CAPE champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media. CAPE works to create long-lasting and systemic change in Hollywood. Now more than ever, it is vital that we stand together to combat stereotypical, harmful, and dangerous representations of the AAPI community in our media.
CAPE is committed to providing free or low-cost access to virtual panels, talks, and other programming during the #SaferAtHome order. As in-person mixers, meetings, and gatherings are postponed indefinitely, CAPE continues to work behind-the-scenes to help connect and cultivate relationships, referrals and references between talent and the studios, networks, and production companies.
Funds raised will be used for these new virtual programs and to keep them accessible for no or low-cost. Any additional funds will be used for our #2020 Resolutions (see below).
Through programs like the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and CAPE Leaders Fellowship, CAPE is increasing representation from the writers’ room to the boardroom which will change what we see in our living room.
CAPE focuses on two critical access points: writers and executives. Writers, as content creators, have the power to shape our existing world and introduce us to new ones. In fact, some of the most powerful players in Hollywood -- Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy -- are all writers. Then creative executives are needed to green light and shepherd great stories through the production pipeline so we can get more AAPI stories and characters onto our screens. This creates an ecosystem where more AAPI actors, directors, and below-the-line talent have opportunities.
In addition to our 2 pillar programs, we also produce the #IAm Campaign, an annual docuseries highlighting Asian American heroes and pioneers in entertainment, sports, and more. CAPE also hosts numerous community-building events in the form of screenings, educational panels, mixers, and more, and as founding members of the #GoldOpen movement, CAPE also supports AAPI-lead film and television projects. More than just building a professional network, we are creating a community of artists, leaders, and supporters who want to see bigger and better representation for AAPIs.
All of CAPE's programming is run by a small but mighty team of two and a handful of dedicated volunteers. In addition to running CAPE's programs and all the day-to-day business that goes into running a non-profit, Michelle and Jess are often seen at screenings, panels, performances, plays, and other community events throughout Los Angeles. They are always looking for ways to support AAPI talent and execs.
Although the majority of our artists and leaders are in the Los Angeles area, our reach is global. American film and television shows have a global audience and are major players in how we see the world and each other. Your contribution today will allow CAPE to grow to the next level. In the near future, we hope to:
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