POW! – It’s the impact that art has on a person.
WOW! – It’s reaction that art has on a viewer.
Together they form POW! WOW!, which is a Native American term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art.
Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, creative community spaces, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The central event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and brings over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art. The festival is expanding to cities and countries such as Long Beach, Taiwan, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, Germany and many more.
We are inspired by Native American Pow Wows. They are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. This is a time method to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.
Pow wow singers are very important figures in the Native American culture. Without them there would be no dancing. The songs are of many varieties, from religious to war to social.
Learn more about Native American Pow Wows at www.powwows.com.
Jasper Wong, POW! WOW! Founder
Kamea Hadar, POW! WOW! Co-Lead Director
Dani Concepcion, POW! WOW! Long Beach Director
Julia Huang, POW! WOW! Long Beach Advisor
Brandon Shigeta, POW! WOW! Long Beach Advisor
John Pangilinan, POW! WOW! Long Beach Advisor
Tokotah Ashcraft, Pow! Wow! Long Beach Project Manager
Andy Song, POW! WOW! School of Music Long Beach Director