A Brief History of SEACHS
The Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society (SEACHS) was founded in 2009 to celebrate and nurture Southeast Asian arts and culture, raising the visibility of people of Southeast Asian ancestry in Canada. The group understands compassionate expressions of culture and arts as powerful mediums of knowledge and identity.
SEACHS brings together the community, celebrates traditional festivals in the contemporary world, supports diverse partnerships, fosters language learning, and serves as a lively platform for varied intercultural artistic creations, exhibitions, and circulations. These include traditional dance, music, and other expressive forms, as well as resonant contemporary expressions by Southeast Asian diasporic artists.
SEACHS is a resource and touchstone for a wide variety of Southeast Asian heritages in our community.
Embedded in all SEACHS work is our commitment to uphold an ethical and decolonizing cultural practice. We value the well-being of our community members and the protection of our ecological environment as we create, organize, and produce cultural events.
We celebrate compassionate expressions of culture and arts, as they are powerful mediums of knowledge and identity. And because thriving is a communal endeavor, we come together at the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society with the following aims:
To raise the visibility of people of Southeast Asian ancestry in Canada through intercultural, interdisciplinary and intersectional artistic creations, exhibitions and circulations.
To nurture traditional arts as contemporary and experimental expressions that reflect our experience and potential.
To support diverse partnerships which resonate insight about our heritage and ancestry within and beyond home communities.
Within these lines, is embedded a commitment to uphold an ethical and decolonizing cultural practice. We value the well-being of our community members as well as the protection of our ecological environment as we create, organize, and produce cultural events.
Loving-kindness, compassion, equanimity, and joy are fundamental values we seek in every project we initiate towards an inclusive, equitable, and diverse arts programming.