Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at CPL

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage this May by exploring this year’s theme of Healing, Mourning, and Remembering with Chicago Public Library. We also encourage you to continue your own journey of healing, mourning and remembering beyond the month of May.


The Harmony of Korean Drum and Dance
2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, online
The Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago, formerly known as Global Pungmul Institute, is the leading Korean cultural arts group in metropolitan Chicago. This presentation will include traditional drumming and dancing with a presentation of The Harmony of Korean Drum & Dance.

Voices for Justice: Author Qian Julie Wang
6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, online
Author Qian Julie Wang (Beautiful Country) speaks with journalist Monica Eng as part of our Voices for Justice speaker series.

Explore other events for all ages, including cultural events, film screenings, book discussions and family events, such as:

Let Me Tell You: Stories of Asian American Authenticity
6 p.m. Monday, May 2, Bezazian Branch or online

May the 4th Be With You: Drawing Star Wars Characters with Justin Castaneda
1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, online

Let's Go to Story Time
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, Edgebrook Branch
For children ages 2 and older and their caregivers.

Voices for Justice: Author Dr. Anthony C. Ocampo
6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, online

Film Screening: Amigo (2011)
2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Blackstone Branch

Attend a program at the Maker Lab:

Make a Zodiac Shadow Puppet
Make a 3D Printed Incense Burner


Visit one of our exhibits across the city in May.

Color & Calm: Korean Traditional Painting Exhibition with 偶堂 Moon-Wha Park
May 1-31, Albany Park Branch

Moon-Wha Park, 偶堂 , a philanthropy, poet and artist who immigrated to America in 1975 from South Korea shows Korean traditional painting pieces in her exhibition, Color & Calm. Park has selected works for this exhibition especially a theme of healing, remembering and mourning to celebrate AAPIHM 2022. Park is a member of the Chicago Mook Mee Association and has had exhibitions at various galleries both in Chicago and in Korea including the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Paper Art by Kyung-Ja Kim
May 1-31, Avalon Branch

This exhibit features Korean paper crafts by Kyung-Ja Kim. The artist creates works such as pop-up cards, pop-up books and napkin arts by folding and cutting commonly found paper materials. To celebrate AAPIHM, Kim selected traditional colors and materials representing Korean culture.

Chicago Korean American Artist Association Exhibit
May 3-June 3, Budlong Woods Branch

The Chicago Korean American Art Association, since 1985, has been the leading organization of Korean American artists in the Chicago area. For nearly forty years, it has strived to demonstrate its unique modern art by combining traditional Korean art forms with its diverse experiences in the Chicago area and holding annual and semi-annual fine arts exhibitions of Korean American artists’ work across all media. Featured artists in this exhibit include: Harry Ahn, Sung Eun Hong, Linda Hyong, Massey Kim, Sung Ho Kim and Young J Lee.

Coloring Page

Print our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month coloring sheet or visit your favorite CPL location for a coloring sheet while supplies last.

Recommended Reading

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 for Kids
Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Month for Teens
Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Month for Adults
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage: Recent Highlights for Adults