What is Kollaboration?
Kollaboration began as an arts and entertainment nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting positive and accurate perceptions of Asians and Pacific Islanders by providing a platform for young artists to showcase their talents. Founded in 2000 by Paul PK Kim, Kollaboration began with a single show in Los Angeles. Kollaboration now produces 15 shows across 13 cities in North America. Each year, Kollaboration involves hundreds of volunteers and performers, tens of thousands of live audience members, and millions of viewers online.
With increasing recognition of the Kollaboration name, Kollaboration is now expanding into marketing and artist management ventures in both the Asian American market as well as the general market. Despite the expansion, the talent competition shows remain the core of Kollaboration.
Kollaboration’s current mission and mantra is, “Empowerment through Entertainment.” In addition to encouraging the diverse talents of API youth, Kollaboration seeks to empower (1) API youth by providing them with a creative outlet and leadership training that serves as an alternative to gang-activity and delinquency for those at-risk, (2) API families by offering a platform for communication that bridges the gap between 1st generation parents and latter generation youth and (3) the API community at large, by raising awareness for other critical community issues and NGOs.