The Alliance works in partnership with funding agencies to regrant
funds to artists and art organizations. Each grant program has
guidelines and an application process, and grants are awarded by
independent panels of artists, arts administrators and community
leaders. Each year, we invite new panelists to review applications.
See below for a list of grant opportunities.
URBAN ARTIST INITIATIVE (UAI)
The Urban Artist Initiative/NYC (UAI/NYC) is a grants program for
NYC artists of all disciplines who self-define as artists of color.
In the past two grant cycles, the program has given over $200,000
to over 100 talented individual artists living in New York
UAI is spearheaded by a steering committee made up of
representatives of 6 organizations: Asian American Arts Alliance,
Amerinda, Bronx Council on the Arts, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York
Foundation for the Arts and Queens Council on the Arts.
October 29th, 2009 was the most recent UAI/NYC Grants Deadline -
Third Grant Cycle for Support for NYC Artists of Color. In the
first two grant cycles of the UAI/NYC grant program, 174 artists
have received a total of $276,000. This year, for the third grant
cycle, 34 Fellowships of $1,500 have been awarded to individual
artists for their artistic and professional development, in
accordance with the City’s demographics. The Alliance awarded 10 of
these Fellowships to NYC based artists that self-identify as Asian
American/Asian. Grants in this cycle were awarded only in the
visual arts and media arts.
Asian / Asian American Awardees
Hong Seon Jang
UAI partners have introduced a new online forum for NYC artist of
color to learn about opportunities, call for collaborators, find
workshops, exchange arts goods and services, and more! Check back
often to see new posts and replies.
With support provided by Leveraging Investments in Creativity
(LINC), the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Starry Night Fund of
the Tides Foundation, this initiative marks the third year of a
cross-discipline grant program developed specifically for NYC based
artists who self-identify their heritage as African, Latino, Asian,
or Native American.
SMALL ORGANIZATIONS ARTS REGRANTS (SOAR)
2008 JPMorgan Chase SOAR Grant
The Alliance has awarded grants to eleven New York City arts groups
through the JPMorgan Chase SOAR Program. Selected by an independent
panel of community leaders, the grants support music, theater,
literature, film, dance and interdisciplinary projects from groups
who identify as Asian American, or who are working in collaboration
with Asian American artists and on Asian American themes.
VIEW PRESS RELEASE
2008 UAI a4 Press Release.doc
From October 6–15, 2008, Alliance members and donors are invited to
vote for one of the grantees to receive an additional $2,000.
Congratulations to Second Generation
, the winner of the
Community Choice Award!
2008 JPMorgan Chase SOAR Recipients:
Project: To produce the 72 Hour Film Shootout, the fifth annual
72-hour competition for filmmaking teams nationwide to write,
shoot, edit and produce short digital films.
Crossing Jamaica Avenue
Project: To produce I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour, a
time-travel play of love and war, written by Chiori Miyagawa.
Project: To produce a full-scale theater production of Genny Lim’s
Paper Angel, a play about Chinese detainees on Angel Island during
Project: To produce Body Revolution, a new dance piece
choreographed by Japanese Butoh master Ko Murobushi for emerging
Project: To produce Save the Robots!, a dance named after the 1980s
radical culture nightclub in the Lower East Side, and that examines
gentrification and loss.
Project: To produce an evening of four choreographic works by
Kazuko Hirabayashi, including three reconstructions and a world
Desai Dance Company
Project: To produce Songs to Live For, a dance theatre piece that
investigates the music, lyrics and historical context of Hindustani
classical love songs.
Qi Shu Fang
Peking Opera Association
Project: To produce the ninth annual Peking Opera Festival, with
Peking Opera performances subtitled into Mandarin Chinese and
Project: To produce the English translations of Bengali
contemporary poetry. Poems to be published in Rattapallax
Project: To produce TWELVE, a series of free workshop staged
reading performances of twelve new one-act plays.
Project: To produce City of Paper, a mixed media and performance
collaboration between choreographer Yin Mei and dancer Sang