Background: PLACE began with a 2009 de Young Museum artists’ residency curated by Cynthia Tom (then board president of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)). She posed a simple curatorial question to nine Asian American (AA) artists, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” Surprisingly, participants shared stories of deep trauma, incest, and violence.   Since then the program expand as a workshop series and multiple art exhibitions, most recently asSOMArts Cultural Center's Curatorial Awardee 2015.
Most recently, thanks to partial funding from San Francisco Arts Commission , PLACE expanded to its current 6-month workshop format.  Alumnae include Asian, Latina, African American and Caucasian women, attracting mainly social service providers in need of healing.

 PLACE, first created to address the AA culture of silencing women is now open to all WOC and fills a much-needed space of a WOC artistic leadership model for healing and growth.
Goals: A PLACE OF HER OWN™ aims to build individual strength  and community leadership amongst women of color, through experiential workshops, exhibitions, and other platforms for community dialogue.   
 PLACE provides tools for individual internal research to develop intuition, confidence, and leadership while building community in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Photos by Cris Matos, Reiko Fujii and Cynthia Tom
Top Right: Susan Almazol at SOMArts 2015
Counterclockwise: Aligning Elevations draft idea-Manon Bogerd Wada  
Paz Zamora at Manilatown 2016, Manon Bogerd Wada installing Aligning Elevations at SOMArts 2015 and PLACE artists at SOMArts 2018,