any of the aforementioned programming, visit the links below. For general information about the Grammy Museum, visit https://grammymuseum.org/
Special thanks to Music Industry Essentials
graduate Bryan Schiller, Strategic Partnerships at the GRAMMY Museum, for connecting with Yellowbrick to help amplify the museum’s AAPI Heritage Month programming.