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Finding aid to the Kularts Records 1986-2011 SFH 535
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Publication Righs
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Related Materials
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Kularts Records
    Date (inclusive): 1986-2011
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 535
    Creator: Kularts
    Creator: Kulintang Arts
    Physical Description: 3 cartons, 2 flat boxes, 2 pamphlet boxes (4.5 Cubic Feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Kularts has produced contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States since 1985. The collection contains a five year plan (1985-2000), production notes, educational program files including children's work, meeting agendas, letters of recommendation, some correspondence, brochures, posters, photos, t-shirts, and production recordings.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.
    The collection is available for use during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Righs

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
    All requests for permission to publish from photographs must be submitted in writing to the Photo Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kularts Records (SFH 535), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Donated by Alleluia Panis of Kularts on January 31, 2014.

    Related Materials

    Photographs have been transferred to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection.

    Administrative History

    Founded in 1985, Kulintang Arts, Inc., now known popularly as Kularts, presents contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States. Kularts' work makes the contributions of Pilipino Americans visible and creates room for cultural continuity and knowledge.
    The founders, musician Robert L. Henry, dancer Marcella Pabros, and choreographer/director Alleluia Panis chose "Kulintang" in honor of the ancient music tradition of Mindanao, Philippines. Its first office and rehearsal space was in the South of Market Cultural Center in San Francisco.
    Kulintang Arts's primary program was the work of Kulintang Arts Ensemble (KAE), a ten-member music and dance ensemble which presented contemporary work rooted in the indigenous Filipino traditions. Danongan Kalanduyan, a musician from the Southern Philippines, was KAE's resident artist and Kulintang music director/instructor (1985-88). KAE members included Musiban Guiabar, Frank Holder, Joey Maliga, Dana Nuñez, Anna Sun Foo, Frances Cachapero, Ric Serrano, Joshua Francisco, Daniel Giray, Sharon Sato, Jesse Bie, among others. Panis choreographed full-evening works: Ancient Rhythms/Urban Sounds (1988); Lm' Ehek: at the heART of the sharpenINg stONE (1989); Cycles: Timeless Rituals to Ancient Icons (1990); and Diwata (1993).
    KAE performed at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival from 1985 to 1990 and toured nationally and internationally; including the Dance Theater Workshop, New York; Lincoln Center, New York City; the Kennedy Center; the Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle; the Verona Jazz Festival, Italy; the Baguio Arts Festival, the Philippines; and the Asian Arts Festival, Singapore. KAE Music recordings include Fred Ho's 1988 album A Song for Manong, originally released by Asian Improv. Recordings released by Kulintang Arts Inc. include Ancient Rhythms/Urban Sounds; Kulintang Arts Live! In Concert with Jon Jang; and Cycles: Timeless Rituals to Ancient Icons.

    Scope and Contents

    Kularts (originally known as Kulintang) has produced contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States since 1985. The collection contains Kularts' five year plan (1985-2000), production notes and performer applications, educational program files including children's work, meeting agendas, letters of recommendation, some correspondence, brochures, posters, photos, t-shirts, and production recordings.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in 4 series: Series 1: Kulintang Arts Ensemble, Series 2: Community Engagement, Series 3: Promotion, Series 4: Recordings. Series 2 is further organized into Sub-Series 2.1: POMO (Post Modern Pilipino Performance), Sub-Series 2.2: Kularts Arts Education, Sub-Series 2.3: Kularts PMAIR (Philippine Master Artist in Residence)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Filipino Americans -- California -- San Francisco.
    Filipino American arts.
    Filipino Americans -- Ethnic identity.
    Kularts
    Kulintang
    Performance.
    Theater.
    Dance.