Now at Kapisanan: NAVIGATION!

It's been a long time coming, but after much demand, Kapisanan and Darrel Gamotin have spawned Clutch's brother program, NAVIGATION: Program for Young Men!

Join this highly anticipated program in its very first year! NAVIGATION is looking for Filipino male youth to participate in this FREE program, which explores Philippine culture, history and identity through various disciplines under the mentorship of professionals. Check it out!

NAVIGATION is a FREE 6-month arts-based program for young Filipino male youth (ages 17-24 years) to start a dialogue with each other, hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their community, and tell their stories on their terms. NAVIGATION provides mentorship from professionals within the community and access to professional tools.

Use of equipment and facilities including art studios, still cameras, video cameras, computers (Mac platform), and necessary art supplies will be provided for FREE.

Program Components

NAVIGATION is an open-learning program that encourages the exploration of Filipino identity, culture, and history, intertwined with hands-on, technical and conceptual training in the following:

  • music / music production
  • photography
  • film / video / broadcast media
  • theatre
  • communication design (print and web)
  • creative writing
  • entrepreneurship / business of art practice
  • fashion design
  • retail / business management
  • visual arts
  • dance

Workshops are designed to explore the self in relation to family, peers, community, nation and finally, homeland.

Workshops will explore topics including but not limited to identity, culture, oppression, race, and each individual’s roles in society. The goals of NAVIGATION are to inspire critical thinking, promote self-confidence and empowerment, and provide the opportunity for participants to create their own space to learn and grow in their own way.

NAVIGATION aims to link participants with practicing artists, artisans, arts and media professionals for internships, one-on-one mentorship, and possible collaboration. Participants will be encouraged to develop a dynamic portfolio of work, which will be showcased in a public exhibit. Participants will be guided to take the lead in coordinating and organizing exhibits and events related to the program.


NAVIGATION begins March 2014. Workshops are held every other Saturday at Kapisanan (unless otherwise noted) until August 2014.

You can download the application form here. The DEADLINE to apply is Friday, February 7, 2014. EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 2014!

PRINT Applications: Hard copies of your application can be dropped off at 167 Augusta Ave, during office hours (Wed- Thu, 12-8PM). WEB Applications: Soft copies can be emailed to until 11:59PM on Friday, February 7, 2014.

We look forward to your applications and thank you, maraming salamat, for your interest in NAV!

For questions and other information about NAV, contact Darrel Gamotin, NAV Coordinator, at


Help enrich the professional development of Filipino male youth! A contribution of $75 to the NAV program allows a youth participant one hour of one-on-one mentorship with a relatable professional in the creative industry of their choice.

KAPISANAN is a safe, positive space which integrates an anti-oppression framework for young Filipinos to express their voices, exchange ideas and explore their roots together as an empowered community.