Asian Arts Initiative - Chinatown Projects

Chinatown Projects

In hopes to expand the reaches of influence Chinatown holds on the rest of the city, the Asian arts Initiative has commissioned several projects and installations that are placed in the city of Philadelphia. The idea would expand the influence the Philadelphia Chinatown holds on the community to create a more involved and aware city. The Chinatown programs are meant to change North Tenth Street in Philadelphia, PA from “Chinatown” to a cultural district for all people of Asian descent. These programs include Chinatown TM, a program that “celebrates food, commodity and identity;” Visionary Sightseeing Binoculars, a program full of multi-media workshops to artistically project Chinatown’s future; Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, an investigation of the “art of oral story telling” and Little Red String, a story telling and lantern making workshop created to tie Asian cultural roots to America. The programs are used to invigorate Chinatown’s pride in its heritage as well as instigate social and artistic activism.

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