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 Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood, Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) uses art as a vehicle to explore the experiences of Asian Americans and the diverse communities of which they are a part. A multidisciplinary art center and community gathering space, AAI offers exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, and youth workshops that connect cultural expression and social change. Center-supported projects include Social Practice Lab (2011), an artist-in-residence program that supported work made for and with the local community; and Consumption (2013), a project with Rick Lowe to reimagine how an under-utilized alley behind AAI’s building could be transformed into a gathering place for the community. In 2017, AAI received Center support to present (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence, a citywide exhibition of six temporary public artworks, created by a multidisciplinary group of Asian American artists.