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***We have filled up our slots for 90-second pitches! Please join us anyway for the presentations, community, and potluck. If you would like to get the word out about an upcoming event or opportunity, we invite you to do a 30-second micro-pitch at the end of the program, and please feel free to bring relevant material such as flyers, postcards, and business cards. ***


Join the Asian American Arts Alliance for our September Town Hall at Materials for the Arts in Long Island City, Queens!

This month, we highlight the visual arts with a slide-slam style line-up of 90-second pitches by Asian American artists. We'll also feature presentations by Maia Chao and Simon Wu, the Alliance's 2018 Van Lier Fellows in Visual Arts Practice and Curation.

6:30 PM: Doors open
6:45 PM: Pitches & Presentations
7:45 PM: Potluck

Town Hall is the Alliance's bi-monthly community gathering event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! We welcome artists of all disciplines (musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets, visual artists—anyone with a creative fire and joy for the arts), as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming projects, find collaborators, or discover new opportunities in a lively space. The catch? You have 90 seconds to deliver your pitch!

You don't have to pitch to attend—RSVP to enjoy refreshments, presentations, and the company of fellow artists! Learn more about previous Town Halls by visiting our Tumblr.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP required to pitch; RSVP encouraged to attend.



ABOUT THE FEATURED PRESENTERS

Maia Chao, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Practice Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI whose work—often playful and absurd—uses existing institutions and their systems as sites of social intervention and critique. Using video, performance, installation, and social practice, she is dedicated to art that models counter-institutions, alternative spaces, and redistribution. Her work has been shown at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Exposé Gallery, Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, Driveby Projects, and the Rhode Island Convention Center. She is slated to participate in Open Engagement (Queens Museum) and the Museum of Capitalism (School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts) in 2018. She recently co-founded a socially engaged artwork at the RISD Museum called Look at Art. Get Paid. with prospects to expand to a cohort of art museums. Chao is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship, and she recently completed a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. maiachao.com

Simon Wu, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Curation Fellow, is a Burmese American curator and graphic designer involved in collaborative art production and research. He has produced independent exhibitions at his own apartment, THINK!Chinatown gallery, and Parasol Projects. His most recent exhibition, Magical Girlz, brought together three artists to produce new work examining the way children make sense of the adult world. He currently serves as a Public Programs Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Program Coordinator for the Racial Imaginary Institute, for which he is part of the curatorial team for a recent exhibition at the Kitchen (On Whiteness, June 2018). He received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University in 2017, where his thesis, "Resistance performed: politics and aesthetics in Myanmar," was advised by Irene V. Small. simonwu.info

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) is New York City’s premiere municipal reuse center. A program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education, MFTA collects a wide variety of reusable materials from businesses and individuals and makes them available, free of charge, to nonprofits and government organizations with arts programming as well as New York City public schools. Friends of Materials for the Arts is the nonprofit partner that guides and supports educational programming, warehouse operations, programmatic initiatives and other goals of MFTA. materialsforthearts.org

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