Who we are. The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.
What we do. The Asian American Alliance helps support individual artists and arts organizations access and share resources both online and in person. The Alliance builds community through programs that encourage peer-learning, collaboration, and professional development.
Town Hall: The Alliance's bi-monthly Town Hall has become a cornerstone event in New York City’s arts community. Asian American artists and organizations can gather and network to form their own strategic and creative alliances and actively market and promote their programs, events, and services to an interested, targeted, and strategically segmented audience.
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 series focuses on diverse disciplines and provides opportunities for peer discussion, practical learning, and critical feedback.
Fellowships & Awards: The Alliance’s newest core program for Asian American artists and arts administrators provides professional development coaching, as well as online learning and engagement opportunities for a wider audience. These opportunities include the Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts, the Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Dancer, and the newly launched Van Lier Fellowships program.
Civic Engagement: The Alliance advocates for the voices of Asian American artists to be brought forth at local, regional, and national levels in Asian American as well as arts arenas. Through this work, the Alliance serves as an informed, savvy “broker” of strategic partnerships between and among the Asian American, arts, corporate, and governmental communities and beyond.
The Alliance is a member of the steering committees of:
- The New York City Arts Coalition, which believes that public funding for the arts is essential to the growth, diversity, and freedom of our communities.
- The 15% and Growing Coalition is comprised of over 45 Asian-led and -serving organizations in New York City aiming for the state and city governments to have fair budgets that protect the most vulnerable Asian Pacific American New Yorkers. Coalition members employ thousands of New Yorkers and serve hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.
Also, read our 2008 12-month research initiative Asian American Arts in NYC: A Snapshot of Current Trends and Issues, looking into the well-being of artists and arts organizations in the NYC Asian American artistic community.
Our history. When it was founded 35 years ago, the Alliance focused on providing a safe space for Asian Americans to build community and share resources; in addition, for 15 years, the Alliance was a re-granter, administering nearly $800,000 to individuals and small groups. Today, the Alliance is positioned as a thoughtful and meaningful convener of the Asian American cultural workforce around issues of race, identity, and artmaking. Learn more about the Alliance's history here.
Our partners. The Alliance has garnered the support of major funders, including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, ConEd, the MetLife Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, The New York Community Trust, the New York Council for the Humanities, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the CJ Huang Foundation, the Asian Women Giving Circle, and others.
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