Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum

Pacific Island arts and culture

Located in Long Beach, the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) showcases the diverse cultures from the Pacific who call Southern California home, from the Marshallese to Ni-Vanuatu to Naurauan, and many other distinct nationalities.  PIEAM's mission is to generate interest in these diverse cultures and to educate varied audiences by bringing the beauty and culture of Pacific Island ethnic art to Southern California.  PIEAM stays true to the heritage of the Pacific Islands, highlighting all forms of Pacific Island ethnic art.  The museum opened in October 2010.

As a grantee of ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program in 2011 and 2013, PIEAM received support for Pasifika Living Arts, an event showcasing multiple genres including dance, music, foodways, and material arts involving Southern California-based members of the Pacific Islander community.  The event is steamed live for international viewing throughout the Pacific.

In 2012, support from ACTA's Development Program allowed PIEAM's Museum Director, Brenna Barrett, to participate in the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership's Nonprofit Leadership Institute.


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1 PieAM: Tapwanu Idol
2 PieAm: Rai Stone Money
3 PieAm: Products of Pandanus
4 PieAm: Chamoru Boat
5 PieAm: Chamoru Dance
6 PieAm: Samoan Fire Knife
7 PieAm: Fire Knife Dancer 2
8 PieAm: Chamoru Clothing
9 PieAM Building
Chamoru community youth performing at PIEAM's opening in October 2010 (Photo courtesy of Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum)
Pounding poi at the 3rd annual Paskifa Festival held at the Pacific Island Ethnic Arts Museum (Photo: Lily Kharrazi)

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