Asian American Arts Alliance

Alliance Arts Exchange

The Alliance's professional development series of panels and workshops helps to create concrete pathways of access between artists and such cultural gatekeepers as curators, artistic directors, and editors. The 3-part series – Alliance in Conversation, Master Class, and Portfolio in Practice – focuses on diverse disciplines and provides opportunities for peer discussion, practical learning, and critical feedback.  

The Alliance in Conversation program brings together members of the Asian and Asian American artistic and cultural communities. These forums, panels, and discussions provide a space to address the issues specific to our community, and to mobilize and empower.  Along with other organizations and leaders in the community. In the past years, the Alliance has hosted conversations about orientalism and yellowface, stereotypes, and writing as an Asian/Pacific Islander.

View the livestream of our 2016 Beyond Orientalism forum here.

Part info session and part workshop, the Master Class includes background and logistics of our awards and fellowships, and pointers on how to prepare a strong application. Master Classes not only help applicants strengthen their applications for our awards, but also provide enriching suggestions for other grant and award opportunities.

The 2016 Master Class was for our inaugural Van Lier fellowships in Acting and Directing.

The Site Visit Series is a pilot program that was launched in September 2016 for emerging and mid-career visual artists. A series of 1-hour site visits were curated for the fall/winter season. 

Visits to artist workspaces and residencies take place prior to application deadlines. The tour is given by the on-site studio programming staff. At the end of the guided tour of the studios/exhibits, there is a Q&A session between the studio staff and attendees. 

This is a great way to gain knowledge into visual arts programming designed for artists! Site visits have taken place with Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Upcoming: Times Square Arts and One Art Space gallery. More to come in 2017.

The Portfolio in Practice program invites leaders in the arts to review portfolios in the context of visual art opportunities at their respective institutions. This initiative is intended to promote increased engagement between New York's Asian American visual arts constituency and forward-thinking organizations. 2016 partner organizations include the Museum of Arts and Design, Wave Hill, The Center for Book Arts, The Bronx Museum, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Asian Women Giving Circle.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the June Portfolio in Practice! We'll see you next spring!

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