Emoji Energy, 2013

Volta Studio partnered with the Asian Arts Initiative Youth Arts Workshop to create a public artwork that wraps a large section of the Callowhill Substation located at 11th and Callowhill St. Teens participating in the Youth Arts Workshop explored the history of electricity, electricity as a utility, electricity and the human body, and electricity as a creative metaphor.


SOCIAL PRACTICE LAB: Combining artistic innovation with community engagement, Asian Arts Initiative has launched our Social Practice Lab as a year-long artist-in-residency program with 11 creative individuals dedicated to exploring and enlivening our neighborhood in Chinatown North.

YOUTH ARTS WORKSHOP: By providing art-making opportunities and a safe space for Asian American teens and their classmates, we hope that teens will have a chance to explore and express their experiences and connect with others in their community.


Special thanks
Asian Arts Initiative staff: Executive Director Gayle Isa, Public Programs Manager Nancy Chen, Youth Programs Manager Ellen Hwang, and Youth Programs Coordinator Thao Tran

Asian Arts Initiative summer interns: Vongdeuane Long, Kelvin Doo and Jasmin White

PECO assistance from Ed Mcbride, Drew Davis and Stephen Dosovich

Youth photography assistance from Timothy Lee

Fabric Workshop screen printing assistance from Christina Roberts, Cary Zhao, Ryan Parker, and Shelby Donnelly

Digital printing assitance from Michael Antner at Richart Graphics

Community outreach assistance from Sarah McEneaney, Ed Kung, and Thu Tran

Research assistance from Aurora Deshauteurs and The Free Library of Philadelphia

Installation assistance from The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program








U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program, funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts:  Collaboration with the Chara Rimpa Project to be presented in Tokyo, Japan during the 2020 Olympic Games.


Small Town Big Art,

Public art in Wailuku,

Maui, Hawaii

Large scale Art Integration mural project for Kensington High School,

with Mural Arts Philadelphia


Thoreau's Ensemble (2019)

Art for Colts Neck Underpass

with Public Art Reston

Reston, Virginia

Parts Per Million (2018)

with Mural Arts Philadelphia

12,000 sq/ft mural created with environmental science and math students at South Philadelphia High School.

Synaptic Garden (2018)

with the Comcast Art Program

Murals for the 39th, 40th, 41st floor of the new Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Neuron Garden (2017)

with Art in Transit

Glass windscreens created with youth for the Crandford Train Station, New Jersey Transit, Crandford, NJ.


Diligence (2017)

with Percent for Art

Interior mural for the Free Library of Philadelphia Tacony Branch.