Exhibit and workshops showcase the Asian American experience through stories

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – HUB-Robeson Galleries in partnership with Adult Learner Programs & Services, Residence Life and the Sustainability Institute present “Lunchbox moments: Seek to understand. Share stories. Stop the hate,” by Amie Bantz, a multifaceted exhibition. The exhibition will run from January 26 to May 15 and can be seen in the windows of the HUB-Robeson Center. Several interactive events and workshops will take place in connection with the exhibition.

“Lunchbox moments” are formative events in the lives of many Asian Americans where a traditional Asian meal is eaten at school or at home and the meal elicits some sort of reaction, whether it either positive or negative.

“I have a lunchbox moment; my mom has a lunchbox moment; almost all my AAPIs [Asian American Pacific Islander] community members are having a lunchbox moment,” said artist Amie Bantz. “These stories constitute a collective identity that is at once deep, beautiful, comical and heartbreaking.”

Sharing these stories strengthens the AAPI community in light of the recent attacks on Asian Americans in the United States and highlights the commonalities in the experiences of many people of color. To learn more about the project, visit “Amie Bantz presents: Lunchbox Moments: Seek to understand. Share stories. Stop the hate.”

The boxes displayed that are part of the exhibit are a collection of stories from members of the AAPI community and are a visual representation of storytelling showcasing the Asian-American experience. Penn State students will also have the opportunity to share their stories and create their own lunch box when Bantz visits University Park.

Meet the artist and raise the voices of AAPI by attending the events below. These events are free and open to everyone.

Events and workshops

February 8: Lunchbox Moments exhibition and reception, 5-7 p.m., first floor: HUB-Robeson Center. No registration necessary. This event is free and open to all. Join us for a mix and mingle with artist Bantz for a conversation and lunch box making activity.

February 8: Culture in motion: Music Mixer, 7:30-9:30 p.m. HUB 008

Subscribe to Culture in motion. Registration is free, but the number of places is limited. Enjoy cultural performances, refreshments and a DJ.

February 9: Art in Action: Lunchbox Moments, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. HUB 233A

Subscribe to Art in Action: Lunchbox Moments. The number of places is limited and registration is mandatory to guarantee free supplies to participants. Engage in shared storytelling and capture your own lunchbox moment.

February 10: Lunch box making workshop with the artist Amie Bantz, 6pm-8pm HUB 302

Sign up for the lunch box making workshop. Registration is free, but the number of places is limited. Take part in a cultural exchange of lunchbox moments and create your own mixed media design for our Penn State lunchbox display.

February 11th : Durability Showcase with Amie Bantz, 12-1:15 p.m., online and (tentatively) HUB 233AB: Join Amie Bantz for a talk as part of the “Driving It Home” series connecting sustainability issues to the places we live. No registration necessary.

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