Congratulations Asian Arts Initiative – 25 years! and new Program Director, Carol Zou; Congratulations Philadelphia Art Alliance and University of the Arts on merger; Plus, Tattooed Mom’s 6th Annual Sticker Fest and Opportunities from Percent for Art and LoLa38

We have some people and arts organizations to congratulate in this News Post, plus a shout out to Tattooed Mom for this weekend's sticker art fest and a couple great opportunities for you.


Asian Arts Initiative turns 25, hires Director of Programs, Carol Zou!

Carol Zou joins Asian Arts Initiative in newly created position, Director of Programs
Carol Zou joins Asian Arts Initiative in newly created position, Director of Programs

Asian Arts Initiative is a community based arts organization in Chinatown North/Callowhill with a mission of advancing racial equity and understanding, activating artists, youth, and their communities through creative practice and dialogue grounded in the diverse Asian American experience.

The organization, which will enter its 25th year in 2018, has created a new position, Director of
Programs, to refresh it’s programmatic and artistic vision, grounded in community-engaged arts practice. Carol Zou is a Texangelena by way of the Chinese diaspora, now making her way to Philadelphia. Carol’s background and work intersects with much of the community-engaged practices of Asian Arts Initiative. Notable projects include: Trans.lation, an arts and cultural platform initiated by Rick Lowe (who completed a residency with Asian Arts Initiative in 2013) and commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center, located in the immigrant, refugee, African American, and Latinx neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Texas; Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective ranging from 20 to 500 crafters that creates public art through crowdsourced, participatory models; and Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state alliance of creative workers of color that highlights the need for diversity in the creative fields.

She is a 2017 inaugural University of Houston College of the Arts-Project Row Houses Fellow. Asian Arts Initiative is excited to welcome her to the Philadelphia community as well as to the organization.


In case you missed it, The Art Alliance merged with University of the Arts.

We hope it is a win-win! One positive by-product, we hear, is that Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery Director Sid Sachs’s exhibition, Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-Garde, a PCAH-funded archival exhibit of the art landscape in Philly from the 1950s through the1970s, will appear at the Art Alliance galleries (which showed avant-garde work back in those days) as well as be installed on the UArts campus.  Read more here.


In the street art and fun department, Tattooed Mom’s hosts 6th annual sticker art show!

Characters Welcome 6: An International Sticker Art Show is THE event for sticker artists to meet, exchange ideas & leave behind tokens of their amazing art on our walls, ceilings, floors, etc!

Characters Welcome celebrates the community of sticker artists by showcasing their best hand drawn and printed sticker art. Some photos from past Characters Welcome shows can be seen on our Instagram.

This collection displays stickers from first time artists right next to seasoned street art veterans, all are welcome at this show!

Boards with the compiled stickers as well as surplus sticker packs will be available for sale. We’ll have some very special raffle items and a few day of show surprises. 100% of ALL sales will go to benefit Fleisher Art Memorial’s Community Partnership in the Arts & the Village of Arts & Humanities. The event on Friday, Sept 15th from 7pm-2am is 21+ with valid ID. An all ages show will be on Saturday, Sept 16thfrom noon-4pm.

The creative exchange and collaboration of this show is at the very heart of what we love to do here at Mom’s! Love and good times, always.



LoLa 38! seeks vendors (artists, crafters, foodies) for Soul Farm Community Festival – Deadline to apply Friday, Sept. 15.

…We are looking far and wide (but really interested in those working/living in West Philly) for artists to participate in the Artist Flea Market.

With vending fee, each vendor receives a tented, 10×10 space (tables/chairs not provided). A special rate is being provided for business owners living/working in West Philly. All fees will be donated to support an arts organization serving Lower Lancaster Ave.

Application Deadline is this Friday, September 15th.

Through Soul Farm we will offer soul-stirring experiences within people through art, food, music and dance. LoLa 38 and its partners supports the economic growth of local business owners in the creative economy through the development of this temporary marketplace. We hope you decide to join us at the Soul Farm Community Festival. Complete information and application at their website.

Percent for Art Open Call to Artists/Requests for Qualifications – Deadline to submit – Sept. 26, 2017

Hayes Recreation Center
Project Budget: $13,000
Deadline for Submissions: September 26, 2017
Download full Call to Artists here

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Programthrough the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $13,000 competition to commission
a site-specific artwork for Hayes Recreation Center. This commission is part of the $1.3 million renovation at Hayes Recreation Center by Councilman O’Neil’s Office, the Bustleton Bengals Club, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

The Percent for the Art Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation seek to commission a high quality, original site-specific artwork that celebrates the life of Police officer John Marynowitz, as well as the Bustleton community. The north exterior wall of the Recreation Center, facing President’s Street, has been identified as the public art site. Presently, there is a mural honoring Officer Robert Hayes on the east wall of the existing building. More information, as well as a site visit, will be given at the Pre-Proposal Meeting.

Contact Public Art Director Margot Berg,; or
Percent for Art Project Manager Jacque Liu,