ABOUT

Our Mission

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

We serve young Southeast Asian artists, low-income families, elders, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with differing abilities.

Location:
Chopsticks Alley Art

(Olinder Community Center)

848 East William Street

San Jose, CA 95116

Email: chopsticksalleyart@gmail.com

Chopsticks Alley Art celebrates Southeast Asian cultural heritage

through the creative shared expression of art.

 

OUR PROGRAMS

VISUAL ARTS

Exhibitions

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

LITERATURE

& Performing Arts

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

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.

 
 
 

OUR TEAM

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Executive Artistic Director

Trami Cron

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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Photographer. Foodie. Contemplator.

Chris Bolor

As a first generation Filipino-American, Chris values both cultural diversity, as well as taking part in a shared societal-cultural dynamic. "Do what you love" is a virtue Chris firmly believes in, as is to "find balance in all things". When he is not working on all the creative things he loves, Chris loves enjoying the creativity of others, whether it is food, a movie or music. 

Through his photos, Chris hopes to capture the full depth and meaning of the work of the artists featured in Chopsticks Alley.

Projects Manager. Podcast Host

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of California, Riverside. Her passion for studying trends, analytics, and the arts drive her to discover the ‘why’ behind various aspects of the changing Vietnamese-American demographic. She likes to spend time with her cat, eat at new local restaurants, and read adventure novels.

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Photographer

Martin Mijares

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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Writer. Producer

Esther Young

Esther is a "writer at heart," an event coordinator by profession and a shy but earnest songwriter for life. Her lifelong mission is to tell conscious stories and foster gatherings that facilitate the ways we seek to be understood and connect authentically. She believes every neighborhood and person is brimming with creation and complexity, and that learning to move with compassion is one of the best uses of her time.

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Artist. Teaching Artist

Cynthia Cao

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 Chopsticks Alley Art, a non-profit dedicated to promoting Southeast Asian cultural heritage, and has worked as an Art Preparator at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art since 2015. She also works as the Gallery Technical Coordinator for the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery which coordinates over 120 exhibitions each year.  She earned her BFA in Pictorial Arts with a Minor in Art History & Visual Culture from San Jose State University.   

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Communications

Phi Phung Ong

Phi is passionate to learn more about the Vietnamese culture.  Through her work she hopes to preserve and share her culture with future generations.

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Talent, Host, Producer

Juicy Liu

Juicy Liu is a San Francisco based Drag Queen, and, as a transplant from her native Dallas, she learned the power of big, beautiful, blonde hair. Juicy got her start in San Francisco raising funds for her gay softball team, the Dragons, selling Jello shots and raffle tickets at Toad Hall in the Castro. Over the years, Juicy has been able to raise over $50K for many nonprofits in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation through AIDS/Lifecycle. A self-proclaimed “drag activist comedy queen,” Juicy has performed with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and first competed at the San Francisco Gay Softball League’s annual fundraiser, the Switchhitter’s ball. After winning the GAPA Runway Pageant in 2016 and being crowned Miss GAPA (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance) 2016, she started her own monthly show, JuicyThots in 2018, at The Lookout to showcase Queer and Trans Performers of Color. Juicy continues to use her platform to bring more awareness and visibility to the Queer and Trans Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Animator. Graphics Designer

David Hargrove

David is a student majoring in Art, pursuing a degree in Computer Arts and Animation. He hopes to further the goal of uniting all communities by contributing his art skills to Chopsticks Alley.

OUR BOARD

 

 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dianna Bernal

Jeff Bordona

Kalpana Handu Guha
Dinh Ly

Marie Millares

Jessica Savage

Thomas Vo

ADVISORY BOARD
David Bonaccorsi, LLP

Jeff Ruster

Van Lan Truong

BOARD MEMBERS

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

OUR SPONSORS

 

CONTACT
CHOPSTICKS ALLEY ART

 
 

Interested in volunteering with us?

Send an email to chopsticksalleyart@gmail.com

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

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Address

848 East William Street | San Jose, CA 95116

Mailing address:

88 S. 3rd St, #183 | San Jose, CA 95113

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