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; 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; and (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence (2017), a citywide exhibition of six temporary public artworks created by a multidisciplinary group of Asian American artists. In 2019, AAI received a Project grant to present Active/ism, an exhibition and public programs that underscore the intersections of art, sport, and queer identity in the work of print artist and professional skateboarder Jeffrey Cheung.