Home – A Community-engaged Exhibition Planning Model

Asian Arts Initiative



Kimberly and Jonathan Stemler, Little Red String, 2009. Courtesy of Asian Arts Initiative.


Walter Hood, Pearl Street Furniture Build / Community Feast, 2013. Courtesy of Asian Arts Initiative.


Colette Fu, We are Dragon People, 2008. Courtesy of Asian Arts Initiative.


David Kyu, Write Sky. Courtesy of Asian Arts Initiative.

Challenging conventional notions of expertise while deepening its commitment to community-driven practices, Asian Arts Initiative will invite local community advocates and homeless people to organize a contemporary art exhibition on the concepts of home and homelessness. The methodology to be employed will be adapted from a successful community-based curating model utilized at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. The organizers will determine the exhibition's thesis, then research and select the art and artists to be included, and determine the editorial angle of all communications, including the project catalog. Professional art curators, including representatives from the Wing Luke Museum, will provide guidance during the project's duration as necessary, but agency will belong to the homeless organizers.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.