Asian American Arts Alliance

Think!Chinatown x ChaShaMa

Space to Present - Space to Create
@ 384 Broadway

July 2017 - March 2018

Call for Proposals

Think!Chinatown, in collaboration with the arts organization Chashama, is soliciting proposals to utilize exhibition space and artist work space at the ground level of 384 Broadway. (Presentations typically range between 1-3 weeks.) Think!Chinatown and Chashama will also install a 24-hour window projection featuring images from various archives of Asian American art.

We encourage artists, curators, and organizers to submit proposals directly to Chashama, through their “Space to Present” and “Space to Create” programs. Details can be found on their website,

There are two deadlines for applicants wishing to be considered for 384 Broadway: September 14, 2017 at 5pm, and December 4, 2017 at 5pm.

Please note that Think!Chinatown is not involved in the selection process. All proposals will be reviewed and selected through Chashama’s existing application process, i.e. considered alongside other artist proposals already on file with Chashama. Still, since 384 Broadway sits at the border of Chinatown and TriBeCa, Think!Chinatown seeks to help increase the representation of Asian American artists and themes of concern to our community. Therefore, Think!Chinatown and Chashama are actively seeking to solicit work that can:

  • highlight artists who have history in the Chinatown, Two Bridges, and TriBeCa areas, especially those who have been creating art here, and/or still create art here;
  • interrogate and explore themes of migration, immigration, neighborhoods, Asian American identity;
  • engage a broader community in the practice of creating and presenting art, especially across generational and community boundaries.

Please help Think!Chinatown make this an opportunity to build connections, open intergenerational and intercommunity dialogue, and increase the representation and visibility of Asian American artists and the themes that are important to our communities. Please share on Facebook!:

While all applications should be directed to Chashama via their website, please contact Think!Chinatown at if you have thoughts or suggestions. We look forward to hearing from artists, curators, and organizers, and to seeing you at the space!

Think!Chinatown was launched in 2016 by neighbors and community advocates to connect people and leverage resources towards building civic engagement in Manhattan’s Chinatown. We are committed to intergenerational learning, cultural production, and civic discourse.

ChaShaMa supports artists and nurtures creative communities in New York City, and beyond, by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to work and present. Since 1995, Chashama has revitalized over 80 properties, providing invaluable opportunities to more than 15,000 artists. Chashama empowers artists at any stage of their career with affordable space to create and present. Chashama also brings vibrant, artistic programming to audiences of all ages and backgrounds by annually presenting over 130 free, public events to diverse neighborhoods throughout  New York City.

Additional information from Chashama:

Applicants should be prepared to submit 3-5 images of work samples, a CV, and a $5.00 processing fee.

There are two deadlines for applicants wishing to be considered for 384 Broadway:
- September 14, 2017 at 5pm
- December 4, 2017 at 5pm

Additional Information can be found on


Chashama currently manages twelve presentation spaces around New York City. Through our Space To Present Program we give performers, visual artists and curators the opportunity to present their work in professional, highly visible venues at a wide range of locations. Spaces are made available at no cost to artists, who work in a variety of mediums including dance, music, theatre, performance art, fine art and multi-disciplinary fields. Chashama provides promotional support to increase audience awareness.

Our presentation venues vary from storefront windows and raw industrial spaces, to white box galleries and outdoor spaces. Chashama's locations are as diverse as the neighborhoods surrounding them, encouraging artists to think outside the box and engage audiences in exhilarating ways.

Presentations range between 1-3 weeks and Chashama programs our presentation venues continually throughout the year.

*All applications are kept on a waiting list to ensure that we provide every artist a fair chance to exhibit their works as space becomes available.

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