We’re proud to be co-sponsoring this event created by Asian Arts & Culture Center, Station North Arts District, and Central Baltimore Partnership.

The evening starts with Paul Kim, who will share a story about how his grandfather became the subject of one of the largest portrait murals in the states, painted along North Avenue in 2014 by German artist ECB as part of Open Walls Baltimore.

Iranian-American painter Nahid Navab and Indonesian master silk painter Nico Gozal, both featured in the Asia North online exhibition Tradition-Memory-Tranformation, will present their beautiful, intricate work inspired from their ancestral heritage and merged with contemporary culture and design. In between artists, Brown Rice and The Crown will share asian-infused food and drink recipes to make at home! We’ll also hear from Washington Samulnori director Sebastian Wang, who will play a sampling of traditional Korean percussion instruments. We’ll close out the show with award-winning musician Ellen Zhang on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument.

Mark your calendars for July 17th at 8:00pm!

Visit https://www.facebook.com/stationnorth/ at 8:00pm on July 17th and hit “play” on the top post to see the livestream!

See below for more details about our amazing artists!



Sebastian Wang

Sebastion is the director of Washington Samulnori which presents exciting folk rhythms of Korea with four percussive instruments: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong). The Korean words “sa” and “mul” mean “four things” and “nori” means “to play.” The samulnori repertoire integrates farmers’ band music (“nong-ak”) and ceremonial music. Tonight Sebastian will be performing a solo piece for us that explored traditional Korean percussive instruments!

Find our more: http://www.washingtonsamulnori.com/about.html


Nahid Navab

Nahid is an Iranian-American artist based in the Washington, DC area. Born and raised in Iran, she moved to the United States in her early thirties. A seasoned world traveler and profoundly influenced by Persian history and literature, Navab skillfully blends cultures from across the globe to create artwork infused with a synthesis of heritage and contemporary urban life. She will be showcasing a selection of her art along with a discussion about her work, followed by a Q&A.

Find out more: https://www.nahidnavab.net/


Nico Gozal.

Nico Gozal’s cross-cultural art training includes the Budihardjo School of Fashion in Jakarta, Indonesia as well as the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Tampa, Florida. Gozal draws his inspiration from elements of Central Java and Balinese traditional art and culture, including Javanese Wayang/shadow puppets, Javanese Batik motifs, and Balinese wood carving design. He hopes to bring a modern twist to Javanese and Balinese culture and introduce them to the rest of the world. He will be presenting images of his work, followed by a Q&A.

Find out more: https://nicogsilkart.com/


Ellen Zhang

Ellen has been playing guzheng for 8 years with her teacher, Xia Bing. She has performed at multiple locations such as Carnegie Hall, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, local senior centers, and many more. She looks forward to performing and introducing Chinese culture to those that may not be familiar with the guzheng.


The Asia North 2020 Exhibition has gone online at https://www.towson.edu/asianorth Read below for more info:

Asia North 2020: Tradition-Memory-Transformation

Twenty-five regional Asian and Asian American artists express, illustrate, and address the fusion of cultures, drawing from traditional art forms, memories of homeland, and more. Their works reveal different yet interconnected layers of experiences, histories and identities of artists whose cultural roots hail from China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan.

The online exhibit also includes a brief introduction to Baltimore’s first Koreatown and the Korean community in Greater Baltimore. Tradition-Memory-Transformation is part of Asia North 2020, a celebration of art, culture, and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore, especially the Korean history of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Co-produced by the Asian Arts & Culture Center and Central Baltimore Partnership with the generous support of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, TD Bank, and PNC Bank


Special thank you for support from William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Central Baltimore Partnership, Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, AA&CC Members, TU-BTU Presidential Priority, PNC Bank, WYPR, TD Bank, Johns Hopkins University, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities Committee, Baltimore Changwon Sister Cities Committee, Mike Shecter, Lane Harlan, Leandro Lagera, and Matt Steinberg.

Special thank you for research support from Ock Kyung Lee, Michelle Lee, Paul Kim, and Dale Dusman.

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