Asian Arts Initiative

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 557-0455
Fax: (215) 557-9531


The 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 racial and class backgrounds, 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 and film.

Recently relocated to a new facility, our 900-square-foot black box-style performance space includes a professional lighting grid and modular seating. We focus on Asian American artists and are open to all artists 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.

House Capacity: 100

Disciplines: Dance, Performance Art, Music, Theatre, Puppetry, Spoken Word, Multi-Discipline