Balay Kreative

Filipino/Filipino-American Arts and Culture

Housed in SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco’s Filipinx cultural district, Balay Kreative (House of Creatives) was created in 2019 as a cultural and arts programming hub for San Francisco’s Filipinx-American community and to serve as an accessible source of relevant support and professional development for local Filipinx artists. Balay Kreative supports its community of artists through online programming, grants, and workshops.

In 2021, a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grant Program will support Balay Kreative’s Inabel nga Indayon (Inabel Cradle Cloth/Blanket) project. Led by artist Rachel Lozada, this project will engage the Filipinx-American community in the creation of an inabel (traditional Ilocano weaving) cradle cloth. Weaving workshops will be held outdoors in-person, as well as live streamed online. This represents the first weaving of its kind to be made in the United States in contemporary times, and will honor the first wave of Filipinx (Manongs/Manangs) who came here in the early 1900’s.

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