Asian American Arts Alliance

June Town Hall: Film, TV, and Digital Media

The Asian American Arts Alliance invites you to an afternoon of traditional Chinese performance. Join us at Conference House Park's Biddle House where Chinese Theatre Works will perform excerpts from traditional Chinese opera in a special outdoor performance complete with singing, dancing, and music. Following the performance, CTW will host an interactive artist demonstration in which audience members can engage with the performers. 

This event is free and open to the public — all ages welcome! RSVP is encouraged. 

Special thanks to Council Member Joe Borelli for his support of this program!



Conference House Park is easily accessible via the Staten Island Railway (near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal). For more detailed directions on public transportation, please visit here

Event parking located at: 
Conference House Park Visitors Center
298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island

Conference House Park is home to many historic landmarks and beautiful trails. Attendees are welcome to arrive early or stay after the program to enjoy the park's gorgeous scenery!


About Chinese Theatre Works

Created in 2001, Chinese Theatre Works is a Chinese theatre company dedicated to both preserving traditional Chinese performing arts, and creating new performance works that bridge Eastern and Western aesthetics and forms. Presenting performances in opera, shadow theatre, puppetry, dance, and music, CTW seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in audiences, artists, students, scholars and educators around the globe.

Chinese Theatre Works has won the highest honor in U.S. puppetry for its work Toy Theater Peony Pavilion, as well as a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA-USA. The company has also been featured at many festivals and conferences across the world. In 2009, the company's shadow puppet production Tiger Tales won three awards at the Shanghai International Art Festival, including Best Directing and Best Puppet Design.


About Conference House Park 

Conference House Park is a great destination for both park and history buffs.  Located at the southernmost point of New York State, this park houses four historic buildings that trace the history of the borough over the course of three centuries. The Conference House, the Biddle House, the Ward House, and Rutan-Beckett House all tell of a New York and an America of the past. 

A grand stone manor house built in 1680, the Conference House offers visitors breathtaking views of the Raritan Bay, the 265-acre park boasts a newly refurbished playground, a Visitors Center, expanded paths, and hiking and biking trails. The Conference House is owned by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, is operated by the Conference House Association, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of NYC.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


Come join the Asian American Arts Alliance's June Town Hall: Film, TV, and New Media on Thursday, June 21 at the New York Foundation for the Arts in DUMBO, Brooklyn! Lights, camera, action is the theme this month, celebrating Asian American filmmakers and organizations, including featured presenters Asian American Film LabAsian Cinevision, and actor/filmmaker Kana Hatakeyama, who will talk about upcoming projects.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required to pitch; RSVP encouraged to attend.

6:45 PM: Doors open
7:00 PM: Pitches & Presentations
8:15 PM: Potluc

Town Hall is the Alliance's bi-monthly community gathering event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! We welcome artists of all disciplines (musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets, visual artists -- anyone with a creative fire and joy for the arts), as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming projects, find collaborators, or discover new opportunities in a lively space. The catch? You have 60 seconds to deliver your pitch!

You don't have to pitch to attend - RSVP to enjoy refreshments, presentations, and the company of fellow artists! Learn more about previous Town Halls by visiting our Tumblr.


About Film Lab

The Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in film, television, and online entertainment media programming. Through our education and outreach programming, we connect filmmakers and provide seminars, screenings, opportunities to workshop scripts, and more. AAFL TV, our production arm, provides a platform for entertaining and innovative content that reflects the wonderful diversity and cosmopolitan makeup of the United States and includes the television series Film Lab Presents, hosted by Jennifer Betit Yen, and whose editors and directors have included Ryan Hayward, Jatin Chhugani, and Jodi Lin, among others. We also run the famous 72 Hour Shootout, an annual, high-profile filmmaking competition organized with the support of film festivals from New York to Los Angeles, through which we work to ensure that stories and voices too often silenced in mainstream media are heard -- not just as whispers, but as shouts to the world. Shootout filmmakers have access to mentorships and free educational and networking programming throughout the year.

About Asian Cinevision

Asian CineVision (ACV) is a community-focused nonprofit media arts organization, devoted to the development, promotion, preservation, and exhibition of Asian and Asian American film and video. ACV's annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans.

About Kana Hatakeyama

Kana Hatakeyama is a Japanese-American filmmaker and actor based in NYC. Her short film "okaasan (mom)" marks her directorial debut. As an actor, she has performed in critically-acclaimed plays in NYC and around the country, as well as in the Emmy Award-recognized Netflix shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black, the latter in a recurring role in its upcoming sixth season. Film credits include Split and Tape (upcoming) directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Deborah Kampmeier. Kana grew up in both Japan and the United States, and has also spent time living in France, Argentina, and Kenya. She is a graduate of Duke University. View the "okaasan (mom)" trailer:



(L to R) Maia Chao, 2018 Alliance Van Lier Fellow in Visual Arts Practice and
Simon Wu, 2018 Alliance Van Lier Fellow in Visual Arts Curation

Click here to download a PDF of the press release.

May 9, 2018


Anjali Goyal, Acting Executive Director
Asian American Arts Alliance
212.941.9208, ext. 5 | agoyal[at]aaartsalliance[dot]org

Asian American Arts Alliance Names Third Year
2018 Van Lier Fellows in Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation

$12,000 cash grants support two early-career,
Asian American visual arts professionals

NEW YORK, NY—The Asian American Arts Alliance has administered its third cycle of the Van Lier Fellowships in the categories of Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation and announces its 2018 Van Lier Fellows: Maia Chao for Visual Arts Practice and Simon Wu for Visual Arts Curation.

Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a $12,000 cash stipend as well as a package of professional development opportunities that include artistic mentorship, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

In addition to the selected fellows, the Alliance has selected five applicant finalists to receive Notes of Extraordinary Merit to acknowledge the caliber of artistic vision and value clearly demonstrated by the individual’s practice: Emily Chow Bluck, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Alice Yang, and Rosalie Yu in Visual Arts Practice and Danielle Wu in Visual Arts Curation.

Review panels of respected professionals in the field were selected based on their perspectives and experiences working with artists of diverse practices and cultural backgrounds. The review panel for Visual Arts Practice included Shane Brennan, Assistant Director of Program Development at the Trust for Governors Island; Sheetal Prajapati, Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works; and Kay Takeda, Senior Director of Artist Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation (formerly Vice President for Grants and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council). The review panel for Visual Arts Curation included Shira Backer, Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum; Gabriel de Guzman, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon; and Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass (formerly Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art). Both panels were moderated by Leslie Kuo, Assistant Director, Annual Fund at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, visual arts consultant, and board member at the Asian American Arts Alliance.

“The Alliance is thrilled to welcome these two outstanding emerging visual arts professionals as this year’s Van Lier Fellows,” said Anjali Goyal, Acting Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. “Sally and Edward Van Lier were proud supporters of young talent, and Maia and Simon will join an incredible roster of Van Lier Fellows across the city whose careers were advanced over the past 27 years with the support of this eminent fellowship. The Alliance is proud to administer this program on behalf of the New York Community Trust, supporting the Alliance’s mission to build a pipeline of talented artists of color and prepare them to be leaders in the field.”

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust has been underwriting similar fellowships since 1991 at such dynamic and barrier-breaking nonprofit arts institutions as New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The Trust carries out the Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs. To read more about the fund’s history, click here.

Maia Chao, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Practice Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI whose work—often playful and absurd—uses existing institutions and their systems as sites of social intervention and critique. Using video, performance, installation, and social practice, she is dedicated to art that models counter-institutions, alternative spaces, and redistribution. Her work has been shown at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Exposé Gallery, Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, Driveby Projects, and the Rhode Island Convention Center. She is slated to participate in Open Engagement (Queens Museum) and the Museum of Capitalism (School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts) in 2018. She recently co-founded a socially engaged artwork at the RISD Museum called Look at Art. Get Paid. with prospects to expand to a cohort of art museums. Chao is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship, and she recently completed a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Simon Wu, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Curation Fellow, is a Burmese American curator and graphic designer involved in collaborative art production and research. He has produced independent exhibitions at his own apartment, THINK!Chinatown gallery, and Parasol Projects. His most recent exhibition, Magical Girlz, brought together three artists to produce new work examining the way children make sense of the adult world. He currently serves as a Public Programs Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Program Coordinator for the Racial Imaginary Institute, for which he is part of the curatorial team for an upcoming exhibition at the Kitchen (On Whiteness, June 2018). He received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University in 2017, where his thesis, "Resistance performed: politics and aesthetics in Myanmar," was advised by Irene V. Small.


Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan­ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

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