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Brainstorm! Past Events

Past Events:



Spring 2012 Panel Discussion Series

Crowd-Sourcing: Building your audience through direct participation

It takes a village to raise a budget

Thursday, March 22, 6:30-8:00PM

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St) 
Subway: N R Q J Z 6 to Canal Street 

$10 General Admission, free for a4 Alliance+ members and MoCA members

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You have a great idea and the skills to make it happen. There's just one thing missing--the money! Luckily, you're surrounded by friends and supporters who want to help out. Join this discussion on crowdfunding and on getting your audience invested in your project from the beginning.

Based on the case study of cARTwheel Initiative's crowdfunding campaign by founder Ashok Sinha. With discussants Natalia Duong (artistic director, Project Agent Orange), Theresa Loong (director, "Every Day is a Holiday"), and Joyce Manalo (founding curator, FABnyc ArtUp and ArtForward). Moderated by Matthew Deleget (founder, Minus Space).





The audience as collaborator

Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:00PM

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St) 

Subway: N R Q J Z 6 to Canal Street 

$10 General Admission, free for a4 Alliance+ members and MoCA members

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Making art can be lonely. But when your project is based on audience participation, it can go from a solitary pursuit to a community dialogue. This panel will explore why and how to re-think the role of your audience, making them an active part of your work.


Based on the case study of We Walk, We Stop by director Jesca Prudencio. With participants Aaron Friedman (president & founder, Make Music New York), Melanie Joseph (artistic producer, The Foundry Theatre), and Samita Sinha (lead artist partner, The People's Potluck). Moderated by Athena Robles (visual artist).


BUILDING A MOVEMENT: Replicate your project in other cities

Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:00PM

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St) 
Subway: N R Q J Z 6 to Canal Street 


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How and why did Occupy Wall Street local chapters proliferate so quickly? Join us for a lively discussion exploring models of community building that have grown, spread and become movements. We will investigate new ways for community-based organizations to think about their impact.


Wendy BrawerGreen Map (local maps promoting sustainability, now engaging people of all backgrounds in over 800 cities in 64 countries)

Casey KelbaughSlideluck Potshow (slideshow & potluck gatherings, now operating in 40 cities around the world)

David KorenFIGMENT Festival (NYC-based participatory arts festival, which has now spread to three other cities in the U.S.)

Steven Randapexart (decentralized funding and support for dozens of arts exhibitions taking place in six countries.)

Wen-Jay YingLocal Roots NYC (community-supported agriculture project or CSA, bringing foods grown in local farms to nearby communities. Currently over 100 CSAs in New York City alone.)


Conversation moderated by Nico Daswani, a4 Program Director.


$10 General Admission, Free for Alliance+ and MoCA members



illustrations by Jinjin Sun




Thursday, December 1
6:30 -  8:00pm 

New York Film Academy
100 East 17th Street
(17th Street & Union Square East) 

Tickets: $10 General Admission, Free for Alliance+ members and NY Film Academy Students


You've spent hundreds of hours, and maxed out your credit cards, to make your great movie. Now what? Join a creative conversation with experienced filmmakers and producers on what it takes to distribute your film today. 


Based on the case study of "Scalp" by director and producer Paul Chau. With discussants Fay Ann Lee (director & producer, "Falling for Grace"), Henry Fernaine (executive producer, "Revolutionary Road"), and Socheata Pouev (director, "New Year Baby"). Moderated by Mridu Chandra (coordinating producer & post-production supervisor, "Women, War & Peace", and Adjunct Professor at NYU's SCPS Film, Video & Broadcasting Department).


co-produced with  New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy






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Brainstorm! Produce & Distribute Your Own Film from Asian American Arts Alliance on Vimeo.




Thursday, December 8

Asian American Writer's Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
(27th St and 6th Ave)
Subways: 1 2 N R F M

Tickets: $10 General Admission, Free for Alliance+ members and AAWW members

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Slaving away at your keyboard, a cup of coffee as your only friend, it's taken five years to complete your masterpiece. What's next? Join in this discussion on how to reach your readers.

Based on the case study of Stalina by 
Emily Rubin. Featuring panelists Ram Devineni (editor and publisher, Rattapallax), Inbal and Joshua Gould (co-founders, Writer's Out), and Dan Machlin (executive editor, Futurepoem Books). Moderated by Andrea Louie (executive director, Asian American Arts Alliance, and author, Moon Cakes).  


co-produced with the Asian American Writer's Workshop

Asian American Writer's Workshop

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Thursday, December 15

Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street
(b/t Broadway & Bleecker Sts)
Subways: 1 2 A B C D E F M

Tickets: $10 General Admission, Free for Alliance+ members

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You've finally got the entire band together to make the recording. It sounds so good. You've sent a copy to your mom, now what?
 Join in this lively panel discussion about getting your sound onto their iPods.


Based on the case study of DJ Rekha (DJ). With panelists Cristian Amigo (Guitarist & composer), Charles Baybutt (Founder, Curious Generation) and Andrew Ingkavet (Founder, 300 Monks). Moderated by Menon Dwarka (Director, Greenwich House Music School).

Greenwich House  

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Produce It Yourself: Film Festivals
Meet great curators and create a vision for your community

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 -  8pm, Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave, 2nd Fl (between 12th and 13th Streets)

Case Study: Korean American Film Festival New York's 2011 season, represented by Dave Kim, Festival Co-Director, andSusie Lim, Festival Co-Director.

Discussants: Lucila Moctezuma, Production Assistance Program Manager, Women Make Movies, Aroon Shivdasani, Executive & Artistic Director, New York Indian Film Festival; John Woo, Executive Director, Asian CineVision (Asian American International Film Festival).

Moderator: Amalia Cordova, Latin American Manager, Native American Film & Video Festival, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.



Produce It Yourself: Music & Dance Festivals
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6.30-8pm, Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St, between Bleecker and Bedford Streets

Turn your show into a festival!
Join us for a creative conversation about creating new networks of support to put you center stage. A cheese and wine reception follows.

Case Study: Erasing Borders: Festival of Indian Dance, represented by Prachi Dalal, Dance Festival Director.

Discussants: Julia Camagong, Co-Executive Director of Philippine Forum;  Aaron Friedman, Founder and President, Make Music New York; Jonathan Hollander, Founder, Downtown Dance Festival.

Moderator: Menon Dwarka,Executive Director, Greenwich House Music School

In co-production with New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Project
and Greenwich House Music School

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Brainstorm! Produce-It-Yourself: Music and Dance Festivals

Produce It Yourself: Art Exhibitions

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 6:30 - 8pm
White Box, 329 Broome St (between Bowery and Chrystie St)
Part of a4's Brainstorm! series of lively discussions on the artist as producer.

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle"
                       - Abraham Lincoln

Case Study: Tomato Grey artist collective's recent exhibition 18 Degrees of Acclimation at White Box gallery. Presented by Annysa Ng, Founding member of the Tomato Grey Artist Collective.

Discussants:  Paul Clay, Visual Artist, Founder of Cuchifritos Gallery & Co-Founder of Artists Alliance; Matthew Deleget, Artist and Founder/Director of MINUS SPACE; Radhika Subramaniam, Director & Chief Curator, Sheila Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design.

Moderator: Alexandra Chang, Arts Writer, Curator, and Director of Public Programs & Research Manager at NYU Asian Pacific American Institute.

Read case study and discussants bios here


Produce It Yourself: Tours
Part of the Brainstorm! series of events focusing on the artist as producer.
A discussion on self-producing a music and dance tour in the US and abroad.
December 9, 2010, 6.30pm, Cobi's Place

Case Study: NYC-based Gamelan Dharma Swara's 2010 summer tour to Bali. Represented by Vivian Fung and Andy McGraw.
Moderator: Rachel Cooper, Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts, Asia Society
Discussants include: Robert Browning, Executive and Artistic Director, World Music Institute; Tze Chun, Artistic Director, Tze Chun Dance Company, Martin Vejarano, Artistic Director, La Cumbiamba eNeYé

In co-production with New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Project

Produce It Yourself: Plays
Part of the Brainstorm! series of events focusing on the artist as producer
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 6.30pm
Where: Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, Sixth Floor (between 6th and 7th avenues)

A lively discussion about self-producing a play in New York City, based on the case study of playwright and director Anna Moench and her recent production of Gormanzee And Other Stories. Hear Anna receive feedback and advice from discussants including Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; Melanie Joseph, Artistic Producer, The Foundry Theatre; Rehana Mirza, Artistic Director, Desipina & Company; and Jorge Ortoll, Executive Director, Ma-Yi Theater Company. Moderated by Lloyd Suh, Executive Producer of Second Generation Productions. Be inspired, engage in the discussion and make new connections! Produced in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Click here for more photos>>

Brainstorm - Produce it Yourself: Plays from NYFA on Vimeo.

In co-production with New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Project

A discussion about teaching as a way to support an artist’s career, featuring the case study of Kaoru Watanabe, musician and founder of the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center.
May 6, 2010, 6.30pm

Video by David Court
Where: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, 35-12 35th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 11106

Speaker: Kaoru Watanabe is a practitioner of various Japanese traverse bamboo flutes, the taiko drum as well as Western flute. His music can be best described as an ever shifting blend of the folk and classical traditions of Japan with contemporary improvisational and experimental music.

Kamala Cesar, Bharata Natyam dance teacher & founder of Lotus Music and Dance -
Alice Mizrachi, artist, educator and co-founder of the Younity Arts Collective and community organizer -
Michelle Rae Pinzon, Executive Director, Capoeira Center of New York -

In co-production with New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Project and Queens Council on the Arts.

Selling Work Online
A discussion on how artists can develop a web presence to generate sales, featuring the case study of Chanel Kennebrew, artist and founder of
March 18, 2010
Video by David Court
Where: Alliance/NYFA office, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740 in DUMBO, Brooklyn (F train to York St)

Speaker:Chanel Kennebrew, Artist and founder of Chanel Kennebrew is an artist from Inglewood, CA. Chanel currently does freelance illustration and runs Junkprints, a creative experiment focusing on using art as a catalyst to explore and maintain local economies through the design, manufacturing, and distribution of clothing and accessories.

- Matt Deleget, Artist & Social Media Expert –
- Anowar Hossain, Painter -
- Hidemi Takagi, Visual Artist -


In co-production with New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Project and Queens Council on the Arts.

Brainstorm! is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and Con Edison.

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