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Asian Arts Initiative hopes its SHARED SPACES 共享空间 will help artists and immigrants stay in Chinatown North

Asian Arts Initiative's June Neighborhood Crawl, which announced the launch of Shared Spaces. August 9, 2018 Category: FeaturedResultsShort
In 2017, arts and culture nonprofit Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) created a cultural plan for Callowhill and Chinatown North.

The result is a map of sorts, now called People:Power:Place, tracking cultural assets and examining how AAI can best engage with them; see the executive summary of its planning report here.

This summer, People:Power:Place launched its pilot cooperative facilities project, SHARED SPACES 共享空间, which connects neighborhood-based cultural groups with low- or no- cost residency, rehearsal or meeting space.

Neighborhood Project Manager Dave Kyu said via email that the project’s long-term goal is “to ensure that artists and immigrants will continue to have a presence in our fast-developing neighborhood.”

“Chinatown is unique in that it remains a cultural center for the Chinese community,” Kyu said. “We hope to build a program that provides neighborhood-based cultural groups access to underutilized community spaces in the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood.”

Kyu said AAI expects artists, cultural workers and cultural groups with strong ties to the neighborhoods and budgets of less than $100,000 to be involved in the program. An official program launch is expected for October.

SHARED SPACES is currently hiring for two positions: program facilities associate and program neighborhood outreach associate. (Applicants must be bilingual.)

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AAI recently announced its the new executive director, Anne Ishii.

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