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.
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