25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

May 3-6 Overview

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Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

 

Asian Arts Initiative advances racial equity and understanding, activating artists, youth, and their communities through creative practice and dialogue grounded in the diverse Asian American experience. Asian Arts Initiative was founded in 1993 as an initiative of the Painted Bride Art Center in response to racial tensions, especially between Asian American and African American communities highlighted by the Rodney King uprisings, and is now a multi-disciplinary arts organization located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood.

 

With curatorial guidance from Alexandra Chang, Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute at New York University, we will be commemorating this milestone in several ways.

 

25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend
Thursday May 3rd - Sunday May 6th, 2018

 

THURSDAY, MAY 3

Guided Bus Tour
featuring Activist Songbook
Pop-up performances led by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
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Đi thì không có đường về (Leave, then there is no way home)
Installation by Boone Nguyen
SEAMAAC Community Outreach Office
2108 South 8th Street

 

Peace Light
Installation and Performance by Sueyeun Juliette Lee with collaborative performance by Jungwoong Kim
448 N 10th Street, 2nd Floor

 

WATARIDORI: birds of passage
Installation by Rea Tajiri Opening Event
Rising Sun Night Market (aka Spiral Q)
3808 Lancaster Ave

 

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Activist Songbook
Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
In conjunction with Then and Now Opening reception, Asian Arts Initiative

 

Then and Now Opening Reception, 5 p.m.
Featuring live interactions with works by Shelly Bahl, Athena Robles & Anna Stein, Anula Shetty & Michael Kuetemeyer, and Saya Woolfalk
Asian Arts Initiative

 

Free Shuttle Bus from Asian Arts Initiative to Painted Bride Art Center
featuring Activist Songbook
Pop-up performances led by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis

 

Shyamali: Sprouting Words, 8 p.m.
Performance by Ananya Dance Theatre
Painted Bride Art Center
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Here To Stay
Projections by Chinatown Art Brigade in collaboration with Chinatown Youth Organizing Project
1013 Arch Street

 

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Activist Songbook
Pop-up Performance by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
Asian Arts Initiative

 

Center for Refugee Poetics, 12:30 – 6 p.m.
A Critical Conversation organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Asian Arts Initiative

 

Disappearance of the Red Chador: A Eulogy
Performance by Anida Yoeu Ali
Asian Arts Initiative

 

25th Anniversary Reception, 6:00 p.m.
With presentation celebrating Asian Arts Initiative’s history
Asian Arts Initiative

 

Saturday Showcase, 7:30 p.m.
Spoken word and performance curated by Michelle Myers
Asian Arts Initiative
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Shyamali: Sprouting Words, 8 p.m.
Performance by Ananya Dance Theatre
Painted Bride Art Center
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SUNDAY, MAY 6

Peace Light12 p.m.
Installation and Performance by Sueyeun Juliette Lee with collaborative performance by Jungwoong Kim
448 N 10th Street, 2nd Floor

 

Then and Now and ongoing (ex)CHANGE installations will continue to be on view.

 
 
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In addition

  • In Fall 2018, we'll release a special issue of the Asian American Literary Review highlighting Asian Arts Initiative’s history of programming and resonance with current issues facing our communities. This publication will also serve as a catalogue for the commissioned artworks and include a curriculum by Dan S. Wang and limited-edition pop up art by Colette Fu.
     
  • We're launching an interactive website in late 2018, which will include an inside look at the creation of the 25th Anniversary artistic commissions and document Asian Arts Initiative’s 25 historical years.

 

For more information and to get involved, please contact Jeannie Wong, 25th Anniversary Project Manager:  jeannie@asianartsinitiative.org