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.

References

Grants & Grantees

Benjamin Schachter is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a lifelong fascination with botany. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Grants & Grantees

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an internationally renowned artist residency program with an active exhibition program.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tim Grove is chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he oversees programming and works on exhibition and web development.

The Conservation Center for Arts & Historic Artifacts is one of the country’s largest non-profit conservation labs.

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko talks with us about promoting participatory audience engagement and dialogue-based programs in the context of a Native American museum.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jenifer Papararo was appointed Director of Artistic Programs at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Canada in November 2014. Papararo served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2015.

In part I of this short, two-part interview between Tate Modern curator Catherine Wood and choreographer Jérôme Bel, they discuss the concept of “amateurism.”

Sarah Sze’s installations, on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum through April 6, 2014, received recent media attention from WHYY’s Newsworks.

Grants & Grantees

Charles Burwell (Pew Fellow, 2008) creates abstract paintings, often times on a large scale, which are formally rigorous and visually stimulating.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art co-organized a multifaceted exhibition devoted to the art of Michelangelo Pistoletto, influential founder of the Arte Povera movement.

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai is a dance artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.