Asian Arts Initiative

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Asian Art Initiative's multi-tenant art facility ribbon cutting ceremony on 11/4/11. Photo by Annie Seng.

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Asian Art Initiative's multi-tenant art facility ribbon cutting ceremony on 11/4/11. Photo by Annie Seng.

Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art. With a grant from the Center, Asian Arts launched Social Practice Lab, an artist-in-residence program that supports work made for and with the local community. The program builds upon Asian Arts Initiative's experience running Chinatown InFlux, a neighborhood festival of public art commissions. Resident artists in the Social Practice Lab have included Houston-based Rick Lowe (founder of Project Row Houses), San Francisco's Walter Hood (UC Berkeley), and Philadelphia's Dave Kyu. Asian Arts has also used Center support to fully develop and realize its three-story building as a multi-tenant arts facility where artists and organizations collaborate on projects at the crossroads of contemporary art and community engagement, and will begin a process in 2014 to explore community-engaged exhibition development.