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

  • Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

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.



Come celebrate two publications highlighting Asian Arts Initiative’s history of community-influenced arts practice.

This fall’s Asian American Literary Review serves as a reflection and celebration for our 25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, providing a look at the commissioned projects, including: (ex)CHANGE, Then and Now exhibition, Saturday Showcase, and Center for Refugee Poetics, curriculum by Dan S. Wang, pop up art by Colette Fu as well as the reflections of Gayle Isa, our founding Executive Director.

What We Want is Here, 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. This new publication will include essays from Roberto Bedoya and Maria Rosario Jackson.

The gathering will include plenaries featuring artists, curators, and cultural workers reflecting on the themes of the publications, time to connect and reflect on our 25 years of community building, and a reception.

Schedule of Events

1pm - Welcome remarks

1:15pm - Neighborhood Programs Report to the Field Plenary and Conversation

2:15-2:45pm - Open Space*

3-4pm - Open Space / Breakout Session #1

4:10pm - Open Space / Breakout Session #2

5:15pm - 25th Anniversary Catalog Release Plenary

6-7pm - Reception (free and open to the public)

1-5pm -

  • Colette Fu’s Popup station

  • Mixtape listening station

  • Jenny Yang Video viewing station

  • Sharing/memory wall

  • What we want is here station- display and books

  • Library Corner - make your purchases of AALR here!

*Open Space - participant driven process where you can decide what the topics of the day can be

Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Free childcare will be provided, please sign up HERE by Friday, November 30, 5pm

(ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Support for Asian Arts Initiative’s Neighborhood Programs Report to the Field provided by ArtPlace America.