Kapwa Organizing Insitute (KOI)

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CIRCA Pintig is poised to support the implementation of the Teaching Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act!
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Thanks to parent volunteers, teachers, and our community artists we successfully piloted our APAT Reader’s Theatre Project at Skinner Elementary School in Chicago. This was in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the vision was to have the students go deeper into learning about the Asian American experience. The program consisted of a one-hour basic integrated theatre arts workshop facilitated in the classroom by a veteran Teaching Artist, introducing four stories about the Filipino American experience.

The program culminated in an assembly presentation by the students themselves. The experience was supported by the work of the parent volunteers and classroom teachers prior to and after the classroom visits. Enjoy what the children had to say about their experience! Special thanks to Skinner North Elementary School located in the Near Northside of Chicago for welcoming us into their school and additional gratitude to Smita Garg (parent volunteer), Anne Shaw (parent volunteer), Abbey Castillo (4th-grade teacher), and Zach Schroeder (8th-grade teacher) for partnering with us — we are the model for how the TEAACH Act can have a positive effect in the classroom.

For more information about the TEAACH Act and for a list of FREE resources, including Professional Develop training, visit:


CIRCA Pintig’s work carries its 31-year legacy of the power of the arts to engage the community.We dedicate this work to stopping hate and violence in our communities and in support of the project AAP(I Belong):



Special thanks to ABC News reporter Will Jones for the feature:


Interested in partnering with us?

Contact Ginger Leopoldo, Executive Director at ginger@circapintig.org

This work would not be possible without the support of our community volunteers, artists, and organizers. Special thanks to our individual donors and funders: RESIST, Asian Giving Circle, and Asian Improv Arts Midwest. The APAT Reader’s Theatre Program was developed with the support of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, the Philippine American Foundation of Chicago, playwrights Rody Vera and Conrad Panganiban, Gayle Romasanta and Dawn Mabalon, and the youth of members of Lane Tech H.S.’s Filipino Club.