Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month Celebration

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As a part of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, celebrated in May, the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) and Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) invites you and your whole family to our third annual AAPI Heritage Month Celebration!

This year, on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 11am-4pm, join us for captivating cultural performances, discover resources in the AAPI community, participate in our health fair, and explore the rich cultures of our diverse community. Enjoy kid-friendly activities and don’t forget to check out the free henna, free face painting, and the food trucks onsite! We hope to see you there!

Celebrate with us on Sunday, May 19th, 2024, 11am-4pm at Seneca Valley High School located at 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, MD

As a part of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, celebrated in May, the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) and Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) invites you and your whole family to our third annual AAPI Heritage Month Celebration!

This year, on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 11am-4pm, join us for captivating cultural performances, discover resources in the AAPI community, participate in our health fair, and explore the rich cultures of our diverse community. Enjoy kid-friendly activities and don’t forget to check out the free henna, free face painting, and the food trucks onsite! We hope to see you there!

Celebrate with us on Sunday, May 19th, 2024, 11am-4pm at Seneca Valley High School located at 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, MD

If you would like to request flyers for distribution in the community, please email Tammy Wan at tammy.wan@montgomerycountymd.gov

  1. When can I come to setup my table?
    a. Setup for vendors is from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Clean-up is from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
  2.  Can I sell food at my table?
    a. Due to County regulations around temporary food service licenses, you cannot sell any perishable items at your table. Selling pre-packaged foods is permissible.
  3. Can I sell other items at my table?
    a. Yes, you can sell other non-food items at your table, as long as you are representing a non-profit. Private sellers/vendors are not allowed. If you intend to sell something at your table, please send a description of your items for sale to Sanjana Quasem (Sanjana.Quasem@montgomerycountymd.gov) and Yi Shen (Yi.Shen@montgomerycountymd.gov).
  4.  Is there a cost associated with tables/booths?
    a. There is no cost associated with tables/booths.
  5. Is there access to electricity? Do we need to bring our own power strips?
    a. Yes, there is access to electricity. Please bring your own power strips and extension cords. Please inform Sanjana Quasem (Sanjana.Quasem@montgomerycountymd.gov) ahead of time if you need access to a power source. We will try our best to place your table near an outlet.

1. When should performers arrive and where do they go?
     a. Please try to arrive 20 – 30 minutes before your scheduled performance time. Upon arrival performers can check in at the Information Desk at the front of the cafeteria. From there, you will be directed to the dressing rooms or directly to the stage.
2. What time is my performance?
     a. Organizations signed up for the time that works best for them. Please also see the Cultural Performance Program for the full list of performances.
3. My performance needs music, will I have access to speakers?
     a. The high school cafeteria has a built-in audio system which we have reserved. We have also hired a media specialist for the event, so hopefully everything will go smoothly with audio. Please send your music file to Sanjana Quasem (Sanjana.Quasem@montgomerycountymd.gov) and we will have it loaded and ready to go.
4. What other audio equipment will I have access to?
     a. There will also be one wireless microphone and one wired microphone.
5. Is anything else needed for the performance?
     a. Yes, please send a 2-3 sentence description of your performance and/or your group. Be sure to mention which culture you are representing and the significance of your performance.
6. Can I invite family and friends to see my performance?
     a. Absolutely! This is a community event for all ages. Please invite as many people as you would like to the event. We welcome performers and their guests to join us for the entire event.
7. Are there changing rooms for performers?
    a. We have reserved two changing rooms for performers. You are welcome to use it before or after your performance. Please note it is a shared space with other performers. There is also a bathroom at the back of the cafeteria.

1. Does Montgomery County need any volunteers to help with this event?
    a. Yes, we are still looking for volunteers to support with the overall event logistics. If you know anyone interested in volunteering, please ask them to contact Tammy Wan (Tammy.Wan@montgomerycountymd.gov).
2. What time do volunteers arrive?
     a. There are two volunteer shifts: 8:30am – 1:30pm and 1:00pm – 6:00pm. Volunteers are also welcome to support for the entire event, or for part of a shift. We will need the most volunteers for the first shift starting at 8:30 AM before vendors arrive.
3. What tasks will volunteers be helping with?
     a. Volunteers will help with event logistics including: showing attendees the direction to the cafeteria, helping folks outside the building find the entrance, helping at the Kids Corner, helping at the Info Table, ushering performers to and from the stage and dressing rooms, and other support tasks.
4. Can high-schoolers volunteer for the event? Can they get SSL Hours?
    a. Yes, we welcome high-school volunteers. AAHI is designated to give out SSL hours to any high schooler who volunteers to support with the event.
5. Who do I contact if I know someone who wants to volunteer with the events?
    a. Please contact Tammy Wan (Tammy.Wan@montgomerycountymd.gov).

Volunteers will be able to earn up to 5.5 SSL hours. Please sign up here: https://forms.office.com/g/8pS6ggBxJg.

Thank you to our partners and their support for the 2024 AAPI Heritage Month Celebration!

  • Asian Pacific American Officers Committee (APAOC)
  • Chinese Alumni Associations of Greater Washington (CAAGW)
  • Chinese American Community Health Services (CACHS)
  • Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC)
  • Idara-E-Jaferia Inc.
  • Indonesian Muslim Association in America (IMAAM) Center
  • Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (KCSC)
  • Mangal Mandir
  • Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA)
  • Nepal Education and Cultural Center
  • Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan D.C. Inc. (PNAM D.C.)
  • Sri Lankan American Society for Health Inc. (SLASH)
  • The Cambodian Buddhist Society Inc. 
  • The Coordination Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCCAA)
  • Vietnamese American Services (VAS)
  • Wat Thai Washington D.C.

Maps

 

Scan the QR code to access the parking map for the event or click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Event Details

1. Is there a rain date?

  1. The event will be held indoors in the cafeteria of Seneca Valley High School, so it will be held rain or shine.

2. How long is the event?

  1. The event is open to the public from 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM.

Miscellaneous

1. I follow a faith that requires me to pray during the event time. Will there be a private place that I can do that?

  1. Yes, we have reserved a classroom nearby the cafeteria that will be a designated prayer room for any volunteers or vendors, if they need a space to pray during the event. Please bring your own prayer materials.

2. What food options are available at the event?

  1. We have two businesses that will be selling food out of the cafeteria kitchen, Peter Chang’s and a South Asian caterer. We also have two food trucks that will be onsite: Flavor Hive and Java Cove.

3. Is there an emergency contact on the day of the event?

  1. Yes, if you have an emergency on the day of the event and need to reach an event organizer, you can contact Yi Shen at 240-277-3684.

Parking

1. Will there be parking? Where do vendors park? Where can I unload materials?

  1. Event parking will be at the front of the school. Vendor parking will be in the back. There are doors in the back of the school that lead directly into the cafeteria. This will be easier for loading and unloading materials. To enter the vendor entrance and parking, please enter through the back of the school opening off Wisteria Drive. Near the vendor parking is a drop-off loop that leads to the cafeteria entrance door. Vendor parking overflow will be in the front of the school.

Past Celebrations

AAHI and OCP held their first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration in 2022 to commemorate the month with cultural performances, remarks from local leaders, community resource fair, amongst other activities. Click on the tabs to learn more about our previous AAPI Heritage month events!

AAHI and OCP held their first AAPI Heritage Month Celebration on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 11am-4pm at the Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Wheaton, MD. Attendees enjoyed cultural perfomances, a community resource fair, remarks from local leaders, and more!

In 2023, the second-annual AAPI Heritage Month Celebration took place on Sunday, May 21st, 2023 from 11am-4pm at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, MD. Attendees enjoyed cultural performances, a community resource fair, crafts and games for kids, remarks from local leaders, and more!