Asian Arts Initiative
Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and imagines and effects positive community change. We are working toward a just and joyous world where all people, regardless of their race and class, are able to view and create art that reflects their lives and concerns. We present all disciplines, including but not limited to dance, performance art, spoken word, theater, music, film and the visual arts.
Our multi-tenant arts facility includes our black box performance space with a professional lighting grid and modular seating; a 1,200 sq. ft. gallery space with 20-ft. ceilings and street front windows; multiple studio spaces that we rent to local arts organizations, both short-term and long-term; and a multi-purpose 2,300 sq. ft. event space.
We focus on Asian-American artists and are open to any artist willing and able to dialogue in a sustained way with our communities. We encourage artists to provide context to their performances through pre- or post- performance discussions, workshops or lecture/ demos. Our executive director and staff select artists with the assistance and expertise of volunteer artists and community members. We also organize exhibitions at public sites throughout Philadelphia. Asian Arts Initiative uses a combination of open call processes and invitations to artists.