Unfortunately, it took the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes during the pandemic to wake up Spokane's Asian Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (ANHPI) communities to stand united and work together.
Spokane’s United We Stand (SUWS) was founded in March 2020 and is the proud organization to host Lunar New Year Event and the Asian Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Day.
Spokane’s United We Stand was founded to stand up against the anti-Asian violence and rhetoric across the country that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Our purpose is to promote anti-bullying, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and toleration of all races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds.
The ANHPI community is made up of many different individual cultural groups, all with their own unique histories and stories. Our goal as an organization is using the arts to promote inclusivity, tolerance, and education of the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Culture, Heritage & Traditions.
SUWS is a 501-C3 Organization under the umbrella of The Family Guide.
Remelisa Cullitan is a local artist born and residing in Spokane, WA. They received their Bachelors in Fine Arts and Bachelors in Art History from Eastern Washington University.
They are biracial, whose mother has immigrated from the Philippines and father who was born in Texas but his family tree is of Irish/German descent. Remelisa lives with her wife of 10 years with their three lovely kitties.
You can find their public works over at the Black Lives Matter mural with the letter ‘E’ in Matter, and two signal boxes that can be found on the corner of Perry St and 10th Ave, and Francis Ave and Market St.
Their artworks range from sculptures, fiber arts, traditional mediums, and digital art.