We caught up with one of our 2013 Grantees, the Dari Project, to learn a little bit more about the work they’ve been doing, and how the GAPA Foundation Community Grant has helped them with their mission thus far. If you like this post, please share it on social media (and please subscribe to our blog to get more updates about previous grantees, upcoming grant and scholarship deadlines, and more!).
What is the Dari Project?
Dari Project, is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent. By documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans, the Dari Project seek to build bridges among Korean American families, social networks, institutions and faith communities.
What inspired the creation of the Dari Project?
Dari Project came together because a group of LGBTQ Korean American friends were frustrated by lack of stories available on LGBTQ Korean American experiences and the lack of resources available for our families
What’s the coolest thing the Dari Project has done to date?
Finally publishing the first bilingual anthology of LGBTQ Korean American personal essays and art–a project nearly a decade in the making!
What impact has the GAPA Foundation’s grant had on helping further the Dari Project’s growth?
GAPA provided financial support to the project at a key moment when we were in the final stages and needed additional funds to make the book a reality. We see our book as real testament to community–virtually all of our funding came from individual donors from our communities our community-grounded entities like GAPA Foundation.
What’s next for the Dari project? Any big news or events the public should be aware of?
Like most LGBTQ Asian American organizations, Dari is volunteer-led and right now we’re figuring out what Dari 2.0 will look like now that we’ve finally published this long-awaited book.