Programs

Public Programs

Town Hall

Pitches, Presentations, and Potluck
Town Hall is the Asian American Arts Alliance’s cornerstone gathering for the Asian American creative community. Since 2009, A4 has brought together artists, arts workers, curators, producers, as well as professionals from nonprofits and other sectors, to share ideas, promote creative projects, learn about opportunities, and find collaborators. Town Hall nurtures and catalyzes the creative energy of our vibrant community by providing a regular, safe space for people to come together and be inspired.
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ConversAAtions

Community Discussions
A4’s ConversAAtions series is a platform for Asian American leaders and creators to inspire, inform, and connect members of our community. We discuss topics around issues of identity and the arts to encourage participants to share their thoughts and experiences, challenge us with new ideas, and offer suggestions for creating the reality we want to see. Conversations range from practical advice and sharing lived experiences to exploring creative concepts and ideas.
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Professional Development

Professional Development

Workshops and Roundtable Discussions
A4 offers a range of professional development programs that help create concrete pathways of access between artists, arts administrators, and cultural gatekeepers. Our workshops focus on diverse disciplines and provide opportunities for technical assistance, practical learning, and critical feedback from both experts and peers. Our roundtable series brings together established creative professionals with aspiring professionals to answer questions, provide advice, and create networking and mentoring opportunities in both artistic practice and arts administration.
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Fellowships & Awards

What Can We Do?

What Can We Do? (WCWD?) presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) is a micro-grant opportunity for artists looking to support the AAPI community in NYC with engaging, creative projects rooted in care. Honoring the power of art as healing, WCWD? invites artists with a desire to affect change in their communities to carry out a project, however small, within a two-month period, planting a seed that may grow beyond the program.

This program is made possible with support from the Asian American Federation.

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Van Lier Fellowship
For Visual Artists

The Van Lier Fellowship program aims to advance the careers and creative practice of Asian American artists living in New York City. This program supports early-career arts practitioners whose work shows outstanding promise in the fields of theater, music, and visual art to further develop their talent and to help establish them in the professional arts community.

With support from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund through the New York Community Trust, the fellowships provide a cash stipend, mentorship, and career development services. Created by the will of Sally Van Lier, the Trust carries out Edward and Sally Van Lier’s legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs to provide education, training, or other support.

Jadin Wong Fellowship
For Dance Artists

The Jadin Wong Fellowship recognizes an emerging Asian American dance artist whose work shows strong potential for greater achievement and who hopes to make a significant impact on the Asian American artistic community as a whole. The fellowship provides a cash stipend, mentorship, and career development opportunities.

This award is a tribute to the life and work of renowned Chinese American actress, dancer, and comedienne Jadin Wong (1913–2010), a pioneer and innovator of Asian American performing arts. The award is made possible by the Jadin Wong Educational Fund at the New York Community Trust, established to continue her dream of supporting aspiring artists, musicians, and and dancers of Asian descent.

The Bandung Residency

The Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) and The Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) are pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of The Bandung 2022 Residency Program, the first NYC-based residency intended to foster understanding and allyship between the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Black communities.

Inspired by recent events that have deeply impacted these communities, as well as the Stop Asian Hate and Black Lives Matter movements, The Bandung 2022 Residency is an opportunity to cultivate a dynamic safe space for changemakers interested in engaging in social justice discourse, restorative healing, location-based cultural activities, and expanding the narrative between communities. To deepen this transformative experience, the 3-month residency will combine facilitated learning exchanges with self-facilitated cohort meetings.

Wai Look Award

Established in 2011, the Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts is is given periodically to an Asian American who is making a significant contribution to the arts by demonstrating a commitment to outstanding service, advocacy, and/or leadership.

The award is a tribute to the life and work of Wai Look, who served on the Asian American Arts Alliance board of directors from 1999 until her death in December 2010. She spent most of her career in the arts, as an administrator and in artist services, and devoted herself to helping others. Ms. Look also strongly believed in the importance of volunteering, which was reflected in her personal, as well as professional life.