When you support Tasveer during Give in May, your contributions will make possible our impactful South Asian arts & culture programs. With eight or more totally unique offerings in 2022, Tasveer's programs disrupt white-washed media and harmful misinformation by providing a platform for radically representative films, poignant storytelling that defies taboos, thoughtful literary offerings, and educational programming to inspire the next generation of South Asian social justice advocates.
Tasveer's mission is to inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling.
Tasveer was founded by two local immigrant South Asian women Rita Meher and Farah Nousheen, in March 2002, with the objective of raising awareness, promoting diversity and inclusion, and dispelling cultural stereotypes about our community, especially after 9/11.
Tasveer needs art lovers and social justice advocates like YOU to fund this work, as we grow our grassroots programming despite the challenges posed to arts organizations by the pandemic. Please consider donating $20/ month in honor of Tasveer's 20th Anniversary!
“Arts and culture is not a nice-to-have — it's a must-have.” - Michael Greer, ArtsFund President & CEO
In 2022 Tasveer's programs include:
TasveerTV - TasveerTV is the first of its kind virtual cinema platform dedicated to independent South Asian content and creators. This platform will be your virtual theater with specially curated content from our favorite South Asian creators. Championing our very own community of filmmakers and artists, TasveerTV is another step in the direction of amplifying South Asian stories and voices.
Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (17th Annual, November 4-13, 2022) - The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) is our most extensive production. It is a two-week-long extravaganza that creates a lively, stimulating, and focused environment for conversation, education, and exploration of issues that face South Asia and its Diaspora. Through a series of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and cultural programming, our goal is to involve audiences not just with the film and video works presented, but to create a prolonged space where the social, political, personal, and international issues that form the core subjects of those works can be discussed and understood.
Community Speaks (May 7th): Community Speaks, started in 2011, as a forum for South Asians impacted by violence to break the isolation they have experienced by sharing their story. Each year the Community Stories narratives shed light on the special challenges and opportunities experienced within the South Asian socio-cultural context, whether in native lands or in adopted homelands.
Tasveer Open Mic (monthly, 4th Thursday) - Tasveer invites you to showcase your musings, rousings, yearnings, instruments, poems, skits, comic pieces, plays or whatever talent you want to bring to us. Performers will be selected in random order and each participant will have up to 7 min to showcase their talent.
Tasveer Film Fund - For the third year we will award monetary grants and year-long mentorship to emerging South Asian filmmakers to make a short film. We aim to make one award for a narrative film, another for a documentary, and one to an LGBTQ filmmaker. Their films will then premiere at the following year's TSAFF
Tasveer Youth Collective - TYC aims to inspire a social justice mindset in Pacific Northwest South Asian youth by critically and creatively engaging in politically conscious films, art, and storytelling
Tasveer Book Club - Join the newly launched Tasveer Book Club where we will read one South Asian book every two months. Our first selection will be "You Can't Be Serious" by Kal Penn, which we will meet to discuss in June 2022!