Asian American Arts Alliance



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.


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 City.

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
Visual/Interdisciplinary Arts
Golnar Adili
Hyemi Cho
Cecile Chong
Sonjie Feliciano-Solomon
Hong Seon Jang
Annysa Ng
Heeseop Yoon

Media Arts
Brian Chamberlain
Peilin Kuo
Bora Yoon

UAI Forum: The 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.


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.

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:

Asian American Film Lab
Award: $4,000
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
Award: $3,750
Project: To produce I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour, a time-travel play of love and war, written by Chiori Miyagawa.

Direct Arts
Award: $3,750
Project: To produce a full-scale theater production of Genny Lim’s Paper Angel, a play about Chinese detainees on Angel Island during WWI.

Garnica Leimay
Award: $3,500
Project: To produce Body Revolution, a new dance piece choreographed by Japanese Butoh master Ko Murobushi for emerging community dancers.

Award: $3,000
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.

Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater
Award: $3,500
Project: To produce an evening of four choreographic works by Kazuko Hirabayashi, including three reconstructions and a world premiere.

Parijat Desai Dance Company
Award: $3,500
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
Award: $4,000
Project: To produce the ninth annual Peking Opera Festival, with Peking Opera performances subtitled into Mandarin Chinese and English.

Rattapallax, Inc.
Award: $2,000
Project: To produce the English translations of Bengali contemporary poetry. Poems to be published in Rattapallax magazine.

Second Generation
Award: $3,500
Project: To produce TWELVE, a series of free workshop staged reading performances of twelve new one-act plays.

Yin Mei Dance
Award: $3,500
Project: To produce City of Paper, a mixed media and performance collaboration between choreographer Yin Mei and dancer Sang Jijia.

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