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Where to see Asian Pacific American Visual Art in NYC

Alwan for the Arts

Since 1998, Alwan has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East in New York and the tri-state metropolitan area. Alwan’s inaugural activities entailed screening evocative films in academic settings. These screenings evolved into a film festival that soon became the largest event of its kind outside of the Middle East. Since its founding, Alwan has continually expanded its programming, which now includes concerts, dance performances, academic book talks, poetry readings, panel discussions, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibits, as well as educational offerings in language, dance, and music. Alwan has grown into a cultural and aesthetic hub, curating up to 100 events each year.

Alwan for the Arts serves and engages the Middle-Eastern American communities and the broader public, by showcasing a broad range of events and artistic collaborations committed to enriching the cross-cultural encounter; and, casts a critical eye on current events and trends in arts and culture related to the Middle East and its diaspora, by building a community around the arts that encourages participation and dialogue and challenges assumptions about the Middle East.

The Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute

APA Institute connects New York’s Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) communities with students and scholars, promoting exchanges of knowledges to encourage change. Founded in 1996 in response to student interest, the A/P/A Institute nurtures the production of academic, literary, and artistic work about the largely marginalized experience of A/PAs. The building of collections and archives is a crucial component of this mission. Archives preserve physical documentation of the past. Scholars, artists, activists, and community members need access to the materials from which their present has been created. A/P/A Institute is facilitating the process of finding an accessible, permanent home for New York Metro region and East Coast A/PA materials. Our vision is to provide collections that allow for engagement with and dialogue about the experiences of A/PAs.

Filipino American Museum

The Filipino American Museum is a platform for artists of Filipino descent and for work that captures and contextualizes the Filipino experience in America. FAM is a fluid space for the active investigation and expression of ideas at the intersection of contemporary art, culture and community.

Museum of the Chinese in the Americas

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.


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