Asian Art Initiative's 25th Anniversary season hosts an exciting array of performances and exhibits for our neighborhood of Chinatown North as well as the rest of Philadelphia. Come experience and help us in continuing to create the community we have built for over two decades through the power of art.
Curated by Alexandra Chang
First Friday, May 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
In celebration of Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary, Then and Now includes an array of commissioned works by Asian American artists focused on exploring community-building and community-engaged arts with and within the Asian/American community in Philadelphia. The opening reception will feature live interactions with the work of artists Shelly Bahl, Athena Robles & Anna Stein, Anula Shetty & Michael Kuetemeyer, and Saya Woolfalk.
Installation by Boone Nguyen
Closing Reception and Artist Talk
SEAMAAC Community Outreach Office
2108 South 8th Street
Saturday, June 2, 3 - 5 p.m.
With images and sound from communities in South Philadelphia and Vietnam, Đi thì không có đường về is a multimedia installation about how cultural practices and collectivity can reclaim and transform spaces that have been subject to social, political and economic dislocation.
Projections by Chinatown Art Brigade in collaboration with Chinatown Youth Organizing Project
Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.
As a cultural collective of artists, media makers and activists, the Chinatown Art Brigade collaborated with Asian Americans United’s Chinatown Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) to design a visual platform that will amplify housing rights, gentrification and displacement on both a local and national level. Working in close partnership with The Illuminator, and through a series of community planning workshops, convenings and place-keeping walks, the project culminates in a large-scale outdoor projection celebrating stories of resistance and resilience in Philadelphia, putting a human face on gentrification and immigration, and generating a nation-wide response to this urgent issue.