Asian Arts Initiative

1/3: Asian Art Initiative’s multi-tenant art facility ribbon cutting ceremony on 11/4/11. Photo by Annie Seng.
2/3: Asian Art Initiative’s multi-tenant art facility ribbon cutting ceremony on 11/4/11. Photo by Annie Seng.
3/3: Hiroko Kikuchi and Jeremy Liu, Chinatown Orange, 2009. Site Specific public installation, paint, mixed media.

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.


Collaborators & Colleagues

James Voorhies is the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University where he oversees a contemporary arts program dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bruce LaRowe served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte from 1993 to 2013.

Grants & Grantees

Basekamp is a loose collective of artists and attenuated artist networks that produces, manages, and stewards projects outside of the art market and established arts institutions.

Grants & Grantees

Terrence Cameron is a musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968, a film by 1997 Pew Fellow Glenn Holsten, had its world premiere in Philadelphia in the fall of 2010 at the University of the Arts.

Grants & Grantees

Vox Populi presented a group exhibition with guest-curator Malik Gaines that explored various tactics for representing the complex, contradictory legacies of cultural difference.

Mural Arts’s A Love Letter for You was featured in the Guardian in 2011 as part of a collection of photos of the ten best street art works.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Mark Russell is the co-director of New York’s Under the Radar Festival, headquartered at the Public Theater.

The first film series on this scale dedicated to the sexual revolution, International House Philadelphia will present more than 40 commercial and underground films in early 2014.

In an essay for the monograph accompanying Pati Hill: Photocopier, Michelle Cotton, director of the Bonner Kunstverein (Germany), situates Hill’s practice within the conceptual art scene of the 1960s and 70s.

The Preservation Alliance promotes the importance and appropriate use of historic buildings and landscapes in the Philadelphia region.


Alien She is the first exhibition to critically examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, the widely influential but briefly lived global punk feminist movement.