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About the Asian American Arts Alliance


The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and arts/cultural groups in New York City through funding, promotion and community building.


Founded in 1983, the Alliance was developed as a diverse network of artists, organizations, and individual supporters who believed that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community was essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations, and to providing a political voice for this community.


Today, with close to 1,000 members, the Alliance continues to collect and disseminate information for and about the extraordinarily vibrant and diverse Asian American artistic community of New York City. Our flagship monthly “Town Hall” brings together artists, arts workers and supporters, to share ideas, learn about opportunities and find collaborators; our lively “Brainstorm!” panel discussions bring to light inspiring case studies for rich dialogues about new models for creative enterprise; our interactive web site, with member profiles, calendar of events and forums is an online snapshot of the community in real-time; and our e-news, which goes to 6,000 e-mail addresses every two weeks, continues the Alliance’s long-standing tradition of issuing newsletters that help create the community and keep it actively informed.


Ravi S. Rajan, Board President
Artist/Musician, Associate Dean of the Arts and Director,
School of Art+Design SUNY Purchase College

Diana Lee, Board Vice President
Vice-President & General Manager,
Sojitz Corporation of America

Mark Swicegood, Board Treasurer
Financial Performance Analyst, ANZ

Lily J. Lu, Board Secretary
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Theodore Berger
Executive Director, NY Creates

Rockwell J. Chin
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
New York State Division of Human Rights

Athena Robles
Visual Artist

Eric Wong
Founder of Wong Management
Executive Vice-President, Marketing,
The Island Def Jam Music Group


The Alliance’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Alliance’s programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, Con Edison, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the CJ Huang Foundation. This organization has received funding from the 2012 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

  • MetLife Foundation


For more on the Asian American Arts Alliance, visit our website at www.aaartsalliance.org.