Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture
The K is Toronto’s premiere Filipino-Canadian arts and cultural facility. We are a gathering of hyphenates, empowering artists and entrepreneurs through positive and critical cultural identification.
Explore Culture. Enrich Potential. Eat Art.
Housed inside Toronto's uber muti-culty and artsy Kensington Market is Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture. As a youth-driven centre with an inter-generational sphere, we are a creative collective focused on the professional development of Filipino artists and entrepreneurs.
Filipinos are the fourth largest visible minority group in the GTA. That's 3% of Toronto's population. Since 2005, the K has established itself as a multi-disciplinary hub where mentors exhilarate artistic expression, professionalism and positive cultural identification into Toronto’s broader Filipino community. We explore performance, design, visual and literary arts, music, film and video by means of arts-based career mentorship, arts and cultural workshops and events.
Armed with an appetite for creative endeavours and community advancement, here at the K, we eat art.
Come. You eat now.
Thoughts about art and community:
KAPISANAN strives to create a space for young Filipino-Canadians to reclaim and explore the heart of their culture through the arts, to integrate our collective identity, and create a solid foundation for youth empowerment. For many of us, being immigrants (or from the 2nd, even 3rd generation) means assimilating into a a culture that doesn't leave room to acknowledge the wholeness of our experience. On one hand we are told that we are valued for our labour and ability to adapt; but without the richness of our experience, our potential remains invisible to many, including ourselves. Without acknowledgment of where we come from, we can never experience wholeness. This essence can't be fully expressed in political terms alone. That is why KAPISANAN focuses on the arts. Through the arts we provide a space that allows us to uncover and recognize the truth of our kasaysayan, or the truth of our history, legacy and story, by expressing it constantly through a diversity of artistic mediums.