// missfits fest – presented by collective blue x in bold company

missfits fest is a one day festival celebrating self-identifying Asian-American women in entrepreneurship and the arts produced by collective blue and in bold company.

The first ever arts and cultural festival of its kind, our goals are to bring visibility to self-identifying female Asian-American entrepreneurs and creatives, provide them with an opportunity to share and profit from their work, and build community starting in Austin, Texas.

Our first ever festival took place on February 10, 2019 with over 300+ attendees and a huge outpour of support from the community. You can read more about missfits fest and our team on Austin Chronicle, Spectrum News, #bossbabesATX, and Movers + Makers. We’ll also be sharing recap content and video soon.

As a three-woman team (two of us are freelancing full-time and one of us is juggling a full-time job), we’re taking some time to off to catch up on other areas of our lives, but we’re excited to imagine and expand programming for missfits starting in summer of 2019.

We believe this community needs more opportunities to connect with, learn from, and support each other, and we’re excited to explore what that can look like.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us at team@collectiveblue.co and inboldcompany@gmail.com. You can also support our work by signing up for our collective blue newsletter at the bottom of the page and by following us on social media.

instagram: @missfitsfest, @collective_blue, @inboldcompany | facebook: collective blue, in bold company | twitter: @collective_blue

Love,

Nina Ho, Regine Malibiran, and Kristina Gonzalez Sander

P.S. You can read the blog post recap here.


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// missfits fest 2019 run of show

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Venue: Native Hostel

// DAYTIME

2:30-3 PM: FOB (fresh off the breakdown): mental health in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community

Pavi Siva Dinamani and Namrata Sirur Singh, The 9to5 MisFits

Vi Nguyen, founder of Homads

Amy Tao-Foster, LPC, Diversity, Counseling & Outreach Specialist for UT CMHC, UT Center for Asian American Studies

Faria Akram, Brown Girl Magazine and formerly MannMukti

3:15-3:45 PM: Memoirs of a Gaysian: sexuality and gender identity

Jasmin Patel, health policy professional

Anna Nguyen, president of PFLAG Austin

Anita Obasi, founder of Unbounded Agency

Quỳnh-Hương Nguyễn, M. Ed., Assistant Director of the UT - Gender and Sexuality Center

Regine Malibiran, co-founder of collective blue

4:00-4:30 PM: To all the Asians I haven’t seen in movies: media representation

Joy Lin, comedian

Billionna Reyes, Chamorru-American actress and filmmaker

Rhianna Marie Chan, illustrator and graphic designer

Christine Hoang, Vietnamese-American writer, producer, and performer

Kiona, Ph.D., M.S., M.A, @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch

4:45-5:15 PM: How to tell your parents you’re not an engineer, doctor, or lawyer: pursuing a creative career

Heather Gallagher, photojournalist

Khanh Trang, co-founder and director of coffee at Greater Goods

Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP, owner of Red Velvet Events

Rekha Panda, founder of Raeka Beauty

Sophie Kwok, founder of Love Intently

// NIGHTTIME

5:30-6:30 PM: Live poetry and comedy hour

Thanh Bui
Nikita Redkar
Denise O’Young
Joy Lin

* 5:30-9:30 PM Food vendors *

* 6:30-9:30 PM Craft market *


6:30-7:30 PM: Musical performances

Melody Chang
Thanh Bui, Jennifer Phan & Huy Pham
Susanna Lee

7:30-8:30 PM: Bollywood workshop and DJ set w/ DJ Anupi

8:30-9:30 PM: DJ set w/ DJ Jeska


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// FAQs

1) why are you doing this?

collective blue’s mission is to create a homebase for diverse creators (digitally and in real life) and in bold company’s mission is to explore the truths of women of color.

While doing this work, we, as founders, have been walking our own journeys of defining what “home” means to us given our experiences as immigrant and first-gen Asian-American women. To us, where we belong lies somewhere between the best parts of American culture and our respective Asian cultures. Our “home” is ever shifting and at times contradictory, but we try our best to navigate with the tools we’ve been given.

As Asian-American women, we’re generally stereotyped as submissive, exotic, and better-suited for less creative work. We want to transcend these assumptions and honor self-identifying Asian-American women and their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit through a day long festival.

2) how do you demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and cultural equity?

Our goal is to be hyper intentional about inclusion through:  

  • featuring female Asian-American creators – visual artists, makers, comedians, entrepreneurs, musicians, etc. –  in our programming and providing them with an opportunity to be paid for their work

  • emphasizing visual representation of self-identifying Asian-American women of all ages, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds (Southeast Asian, East Asian, and South Asian) in our marketing and promotional material

  • employing Asian-American women as the event production team in order to authentically curate the experience of the festival

  • featuring panel speakers that are self-identifying Asian-American women of all ages, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds

  • promoting economic accessibility for university students through discounted / sponsored tickets

  • collaborating with other Asian-American organizations

3) how do I get involved?

as a community member…

you can signing up for our collective blue newsletter at the bottom of the page and by following us on social media.

instagram: @missfitsfest, @collective_blue, @inboldcompany

facebook: collective blue, in bold company

twitter: @collective_blue

as a collaborator…

please email us at team@collectiveblue.co and let us know what ideas you have!

as sponsor or partner…

please email us at team@collectiveblue.co and let us know what your goal is for wanting to get involved – supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives, general brand building and marketing, etc. – and any ideas you may already have. We’d love to better understand your perspective in order to propose a meaningful partnership if we’re the right fit.