Asian Arts Initiative

Asian Arts Initiative Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center in Chinatown North. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at

Since 1993, the Initiative has proven to be a dynamic resource to the greater Philadelphia Asian American community through workshops, exhibitions, and performance. The Initiative engages the history, culture, and current-day conversations of Asian Americans and responds to the needs of youth and others for avenues for creative expression. Today, the Initiative touches thousands of people in the P

hiladelphia region as a recognized voice for Asian Americans. The Asian Arts Initiative is honored to have been recognized with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. To donate to the Asian Arts Initiative, please visit:
https://asianartsinitiative.org/join-initiative

We got a Mother AND a Baby on our side at ๐— ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—™๐—”๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—œ๐—”: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„โ€”AAIโ€™s Annual Benefit on Thursday, May 9, 6-9PM....
04/12/2024

We got a Mother AND a Baby on our side at ๐— ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—™๐—”๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—œ๐—”: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„โ€”AAIโ€™s Annual Benefit on Thursday, May 9, 6-9PM. Donโ€™t miss this one-of-a-kind event hosted by the ICONIC with delicious food by Phillyโ€™s newest Filipino kitchen Babyโ€™s Kusina + Market ()

๐— ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—™๐—”๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—œ๐—”: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ is a day of loving on all types of moms and fashion as we fundraise to support AAIโ€™s free, year-long youth arts education program. Come celebrate with us! Get your ticket today at the link in bio ๐Ÿ”—

Go ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š someone, perhaps yourself, to become a model for the AAI ANNUAL FUNDRAISER ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฎ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„, c...
04/04/2024

Go ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š someone, perhaps yourself, to become a model for the AAI ANNUAL FUNDRAISER ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฎ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„, coming up May 9, 6-8PM ๐Ÿ’•

We define MOTHERS expansivelyโ€”mamas, mom friends, work mom, bar mama, ball mother, or the final boss of them all: soccer mom. Motherhood transcends gender boundaries and expands our understanding of love, family, and relationships. The mom models will get a surprise gift basket, free fresh nail set + professional glam, and styling by Phillyโ€™s most iconic stylists to light up the runway at ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฎ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„!

Give the Mom in your life a day to get pampered, glammed and showered with the spotlight they deserve! Find nomination form and get tickets to the event at the link in our bio ๐Ÿ”—

Next week 4/3&4/7 โžก๏ธ Join us at AAPI Affinity Night and The Let Out at the ! ๐˜ž๐˜Œ๐˜‹ 4/3 6-11:30๐˜—๐˜” ๐—”๐—”๐—ฃ๐—œ ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜Join u...
03/27/2024

Next week 4/3&4/7 โžก๏ธ Join us at AAPI Affinity Night and The Let Out at the !

๐˜ž๐˜Œ๐˜‹ 4/3 6-11:30๐˜—๐˜”
๐—”๐—”๐—ฃ๐—œ ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜
Join us for a mini-night market featuring local AAPI vendors and light-food stands before and after the play โ€œThe Good Person of Setzuanโ€ (7PM) as we celebrate the AAPI community through art, dialogue, and more!

๐˜š๐˜œ๐˜• 4/7
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜
Following the performance of โ€œThe Good Person of Setzuan,โ€ join us for a panel discussion with Pauli Resse, Lindsay Smiling, and Justin Jain, moderated by Anne Ishii at 5PM. The panel will discuss the question of making โ€œgoodโ€ in the BIPOC theater community, whether through celebration of the victories in our cultural contexts, through unflinching narratives of repatriation and reparations, and the potential for dark comedy in movement building for racial equity.

This series of events is co-presented by and . Visit WilmaTheater.org for more information and tickets!

Nominate a mom, mamas, mom friends, work moms, and ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด to become a model for our upcoming annual benefit on Thursday...
03/21/2024

Nominate a mom, mamas, mom friends, work moms, and ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด to become a model for our upcoming annual benefit on Thursday May 9!!!

๐— ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—™๐—”๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—œ๐—”: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ is a day of loving on all types of moms and fashion as we fundraise to support AAIโ€™s free youth arts program. We define โ€œmomsโ€ expansively and that motherhood transcends gender boundaries and expands our understanding of love, family, and relationships.

Check out the link in our bio to submit a form to nominate moms and learn more about the event ๐Ÿ”—

MILFADELPHIA is BACKโค๏ธJoin AAI for our annual benefit as we celebrate the Moms in our livesโ€”our Mothers, Mamas, Nanays, ...
03/21/2024

MILFADELPHIA is BACKโค๏ธJoin AAI for our annual benefit as we celebrate the Moms in our livesโ€”our Mothers, Mamas, Nanays, Ummas, Mom friends, work Momsโ€”with a one-of-a-kind event, ๐— ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—™๐—”๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—œ๐—”: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ (๐— others ๐—œ ๐—Ÿove in ๐—™ashion) on Thursday, May 9 6PM!

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of styling competition, moms catwalking, and designer marketplace goodies! We will have an incredible mafia of stylists like Richmond Tan () and icons like , leading the night of festivities, to raise money for our free, year-long youth programs.

Everyone and their mother will be there! Get your tickets today at the link in our bio๐Ÿ”—or at our brand new website: asianartsinitiative.org

Open through MAR 30 โžก๏ธ ๐—” ๐—จ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ is a multifaceted project that unearths the vibrant history and the unique stage ...
03/01/2024

Open through MAR 30 โžก๏ธ ๐—” ๐—จ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ is a multifaceted project that unearths the vibrant history and the unique stage of the little known Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis, an international performance festival held annually in Iran from 1967 to 1977.

Curated by , this project has been exhibited across the worldโ€”including Dhaka Art Summit, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Asia Culture Center in Gwangjuโ€”and we are excited to co-present the US debut of this project in our gallery with

Make sure to come see the exhibition this month and check out the link in our bio to learn about related programs and get tickets ๐Ÿ”—

๐Ÿ’•SAVE THE DATE ๐Ÿ’•MAY 9 ๐Ÿ’•AAI SPRING BENEFIT๐Ÿ’•EVERYONE AND THEIR MOMS WILL BE THERE ๐Ÿ’•
02/23/2024

๐Ÿ’•SAVE THE DATE ๐Ÿ’•MAY 9 ๐Ÿ’•AAI SPRING BENEFIT๐Ÿ’•EVERYONE AND THEIR MOMS WILL BE THERE ๐Ÿ’•

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF THE BLUE DRAGON ๐Ÿ‰๐ŸŒ€We made a cute ASIAN holiday calendar you can stick on anywhere metallic all year lo...
02/10/2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF THE BLUE DRAGON ๐Ÿ‰๐ŸŒ€We made a cute ASIAN holiday calendar you can stick on anywhere metallic all year long! This calendar features an illustration of our building by Patrick, one of our Youth Arts Workshop students.

Make a $8 or more donation and receive yours in our own red envelope๐Ÿงง Or make a $24 or more donation to get the calendar + our MILFADELPHIA TOTE! Available this season while supply last. The donation link is in our bio or visit our brand new website: AsianArtsInitiative.org/donate

We wish you a happy and healthy new year and canโ€™t wait to welcome you in our space through another programming year ๐Ÿฒ

Our ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™จ project in radio episodes will be aired on , starting tonight at 5PM!!! Produced by , these episode...
01/31/2024

Our ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™จ project in radio episodes will be aired on , starting tonight at 5PM!!! Produced by , these episodes will feature stories and interviews about how we imagined an ignored patch of Phillyโ€™s streetscape and its passive ecosystem to serve as integral resources for the surrounding community, and how this narrative applies to the people who have migrated.

Debuting tonight, episode 1 will air on Wednesdays at 5PM and Episode 2 will air on Sundays at 5PM on until the end of February. Tune in and find us on the radio ๐Ÿ“ปโšก๏ธ

NEXT FRIDAY(2/9) at 6PM โžก๏ธ We are thrilled to open ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™š, a multifaceted project that unearths the vibrant his...
01/30/2024

NEXT FRIDAY(2/9) at 6PM โžก๏ธ We are thrilled to open ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™š, a multifaceted project that unearths the vibrant history and the unique stage of the little known Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis, an international performance festival held annually in Iran from 1967 to 1977.

At 8PM, following the opening reception, join us for ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ˆ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™†๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™– ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™„๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ, a program inspired by the Shiraz Arts Festivalโ€™s curatorial vision. This ticketed concert will showcase the rare and extraordinary connections and interplay between musical styles and instrumentations from Korea and Iran.

This exhibition and concert are co-presented with . Check out the link in our bio to get your tickets today and learn more about the performers!

Thereโ€™s still time to donate to our End of Year Giving Campaign, with all funds going towards  Batikh Batikh () Spring P...
01/26/2024

Thereโ€™s still time to donate to our End of Year Giving Campaign, with all funds going towards Batikh Batikh () Spring Programming. will host multiple screenings of Palestinian and Sudanese cinema, as well as the solo exhibition of local Palestinian artist, Yaqeen Yamani.

In an effort to continue supporting , AAI is providing a 100% match of donations up to $3,000. No offering is too small or too large, and every donation makes a difference towards the work that and its volunteer-led staff does.

If you feel inspired to support creative pathways for artists in Philadelphia fighting for liberation through art, please visit the link in our bio to make a donation. Thank you for your support!

Presented with , we are thrilled to open ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™š, a multifaceted project curated by Vali Mahlouji () that uneart...
01/16/2024

Presented with , we are thrilled to open ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™š, a multifaceted project curated by Vali Mahlouji () that unearths the vibrant history and the unique stage of the little known โ€œFestival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolisโ€, an international performance festival held annually in Iran from 1967 to 1977.

The Festival became most part forgotten after the 1979 rise of the Islamic regime in Iran, with the Festival banned and many of its archives destroyed, until Mahlouji set out to piece together the puzzle and reconstruct its history. Investigating the legacy of the Festival through three acts, ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™š brings together more than ten years of research and draws attention to Iranโ€™s proactive role in promoting intercultural dialogues in the 1960s and 1970s

Join us at the Opening Reception of ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™š on February 9 at 6PM, which will be followed by a ticketed concert, โ€œTraditional Music from Korea and Iranโ€ at 8PM. Check out the link in our bio to learn more about this exhibition and related programs!

Join us for a screening of the documentary ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™œ ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ, by filmmaker Karen Cho. The screening will be ...
01/04/2024

Join us for a screening of the documentary ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™œ ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ, by filmmaker Karen Cho. The screening will be at Chinese Christian Church + Centerโ€™s Vine Street Campus (1101 Vine Street) next Friday (1/12) at 6:30PM.

Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™œ ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ takes us into the lives of residents, businesses and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.

This is a free event and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion in English between Karen Cho and Philadelphia Chinatown activists, and a public Q&A. Register at the link in our bio at the earliest as spots are limited! This screening is hosted by The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation () and Asian Arts Initiative.

This year, in lieu of a traditional end-of-year giving campaign, AAI is directing our community members to give to artis...
12/22/2023

This year, in lieu of a traditional end-of-year giving campaign, AAI is directing our community members to give to artists in our community who are working on projects uplifting Palestinian art, supporting Palestinian land back movements and liberation, and creating spaces to build for a free world with a free Palestine.

is a pop-up cinema and gallery that centers South-West Asian North African (SWANA) women and q***r artists, and we are grateful and humbled to have partnered with them this year. We ask that our community members help Batkh Batikh reach their funding goal of $17,000 to support screenings and exhibitions that showcase SWANA and q***r joy outside the Western gaze; all additional funds raised will go to the .2

We are honored to be in community with artists fighting for justice and liberation, and urge you to join our initiative to protect creative pathways for all artists.

To donate, please visit the link in our bio.

CLOSING SOON โžก๏ธ Apply to a paid opportunity to connect with other writers and musicians about inspiring and thoughtful m...
12/14/2023

CLOSING SOON โžก๏ธ Apply to a paid opportunity to connect with other writers and musicians about inspiring and thoughtful music as part of AAIโ€™s Music Festival in 2024! Through this Workshop, we are looking to support emerging and established writers by inviting professional writers for coaching, and connect the cohort to our diverse music offering next year.

The application closes this Monday(12/8)! Learn more about this opportunity and apply at the link in our bio OR on our website: www.AsianArtsInitiative.org

We are grateful to have over 120 people come together in our space to learn about and support Palestine liberation and b...
11/17/2023

We are grateful to have over 120 people come together in our space to learn about and support Palestine liberation and build solidarity with one another. Thank you so much for joining us at the Artist Town Hall & Teach-in for Palestine Liberation this week + a massive thanks to our presenters for sharing your knowledge and calling us to action.

See our website to check out a resource page to learn more and support.

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CALL FOR WRITERS โœ๏ธ Apply to a paid opportunity to connect with other writers and musicians about inspiring and thoughtf...
11/14/2023

CALL FOR WRITERS โœ๏ธ Apply to a paid opportunity to connect with other writers and musicians about inspiring and thoughtful music that will be part of AAIโ€™s Music Festival next year! Through this Workshop, we are looking to support emerging and established writers by inviting professional writers for coaching, and connect the cohort to our diverse music offering in 2024. Any level of experience in writing about music is welcome and we strongly encourage submissions from those who identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color and/or LGBTQ+.

The deadline has been extended to December 18th! Learn more about this opportunity and apply at the link in our bio Or on our website: www.AsianArtsInitiative.org

Next Saturday (11/18) 2-4PM โžก๏ธ Experience the co-presentation of Eiko Otake ()โ€™s celebrated works across two venues! Led...
11/11/2023

Next Saturday (11/18) 2-4PM โžก๏ธ Experience the co-presentation of Eiko Otake ()โ€™s celebrated works across two venues! Led by the curators from (AAI) and (FWM), this intimate tour begins with AAIโ€™s presentation, โ€œA Bodyโ€, which features Eikoโ€™s lone body moving within different landscapes and absorbing what they hold. The group will then head down the street to FWM to experience โ€œDuetsโ€, which highlights Eikoโ€™s collaborative projects with artists of different races, identities, cultures, disciplines, and ages.

Limited slots available! RSVP at the link in our bio

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Join us at our annual Community Fair on the first Saturday of December (12/2) 12-4PM!!! Started as a small Craft Fair ho...
11/09/2023

Join us at our annual Community Fair on the first Saturday of December (12/2) 12-4PM!!! Started as a small Craft Fair hosted by our Youth Arts Workshop students and staff 8 years ago, the Community Fair has grown to become a staple annual event at AAI, bringing in many local artists, makers, food vendors, and community members together. Bring your family and friends to this unique holiday market experience and support our Youth Education Programs! Learn more about the Fair and RSVP to the event at the link in our bio

Join us at our bi-annual Artist Town Hall on Monday, November 13, 6PM โžก๏ธ For this iteration, we will feature invited pre...
11/03/2023

Join us at our bi-annual Artist Town Hall on Monday, November 13, 6PM โžก๏ธ For this iteration, we will feature invited presenters to speak about their work in the context of the Palestinian people's fight for liberation, sharing histories of anti-colonial resistance, and traditions of liberation. The program will also feature a teach-in led by Making Worlds Bookstore and Social Center () Our histories are tied together, and we hope this town hall will remind us of our shared struggle, and build solidarity across our many communities.

This event will take place in-person only at Asian Arts Initaitve. Find the link in bio or visit our website to register to attend the event.

Asian Arts Initiative stands with the people of Gaza and calls for the liberation of Palestine. As quoted by James Baldw...
10/21/2023

Asian Arts Initiative stands with the people of Gaza and calls for the liberation of Palestine. As quoted by James Baldwin and amplified by Shirien Damra (), the role of artists is to โ€œmake [people] conscious of the things [they] donโ€™t see.โ€ We stand with our artists who are speaking out against oppression, and amplify their voices in this moment. Find a list of resources on our website to support, which will be updated as we continue to fight alongside Palestine.

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Join us at the screening of โ€œNo Rule is Our Ruleโ€ at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival ()! This event will take ...
10/12/2023

Join us at the screening of โ€œNo Rule is Our Ruleโ€ at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival ()! This event will take place at the Black Box Theatre here at Asian Arts Initiative on November 4, 4-6PM.

โ€œNo Rule is Our Ruleโ€ is a story of a friendship between two independent female artists and the body memories each willingly carries. In January 2020, NYC-based interdisciplinary performance artist Eiko Otake () arrived in Beijing to visit Chinese choreographer and filmmaker Wen Hui. Eight years apart, Eiko was born in postwar Japan and Wen during the Cultural Revolution. They planned to visit each other to collaborate, but COVID-19 abruptly cut off Eikoโ€™s trip. The two continued their dialogue on Zoom, sharing past works to form a deeper understanding of their differences and similarities.

This screening will be followed by a conversation between Eiko Otake and Puerto Rican dancer, choreographer, video, and improv artist, Meriรกn Soto ()

Get your tickets today at the link in our bio

CALL FOR VENDORS ๐Ÿ“ข We are looking for local artists, makers, shops, activity tables, and food vendors for our annual Com...
10/12/2023

CALL FOR VENDORS ๐Ÿ“ข We are looking for local artists, makers, shops, activity tables, and food vendors for our annual Community Fair, a holiday market and community event for people of all ages, on Dec 2. No tabling fees and vendors keep 100% of their proceeds. Learn more and find the vendor application form at the link in our bio โ˜ƒ๏ธ

Next FRIDAY โžก๏ธ Join us at a ๐ŸŒˆspecialโœจ book event with Curtis Chin () as we celebrate the launch of his new memoir, โ€œEver...
10/10/2023

Next FRIDAY โžก๏ธ Join us at a ๐ŸŒˆspecialโœจ book event with Curtis Chin () as we celebrate the launch of his new memoir, โ€œEverything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant.โ€ This conversation will be moderated by David Eng, writer and Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Program in Asian American Studies at UPenn.

From filmmaker and co-founder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop (), Curtisโ€™ memoir about coming of age and coming out traces the author's journey through 1980's Detroit as he navigated rising xenophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagan Revolution to find his voice as a writer and activist โ€” all set against the backdrop of his family's popular Chinese restaurant. The book, which features plenty of Chinese food and Motown vibes, will be published by and is โ€™s 36 most anticipated books of this fall.

RSVP to the event today at the link in our bio

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POSTPONED: due to the inclement weather, our Annual Block Party is rescheduled to the next day, SUNDAY (10/8) 2โ€“6:30PM a...
10/06/2023

POSTPONED: due to the inclement weather, our Annual Block Party is rescheduled to the next day, SUNDAY (10/8) 2โ€“6:30PM at the same location, Matthias Baldwin Park. We hope you can join usโ€” we will have the same robust and fun programs at the Party, just on a nicer, prettier day ๐ŸŒž

Invasive Species Urban Cypher Performances will be ON as scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday at 7PM.

Join us! RSVP at the link in our bio today!

THIS SATURDAY(10/7) ๐Ÿ‘‰ Itโ€™s time for our Annual Block Party ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Join us at Matthias Baldwin Park 2-7PM and enjoy an incre...
10/05/2023

THIS SATURDAY(10/7) ๐Ÿ‘‰ Itโ€™s time for our Annual Block Party ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Join us at Matthias Baldwin Park 2-7PM and enjoy an incredible Performance lineup curated by , delicious food offerings by Cookie Club, local arts & crafts vendors, and many family-friendly activities!!

Make sure to stay around for the evening performance program, URBAN CYPHER, a live performance of sound, augmented reality, and projection mapping by that will immerse you into the world of Invasive Species โ€“ an invitation to experience cross-pollination among urban plants, animals, humans, and their stories.

RSVP to the event now at the link in our bio

LAST CHANCE ๐Ÿ’ฅGet your tickets to see TENGGER tomorrow (10/3) evening!!! This โœจmagicalโœจ concert experience will take plac...
10/02/2023

LAST CHANCE ๐Ÿ’ฅGet your tickets to see TENGGER tomorrow (10/3) evening!!! This โœจmagicalโœจ concert experience will take place outdoors at the Pearl Street Viaduct, between 11th and 12th Streets on Pearl Street (enter from 12th Street)

TENGGER () is a traveling musical family, made up of Pan-Asian couple, ITTA (from South Korea) and MARQIDO (from Japan), and their son RAAI, who create their brand of psychedelic New-Age drone magic through the use of voice, Indian harmonium, and toy instruments and synths & electronics.

This concert is co-presented with . Get your tickets today at the link in our bio

Join us at the book event with Curtis Chin () as we celebrate the launch of his new memoir, โ€œEverything I Learned, I Lea...
09/28/2023

Join us at the book event with Curtis Chin () as we celebrate the launch of his new memoir, โ€œEverything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurantโ€

From filmmaker and co-founder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop (), Curtis Chin's memoir about coming of age and coming out traces the author's journey through 1980's Detroit as he navigated rising xenophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagan Revolution to find his voice as a writer and activist โ€” all set against the backdrop of his family's popular Chinese restaurant. The book, which features plenty of Chinese food and Motown vibes, will be published by and is TIMEโ€™s 36 most anticipated books of this fall.

RSVP to the event today at the link in our bio

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[3/4] photo by Michelle Li

โœจ๐Ÿช…PSYCHEDELIC DRONE MAGIC๐Ÿช…โœจwith TENGGER () next Tuesday (10/3) evening!!!!!!!!!TENGGER is a traveling musical family, ma...
09/27/2023

โœจ๐Ÿช…PSYCHEDELIC DRONE MAGIC๐Ÿช…โœจwith TENGGER () next Tuesday (10/3) evening!!!!!!!!!

TENGGER is a traveling musical family, made up of Pan-Asian couple, ITTA (from South Korea) and MARQIDO (from Japan), and their son RAAI, who create their brand of psychedelic New-Age drone magic through the use of voice, Indian harmonium, and toy instruments and synths & electronics. Co-presetned with Ars Nova Workshop (), this concert will take palace outdoors in the Pearl Street Viaduct, between 11th and 12th Streets on Pearl Street.

Door opens at 6, concert starts at 7. Get your tickets today at the link in our bio

We are calling for vendors and volunteers for our upcoming Block Party! This family-friendly neighborhood event will tak...
09/20/2023

We are calling for vendors and volunteers for our upcoming Block Party! This family-friendly neighborhood event will take place at Matthias Baldwin Park near 18th and Callowhill Streets on Saturday, October 7, 2-6PM. Check out the link in our bio for the vendor application form and feel free to reach out to us for volunteer opportunities!

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Connecting cultural expression and social change, Asian Arts Initiative uses art as a vehicle to explore the diverse experiences of all communities which include Asian Americans.

The organization grew out of a program started at the Painted Bride Art Center in 1993 in response to concerns about racial tension between African American and Asian American communities. Today, Asian Arts Initiative provides a wide array of programming to serve artists, youth, and our broader community of Asian/Americans. Through exhibitions, performances, and community projects, we provide an inclusive gathering place for conversation and exchange of ideas.

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