ATG is an innovative 501(c)(3) non-profit that functions as a charity and resource that gives voice to significant, relevant and untold stories in our community through a variety of platforms. In true spirit of the definition, ATG Against The Grain Productions, Inc. was founded to produce media and host events that promote awareness and unity of Asian American culture and identity, give a platform to emerging Asian American artists and provide inspiration to our community to think and act "outside the box."

2014 is heading off to a great start with our new A(TG) Team! We welcomed back a few ring leaders, switched around a few roles and introduced our new ATG Ambassadors (formerly Street Team)! We're excited for the dynamic combination of professional experience and skill this team will bring into the new year to help increase our visibility, reach and sponsorship base.

This year, we have built on our succeses and strengths by continuing to work with community partners to create greater impact and find ways to grow our organization's following. We will double our giving from last year - earmarking $22,500 in aid to our supported orphanages in Vietnam and Thailand, while expanding our reach to Cambodia and The Phiippines. We have also helped families right here in the U.S. by giving $10,000 in Artistic and Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarships, in addition to awarding $1,000 in Culture/Heritage Camp Scholarships for young adoptees. We will partners with schools and non-profit groups to share screenings of Operation Babylift around the globe to provoke meaningful conversation about identity and adoption.

With more than half the year behind us, we have successfully hosted our 3rd annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers and Shakers to provide our community with inspiration, mentorship and leadership. We have participated in culture festivals, spoken at leadership conferences, co-hosted film screenings and are continually give aid to our orphanages. We recently sent our team to present a workshop at Vietnamese Heritage Camp in Estes Park, Colorado. Next up, we'll host our 6th Annual Fashion for a Passion in Dallas, TX on November 1st, a charity event that promotes Asian American fashion, art and music talent. Please continue to be an active participant in our mission to achieve "One Voice. Many Stories." Why? #beCAUSE!