SAVE THE DATE: Shahzia Sikander Artist Talk
Oct
19
12:00 AM00:00

SAVE THE DATE: Shahzia Sikander Artist Talk

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October 19
Community College of Philadelphia - Bonnell Building
556 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Pakistani-born and internationally recognized, Shahzia Sikander’s pioneering practice challenges the strict formal tropes of Indo-Persian miniature painting by experimenting with scale and media. Join us as we unveil Shahzia Sikander’s The Perennial Gaze, commissioned by Asian Arts Initiative for the Pew-funded (ex)CHANGE project as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration.

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Idea (ex)CHANGE: A Symposium Celebrating 25 Years of Art and Community
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Idea (ex)CHANGE: A Symposium Celebrating 25 Years of Art and Community

with Asian American Literary Review
Saturday, December 1
Plenaries and Discussion Sessions: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Reception: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Join us for a symposium celebrating two publications that highlight Asian Arts Initiative’s history of programming and resonance with the issues facing our communities. This fall’s Asian American Literary Review serves as a catalog for our 25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, providing a look at the commissioned artworks, (ex)CHANGE project, as well as a curriculum by Dan S. Wang and pop up art by Colette Fu. Additionally, Asian Arts Initiative’s Neighborhood Programs Report to the Field documents our community programs from 2013-2018, and conveys lessons from the field at large through essays from Roberto Bedoya and Maria Rosario Jackson.

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Here To Stay - Closing Event
Jul
7
8:30 PM20:30

Here To Stay - Closing Event

  • Chinese Christian Church + Center, Vine Street Parking Lot (map)
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Projections by Chinatown Art Brigade in collaboration with Asian Americans United and Viet Lead
Chinese Christian Church + Center, Vine Street Parking Lot
Saturday, July 7, 8:30p.m.

As a cultural collective of artists, media makers and activists, the Chinatown Art Brigade is collaborating with Asian Americans United and Viet Lead to support their hosting of the national Grassroots Asians Risings Youth Summit in Philadelphia. Chinatown Art Brigade has designed a visual platform that will amplify issues of immigrant rights and the increased threats of ICE deportations and detentions on our immigrant communities on both a local and national level. Working in close partnership with The Illuminator, the project culminates in a large-scale outdoor projection celebrating stories of resistance and resilience in Philadelphia and nationally, putting a human face on immigration and generating a nation-wide response to this urgent issue.

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Đi thì không có đường về (Leave, then there is no way home) - Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Đi thì không có đường về (Leave, then there is no way home) - Closing Reception and Artist Talk

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.

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May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Peace Light

Installation and Performance by Sueyeun Juliette Lee with collaborative performance by Jungwoong Kim
448 N 10th Street, 2nd Floor
Sunday, May 6, 12 p.m.

 

Motivated by urgent issues of Korea’s well being and a desire “to bridge what happens on the Korean Peninsula and our lives here,” Sueyeun Juliette Lee's installation features a large-scale installation of lanterns designed by Kai Wei Hsu. A large weather balloon will float overhead, against which she'll project a video piece dedicated to crossing impossible spaces, connection, and peace. In collaboration with local choreographer/dancer Jungwoong Kim, the installation will be incorporated into a site-specific performance piece.

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Shyamali: Sprouting Words
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Shyamali: Sprouting Words

Ananya Dance Theatre
Painted Bride Art Center
Friday, May 4, 8 p.m. & Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m.

Inspired by the numerous movements for justice around the world and the courage of women who refuse silence and sustain communities against injustice, Shyamali explores how dissent against oppression fuels life force.

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May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Saturday Showcase

Saturday Showcase
Spoken word and performance curated by Michelle Myers
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

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Curated by Michelle Myers, the showcase will feature a range of performing arts from spoken word to hip hop, and be accompanied by a printed chapbook. Artists will create new works drawing upon current and relevant issues in our community and on a national/global scale.

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May
5
5:30 PM17:30

Disappearance of the Red Chador: A Eulogy

Performance by Anida Yoeu Ali
Saturday, May 5, 5:30 p.m.

Cloaked in a red sequin chador or “Muslim” headdress, artist Anida Yoeu Ali staged a series of public performances in seven cities around the world with Philadelphia planned to be the 8th city. As the chador was ‘lost’ with her luggage in Israel when she left Palestine late last year, Ali will hold a memorial for The Red Chador and install an altar where those visiting can leave items in memory of her.

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May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Center for Refugee Poetics

A Critical Conversation organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 – 6 p.m.

Come to the grand opening of a Center that doesn’t yet exist- a day of performances, workshops, film screenings, and more exploring the poetry and the refugee experience, with an initial focus on the Southeast Asian refugee diaspora.

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May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Activist Songbook

Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
Saturday, May 5, 12 p.m.

In Activist Songbook, composer Byron Au Yong and lyricist Aaron Jafferis explore how civil rights organizing and music intersect to inspire action and sustain the fight towards equity.

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May
4
8:30 PM20:30

Here To Stay

  • 1013 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)
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Projections by Chinatown Art Brigade in collaboration with Chinatown Youth Organizing Project
1013 Arch Street
Friday, May 4, 8:30 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.

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Shyamali: Sprouting Words
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Shyamali: Sprouting Words

Ananya Dance Theatre
Painted Bride Art Center
Friday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Inspired by the numerous movements for justice around the world and the courage of women who refuse silence and sustain communities against injustice, Shyamali explores how dissent against oppression fuels life force.

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Then and Now Opening Reception

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.

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Activist Songbook

Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
Friday, May 4, 5 p.m.

In Activist Songbook, composer Byron Au Yong and lyricist Aaron Jafferis explore how civil rights organizing and music intersect to inspire action and sustain the fight towards equity.

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May
3
8:30 PM20:30

WATARIDORI: birds of passage

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Installation by Rea Tajiri Opening Event
Rising Sun Night Market (Spiral Q)
3808 Lancaster Ave
Thursday, May 3, 8:30 p.m.

A collage across time and space, WATARIDORI: birds of passage is a multisite installation that activates real and speculative histories of the Japanese Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from US concentration camps during World War II

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May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Peace Light

Installation and Performance by Sueyeun Juliette Lee with collaborative performance by Jungwoong Kim
448 N 10th Street, 2nd Floor
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Motivated by urgent issues of Korea’s well being and a desire “to bridge what happens on the Korean Peninsula and our lives here,” Sueyeun Juliette Lee's installation features a large-scale installation of lanterns designed by Kai Wei Hsu. A large weather balloon will float overhead, against which she'll project a video piece dedicated to crossing impossible spaces, connection, and peace. In collaboration with local choreographer/dancer Jungwoong Kim, the installation will be incorporated into a site-specific performance piece.

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Đi thì không có đường về (Leave, then there is no way home)
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

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

Thursday, May 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.

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ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY!
May
3
to May 6

ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY!

Join us this May as we celebrate Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th anniversary with multi-disciplinary arts experiences across the city. Established in 1993, Asian Arts Initiative was founded as a response to community concerns about growing racial tension between African American and Asian American communities. Today, our work remains rooted in this initial concern and our programming centers around building community, promoting racial equity, and gaining greater cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

The celebration weekend includes:

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May
3
to Aug 17

Then and Now

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.

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Womxn in Asian America
Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

Womxn in Asian America

Womxn in Asian America
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Studio A
February 4 – March 25
Sliding Scale: $50-$200*

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This course, taught by Melissa Kapadia, examines the hxstories and lived experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander womxn (women, trans, and non-binary people) through readings of scholarly, narrative, activist, and popular texts; in-person conversations; film and other media; and explorations of our own lived experiences.

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