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2014-2015 Social Practice Lab

Upcoming Public Events

Meet the artists, learn more about their projects at these events:

  • Sunday, November 2nd: First Free Sunday at the Barnes [Meei Ling and Dave will speak about their respective projects at 1:00pm; they will also present demonstrations of their respective projects]
  • Friday, November 7th: Open House for Neighborhood Workshop
  • Friday, November 14th, 12:00pm: Community launch meeting for Scott Kip & Dave Kyu’s Untitled Message Board for Chinatown North. This is a closed meeting but community members interested in learning more about the project and/or getting involved may RSVP by contacting Nancy Chen, Public Programs Manager, at 215 557 0455 or via email at

Artists in Residence

About Social Practice Lab

Now in its second residency cycle, Social Practice Lab artist-residency series commissions and supports the work of creative individuals and organizations in the highly diverse, rapidly changing neighborhood of Chinatown North in Philadelphia. The goal of Social Practice Lab is to allow for experimentation with processes that combine artistic excellence and innovation with building relationships and effecting positive change within the community. We are especially interested in creative projects that address the issue of equity and access to power within Chinatown North and that foster opportunities for access and equitable development.

Starting in January 2014, we embarked on a residency with artist and co-founder of Houston’s Project Row Houses Rick Lowe that focuses on the social dynamics of Pearl Street, the alleyway that spans four blocks of our neighborhood. The multi-year residency with Lowe and the focus on Pearl Street are part of the larger vision of Social Practice Lab.

Click here to read about the 2012-2013 Social Practice Lab.

Asian Arts Initiative’s 2014-2015 Social Practice Lab is made possible with support from The Surdna Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding for Rick Lowe’s residency provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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