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.
The Center supported planning and research for Asian Arts Initiative's 2008 Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscape, a series of site-specific art installations in Philadelphia's Chinatown intended to spur imagination and action toward positive change for the future development of this neighborhood. Building upon the first iteration of In/flux, which featured community-based installations surrounding issues of changing neighborhoods and ethnic identity, 2008 Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscape presented four public installations, realized with the participation of local community members. Funding from the Center enabled Asian Arts Initiative to undergo an intensive planning process, during which a curatorial advisory committee selected participating artists, who then attended a retreat with Chinatown neighborhood representatives to learn about their hopes and concerns. Following the retreat, the artists continued to establish relationships with community partners, conduct outreach workshops, and initiate local conversations.