New Staffing and Operations

Asian Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, invested in new staffing and operations for its three-story, 24,000-square-foot facility. Renovations already made to the building’s ground floor have resulted in the creation of a storefront gallery, a black box-style performance space, and a media lab for video production. Asian Arts has hired a facility management firm to oversee building operations, as well as a facility manager. Additional legal, marketing, and administrative support have developed the space into a multi-tenant arts facility, where peer artists and organizations collaborate and work together at the crossroads of contemporary art and community engagement. Eventually, rental income gained from affordable workspace for up to 25 individual artists and as many as eight organizations will provide Asian Arts with the financial stability to more actively pursue and develop its own artistic projects. This project has helped Asian Arts Initiative to raise over $500,000 for the development of the third floor of its space, including grants from the Ford Foundation and ArtPlace, and a grant from the Kresge Foundation for maintenance reserves.1

Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.
Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 2001, Rena Zurofsky has been an independent consultant with three primary areas of specialization: as a strategic planner, a retail planner, and an interim director.

Grants & Grantees

Toby Twining is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Questions of Practice

Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ fundraising campaign for its Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project.

In the second segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he discusses his work throughout his residency period, including his role in the Center’s Push Me, Pull You project.

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai and a team of collaborators traveled to Japan to develop the dance/sound piece Izu House.

The concluding performance of Jamillah James’ AUX Curatorial Fellowship includes new dance performances by New York-based choreographer and dancer niv Acosta, and Philadelphia-based choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since the late 1970s, Danny Yung has established a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s most influential and pioneering artists.

Grants & Grantees

Settlement Music School is one of the country’s oldest and largest community music education organizations.

The College of Physicians commissioned the production of a new film, inspired by its Mütter Museum, by London-based twin brothers and filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay.

Grants & Grantees

Matt Saunders (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a multidisciplinary theater artist whose practice is rooted in set design.

Grants & Grantees

Art-Reach connects audiences with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts, serving as a conduit for those who want access to performances or cultural institutions.