Asian American Arts Alliance

Van Lier Fellowships


2018 Van Lier Fellowships in Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation

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The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2018 Van Lier Fellowships. This year, in its final iteration of a three-part cycle of fellowships, the Alliance will be recognizing individuals working in the categories of Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation.

The Alliance’s mission is to strengthen Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. In line with these efforts, it is the aim of the Alliance’s Van Lier Fellowships to develop early-career individual Asian American artists living in New York City. Created by the will of Sally Van Lier, the Trust carries out Edward and Sally Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs to provide education, training, or other support.

The Alliance will grant eight-month Fellowships to one early-career Asian American visual artist and one early-career Asian American visual arts curator, age 30 or younger, whose work shows outstanding promise. Applicants must indicate how professional and fiscal support will distinctly benefit their creative development. Each Van Lier Fellow will receive an unrestricted cash stipend of $12,000 and an eight-month Fellowship tailored in response to the unique needs of their practice. The Fellowship includes artistic mentorship with an established mid-career visual arts professional/curator, career coaching, and a range of technical support.

The Alliance will be administering an open application process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Van Lier Information Session on Tuesday, February 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Alliance's offices in DUMBO, Brooklyn. You may RSVP and learn more about this session at:


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2018 VAN LIER FELLOWSHIPS IN VISUAL ARTS:
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AT ALLIANCE "CASE STUDY"
PANEL CONVERSATION EVENTS

As part of the eligibility requirements for the 2018 Van Lier Fellowships, all applicants are required to attend at least one of two of the Alliance's "Case Study" Series of panel conversations on visual art in February/March 2018. The two panels include:

CASE STUDIES: SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location TBC. Please check back for updates on the location of this panel.


Social practice, cultural activism, and community-led art-making. These terms have become familiar to us, and have only become more popular in recent times, but what exactly do they mean? What are the means and the ends of socially engaged arts projects? What kind of issues are artists responding to and how? How can the work itself gain wider traction in the field? Join the Asian American Arts Alliance for a closer look at the socially engaged arts. Three artists will present their projects in a case study format and walk us through their projects’ underlying rationale, approach to working with communities, and desired impact. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the artists and a Q&A with the audience. Panelists include Tomie Arai (Project: Here to Stay with Chinatown Art Brigade), Sue Kong Ka (Project: ID Shop), and Zoey Martinson (Project: The Black History Museum According to the United States of America), moderated by Claro de los Reyes (Theatre Artist and 2013 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow). 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR "SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART" ON EVENTBRITE.

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CASE STUDIES: BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH CURATORS
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
CUE Art Foundation
137 West 25th Street | New York, NY 10001

What curatorial thinking goes on behind-the-scenes when visual arts practitioners plan exhibitions, special projects, and festivals? What aspects of personal identity come into play that frame a curator's point of view? What innovative approaches have they taken to expand the parameters of art-viewing through their projects, and how have they responded to today's social and political climate? Join the Asian American Arts Alliance And AN/OTHER NY for an in-depth look at a range of curatorial models, presented by three of New York's established and rising curators. Each of the curators will present their projects in a case study format, walking us through their planning processes, rubrics for artist selection, and their projects' impact on communities. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with the curators and a Q&A with the audience. Panelists TBC.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR "BEHIND-THE-SCENES" ON EVENTBRITE.

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2017 Van Lier Fellowships in
Music Composition & Music Performance

ROB RUSLI
2017 Van Lier Fellow in Music Composition
http://robrusli.website/

PAWAN BENJAMIN
2017 Van Lier Fellow in Music Performance
http://www.pawanbenjaminmusic.com/

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2017

Contact:
Soriya K. Chum, Manager of Public Programs
212.941.9280, ext. 3
schum@aaartsalliance.org

Asian American Arts Alliance Names
Second Year 2017 Van Lier Fellows

—$12,000 cash grants support two Asian American
early-career music professionals—

(NEW YORK)—The Asian American Arts Alliance has administered its second cycle of the Van Lier Fellowships in the categories of Music Performance and Music Composition. Pawan Benjamin is the 2017 Music Performance Fellow, and Rob Rusli is the 2017 Music Composition Fellow.

Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a $12,000 cash grant as well as a package of professional development opportunities that include artistic mentorship, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

The review committee, composed of respected leaders in the field of music, included jazz guitarist and record producer Rez Abbasi; singer and composer Kiran Ahluwalia; Lecturer in Music at Columbia University, Deborah Bradley-Kramer; opera creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs; alto saxophonist and composer Aakash Mittal; sound designer and composer Fitz Patton; Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Purchase College, Jenny Undercofler; Japanese taiko drummer a shinobue flautist Kaoru Watanabe; and 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Music, Du Yun.

“All of us at the Alliance could not be happier to welcome these two outstanding music professionals as this year’s Van Lier Fellows,” said Andrea Louie, executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. “Sally and Edward Van Lier were proud supporters of young talent, and Pawan and Rob will join an incredible roster of Van Lier fellows across the city whose careers were advanced over the past 26 years with the support of this eminent fellowship. The Alliance is proud to administer this program on behalf of the New York Community Trust.”

The Sally and Edward Van Lier Fund at The New York Community Trust has been underwriting similar fellowships since 1991 at such nonprofit arts organizations as New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The Trust carries out the Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs. To read more about the fund’s history, please visit: 

http://www.nycommunitytrust.org/CurrentDonors/HonoringourDonors/EdwardandSallyVanLier/tabid/341/Default.aspx

2017 Van Lier Music Performance Fellow Pawan Benjamin is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. He received his musical training at a young age in Madison, Wisconsin, receiving guidance and mentorship from jazz luminaries such as bassist, Richard Davis, Saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor, and AACM founder Roscoe Mitchell. In 2006 he left to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Since then, he has performed and recorded with musicians from around the globe, across genres from Jazz, Hip Hop, Nepali Folk, Indian Classical Music and beyond. Pawan has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Ranjit Barot, Taufiq Qureshi, Marc Cary, Rez Abbasi, Bill T. Jones and many others. Performance credits stretch across the globe at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Rose Theater, Celebrate Brooklyn, the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and countless other venues in between. http://www.pawanbenjaminmusic.com/

2017 Van Lier Music Composition Fellow Rob Rusli is an artist, film composer and rap music maker. He has written music for many films, including the feature film Good Game, which won Best Original Score at the 2015 IndieCapitol Film Festival, as well as two new feature films; Corridor Four, being released in 2017, and Moko Jumbie, which recently premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival 2017. He collaborated with artist Casey Tang on a Sinofuturist soundscape for his Untitled (Rivers)video installation at the Queens Museum and frequently collaborates with poet and drag performer Wo Chan. He composed music and sound design for Wo Chan's WHITE FLAG/WHITE FACE, and together they created I <3 U ALWAYS 4EVER, a performance art piece combining pop music, drag, and an emotional soundscape threading interviews with people of color about loss and separation together with music that premiered at BAM Next Wave Festival. He has worked on various experimental rap projects that have been featured on Tinymixtapes, Okayplayer, BBC6, Earmilk, Twitch, and Said the Gramophone. Through his most recent rap project, OHYUNG, he's released an EP titled Yellow Jesus, and performed at SOB's, Trans-Pecos, as well as collaborated with rapper Kool AD on his 2016 mixtape PEYOTE KARAOKE. Film music website: http://robrusli.com

Next year, the Asian American Arts Alliance will administer its last of a three-part cycle of Fellowships recognizing Asian American early-career artists, age 30 or under, who show outstanding promise in their fields. The 2018 Van Lier Fellowships will be dedicated to visual artists and curators.

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2016 Van Lier Fellowships in
Acting and Directing

DIANA OH
2016 Van Lier Fellow in Acting
http://www.mylingerieplay.com/


SEONJAE KIM
2016 Van Lier Fellow in Acting
https://www.jae-k.com/

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2016 PRESS RELEASE ON BROADWAY WORLD


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2016

Contact:
Ms. Cate Yu
Director of Public Programs
212.941.9280, ext. 3
cyu@aaartsalliance.org

Asian American Arts Alliance Names 2016 Van Lier Fellows

The Asian American Arts Alliance has launched its inaugural 2016 Van Lier Fellowships in Acting and Directing for early-career theater artists of Asian descent who are 30 and under and based in New York City. Ms. Seonjae Kim is the 2016 Van Lier Directing Fellow and Ms. Diana Oh is the 2016 Van Lier Acting Fellow. Ms. Kim and Ms. Oh were both selected in an open application process by a high-level review panel.

Each Van Lier fellow will receive a $12,000 cash stipend-an unprecedented amount dedicated to young Asian American artists-as well as a package of professional development opportunities that includes artistic mentorship with an established mid-career theater professional, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by a grant from Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

The review committee panelists, composed of respected leaders in the theater field, included Second Stage Associate Artistic Director Chris Burney, Artistic Producing Director and Obie- winning actress Mia Katigbak, Associate Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater Natasha Sinha, TCG Artistic and International Program Associate Jessica Lewis, Soho Rep Producer/Radical Evolution Co-Founder Meropi Peponides, former Ma-Yi Associate Director Suzette Porte, and Brooklyn Arts Council Grants and Services Director Morgan Tachco.

"The Alliance is proud to be offering this landmark opportunity for young Asian American theatre artists to be recognized at a critical time in their careers," said Andrea Louie, executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. "The Pew Research Center predicts that, by 2055, Asian Americans will be the largest group among people of color in this country, but we remain sorely under-represented in the arts today, particularly in the theatre industry. It's our hope that the Van Lier Fellowship in Directing and Acting will help, in some small but significant way, address race and cultural equity in the field."

2016 Van Lier Directing Fellow Seonjae "Jae" Kim is a theatre artist based in New York City, originally from Seoul, South Korea. She is currently developing Riot Antigone, a new Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of the Greek tragedy, in collaboration with the composer Erato A. Kremmyda. Her select directing credits include: The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place), A Midsummer's Night Dream (Rabid Bat Theatricals), Cloud Nine, A Perfect Wedding, Kafka on the Shore (Northwestern University), Moksori (Chicago Fringe Festival). Jae is the Programs Liaison at CultureHub, a center for art and technology co-founded by La MaMa ETC and Seoul Institute of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea. She has assisted at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Ensemble Studio Theatre among others and participated in Directors' Lab West 2016. BA: Northwestern University. jae-k.com

2016 Van Lier Acting Fellow Diana Oh is an actor, singer/songwriter, and theatremaker. She is the creator and performer of {my lingerie play}: 10 Underground Performance Installations in my lingerie staged in an effort to provide a saner, safer, more respectful world for women to live in that culminates into {my lingerie play}: Installation 9/10: THE FINAL INSTALLATION, an 80 minute concert-play of her original music with {my lingerie band} featured on People.com, The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Marie Claire Netherlands, on stage at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, and All For One. She is also the creator of Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE (terraNOVA Collective, soloNOVA), Hot Sauce Water, and Asian People are Not Magicians. She is One of Refinery 29's Top 14 LGBTQ Influencers, the first Queer Korean-American interviewed on Korean Broadcast Radio, a featured Playwright at the Lark, a Radical Diva Finalist, an Elphaba Thropp Fellow, and one of New York Theatre Now's Person of the Year. The Wall Street Journal and Upworthy call her "bad-ass." She acts on stage and film throughout NYC and thanks her badass community. {my lingerie play}: Installation 9/10: THE FINAL INSTALLATION will perform July 14 at 7pm at JOE'S PUB (tix: www.mylingerieplay.com).

The Alliance is administering a three-year cycle of Van Lier fellowships for artists in theater, music and the visual arts with support from the New York Community Trust. The 2017 Van Lier Fellowships (Cycle 2) will be dedicated to musicians and composers of Asian American descent.

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The Van Lier Fellowships are made possible through a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.

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