Mission Statement

The Asian Society of Arts [“ASA”] was formed in 2003 for the purpose of supporting the arts. Its primary function today is to assist foreign artists to establish themselves in the USA. ASA is a not-for-profit organization that has received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. ASA will attempt to hold exhibitions to showcase the work of foreign artists. ASA will showcase the work of all foreign artists who are approved by the Board members. ASA supports a broad range of artists and entertainers, including visual artists, performing artists, multi-disciplinary artists, graphic designers, animation artists, jewelry and accessories designers, set and lighting designers, photographers, and culinary artists. Artists are welcome to submit their work to contact@asanyc.org to be featured on the site. Featured artists are welcome to email ASA with news and updates of their work and exhibitions.

Koji EL Kamada – Founder & Artistic Director

elkamada@asanyc.org

EL Kamada was born in Japan. At the age of 20, he began to study acting at the Zen Hirano Seminar, with Mr. Zen Hirano who is a full member of The Actors Studio in New York. In Tokyo, he played roles in such famous productions as “Yabu-no-Naka” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “ Hanjyo” by Yukio Mishima, and “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, all under Zen Hirano’s direction. He came to New York in 1996 and studied ballet at the New York Conservatory of Dance with the late Vladimir Dokoudovsky, who cast him in the role of Pierrot in “Carnaval.” In January 2000, Mr. Kamada founded Faune Dance Troupe with Miho Maeda, who also trained with Mr. Dokoudovsky. Since 2003, Mr. Kamada has been involved in Japanese and Asian arts festivals and productions in New York City, allowing artists and performers to showcase their works in a variety of settings. Productions organized by Mr. Kamada have been selected as part of New York’s Immigrant Heritage Week which is coordinated by The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant

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