Artist Cynthia Cao
Artist Cynthia Cao
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Artist Kenneth Ronquillo
Artist Kenneth Ronquillo
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Poet Brian Adrias
Poet Brian Adrias
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Salt Stained Exhibit
Salt Stained Exhibit
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Salt Stained Exhibit
Salt Stained Exhibit
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Community Event
Community Event
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Our Mission

Chopsticks Alley Art promotes Southeast Asian cultural heritage through the arts. We provide support to artists through art exhibits, classes, and events.  We celebrate the cultural diversity of Southeast Asian contemporary art to foster greater understanding and connect communities.

Art Center

Olinder Community Center

848 East William Street

San Jose, CA 95116

Art Gallery

Open San Jose

38 S. 2nd Street

San Jose, CA  95113

Opening Nov 16, 2022

 

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OUR PROGRAMS

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VISUAL ARTS

Exhibitions

Featuring community based work from underserved Southeast Asian artists who push boundaries and engage audiences.

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LITERATURE

& Performing Arts

Exploring and featuring spoken and written words for its creative and artistic value to preserve our language and culture.

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ART

Classes

Offering year-round art classes to everyone in our community.

By offering arts-based programs, exhibits, and community events, we create an engaging environment of celebration, understanding, and support between our diverse multi-generational communities.

 
 

CHOPSTICKERS

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Trami Cron

Executive Artistic Director

Founder of Chopsticks Alley Art and Chopsticks Alley multi-media publication.  She is a cultural organizer, producer, and host of Chopsticks Alley talk show, podcast, and author of VietnamEazy.  She is an Emerging Arts Professional San Francisco Fellow and has a Business Marketing degree from the University of Utah.

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Hang Huynh

Teaching Artist. Class Coordinator

Hang is a contemporary artist who is interested in sculpture, photography, and oil painting. To her, kindness is the most beautiful thing that she appreciates and sees in humans. Pursuing a BFA degree in Spatial art and a minor in Photography, she hopes to help the world become a better place through her art.

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Harleen Kaur

Fellows Lead

Harleen is a current student at UCLA finishing up her B.A. in philosophy. Growing up in San Jose, she hopes to amplify the voices of the Asian community. 

Harleen hopes to do this by attending law school after finishing her B.A. to become a lawyer who will give back to her community. 

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Linh Bui

Class Assistant

Linh is a freshman at De Anza College pursuing journalism. She is dedicated to amplifying minority voices and using her influence to create social change. Linh believes "Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success." Besides journalism, she has experience in graphic design and cinematography, and she is willing to learn more about political science and human rights. In joining Chopsticks Alley, Linh hopes to contribute to raising awareness of Southeast Asian art and taking pride in her heritage as a Vietnamese immigrant.

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Martin Mijares

Photographer

Martin is a photographer and analyst turned UX Designer.  His academic background is in the social sciences, specifically an MA in Sociology (feel free to bring up social theory or statistical modeling with multiple variables any time). The multidisciplinary skillset gained from Sociology gives him a solid toolkit that can apply to the Design Thinking process, essentially improving the user's experience from the digital to the real world.

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Cynthia Cao

Artist. Exhibit Designer

A visual artist primarily known for her intaglio prints and watercolors. As an arts educator, she has led workshops at the Vietnamese-American Community Center, served as Gallery Teacher at the San Jose Museum of Art, and taught in private art studios in the South Bay. She is the Exhibition Designer and Teaching Artist for

She earned her BFA in Pictorial Arts with a Minor in Art History & Visual Culture from San Jose State University.   

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Ouater Sand

Teaching Artist

Ouater is a Vietnamese American artist and filmmaker. He graduated from San Francisco Art Institute with a MFA and MA. He is also a Founding Board Member of Bent Boat Art, a Vietnamese dias;poric non-profit providing art services to preserve the Vietnamese Culture

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Coby Chuang

Artist. Graphics Designer. Class Assistant

Coby is a Graphic Design undergrad at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is passionate about illustration and would love to work as an artist in the animation or gaming industries.

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Sabrina Kwong

Class Assistant. Gallery Attendant

Sabrina is a Chinese American visual and performing artist based in Mountain View. Her work delves into identity, culture, and mindfulness. Her pieces incorporate digital and fine mediums such as watercolor and acrylics. Inspired by themes of wellness, the human condition, the natural world, expressionism, and movement, she continues her work in art, music, poetry, and dance. Sabrina is also a graphic and content creator. She has a BFA in Digital Media Arts from SJSU.

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Elaine Nguyen

Curator

Elaine is a Vietnamese American interdisciplinary artist, curator, and community organizer. She believes in amplifying the voices of Asian artists and creating exhibitions that encourage visual storytelling and discussions that influence social change. She has explored themes of connection and identity in past curations such as Conversations in Identity at the Salesforce Tower and Sacred Strands at i19 Gallery in New Jersey. She received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, is a current co-op member at Gallery 2727, and is an MFA candidate at UC Davis.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Bordona, Director of Education, San Jose Museum of Art
Hien Do, College of Social Sciences Professor & Sociology, SJSU
Kalpana Handu Guha, Director of Operations, Asquare Inc
Chris Locsin, Poet & Mortgage Expert, Premier Mortgage Resources
Dinh Ly, Materials Program Manager, Applied Materials
Marie Millares, Director of Facilities, Veggielution
Jessica Savage, Executive Communications Manager, Cisco
Thomas Vo, Real Estate and Insurance Broker, Province Real Estate

ADVISORY BOARD

David Bonaccorsi, LLP,  Civil Attorney

Jeff Ruster, Director of Strategic Partnership City of San Jose
Van Lan Truong, Policy Aide, Santa Clara County

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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SPONSORS

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CONTACT US

Interested in volunteering with us?

Send an email to chopsticksalleyart@gmail.com

and let us know how you'd like to help.