Asian Arts Initiative

Updated
1 Dec 2016

asian-arts-multi-tenant-facility-2011-02,jpg

Asian Art Initiative's multi-tenant art facility ribbon cutting ceremony on 11/4/11. Photo by Annie Seng.

asian-arts-multi-tenant-facility-2011-01.jpg

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 Unity at the Initiative, 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.