Hearts Open With Light:
Relationships In Today’s World

– 2019 –SUNMay 19
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Digital Tapestries, in collaboration with Asian Improv aRts Midwest, will hold a film showcase and panel discussion at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Sunday, May 19, at 11 am. Both the screening and panel discussion will explore how various identities and technological advancements influence all types of relationships (family, romantic, friendly, etc). It will explore the existence of various types of relationships through: the screening of three short films – “Aijo” , “Roots Grow Together”, and “Hearts Open With Light” – a panel discussion, and a response art activity.

The panelists will discuss issues involving identity, mental health and  relationships facing Asian Americans and students in the Chicago. The panelists will also discuss how the current sociopolitical climate and administration’s policies affect them.


Upon conclusion of the event, participants will be able to:

  1. Consider response art as a method for investigating personal factors that relate to the development and maintenance of relationships.
  2. Consider the role of relationships in our lives and society.
  3. Understand how the current sociopolitical climate and administration’s policies affect their lives and personal outlook.


Hart Ginsburg, LCPC

Psychotherapist, Filmmaker and Founder of Digital Tapestries

Sufyan S. Sohel, Esq.

Deptuy Director and Counsel for CAIR Chicago

Kristina Tendilla

National Fields and Campaign Manager at the Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Rooshey Hasnain

Clinical assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago

Tatsu Aoki

Adjunct Professor at SAIC, currently teaching Asian Identify in Film
Artist, Composer, Musician, and Filmmaker

Danbee (Deb) Kim

Korean American freelance designer and a teaching artist


Dr. Porter Green 

Psychologist, Gender Specialist


Gene Siskel Film Center Theater 2 | 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601


Sunday, May 19th

11:00am–11:30am: Light Reception and Music Performance
11:30am–12:10pm: Film Screening of Aijo, Roots Grow Together, Hearts Open With Light
12:10pm – 12:40pm: Panel Discussion
12:40pm – 1:00pm: Q&A
1:00pm – 1:30pm: Art Response Activity and Networking


FREE and open to the public, Asian refreshments and beverages included. Register at: http://www.heartopenwithlight.eventbrite.com

This workshop is presented as a collaboration between Hart Ginsburg/Digital Tapestries and Asian Improv aRts Midwest.