CAB's Open Studio at FAB "Here to Stay - Placekeeping in Chinatown" Sat. 5/26, 2-4pm

CAB's Open Studio at FAB "Here to Stay - Placekeeping in Chinatown"
Saturday May 26, 2-4pm
@ Fourth Arts Block (61 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave. & Bowery) - Ground Floor
Come by the Chinatown Art Brigade's Open Studio as a part of Fourth Arts Blocks’s 2018 Artist in Residency. Visitors will get a sneak peek at our new work-in-progress project, “Here To Stay: Placekeeping in Chinatown”, a bilingual multimedia, Augment Reality and online mapping project that will feature stories of resilience and resistance from people directly impacted by displacement, evictions and gentrification.

This event is free and open to the public.

CAB New Year Share Out! Thurs, Feb 8th, 6-9pm

Come & celebrate this past year’s cultural organizing successes and accomplishments fighting displacement and gentrification.

Come and learn how you can plug into our cultural resistance and organizing work.

We will also have a slide slam that will feature CAB members and allies work. 

What: Chinatown Art Brigade New Year Share Out
When: Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Time: 6 - 9pm
Where: Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street (bet. 2nd and 3rd Ave)

Please RSVP by Feb 5th at

PROJECTION EVENT! Friday May 12th: "Lights On, Speak Out, Action! An Evening Projection with Chinatown Art Brigade" 請參與一項由唐人街藝術團隊舉辦的 「點亮,發言,行動!」項目: 明晚 5月12日,星期五晚上7時30分!

Join us, Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队 as we illuminate the walls of Chinatown with art, images & messages that reflect refuge, resilience & resistance from people across the globe fighting Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim agenda as well as those who are resisting gentrification. 

The evening will also be interactive. We will invite passersby to sing along to karaoke & write their messages of resistance and hope. This is a collaboration with CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union and The Illuminator! #ChinatownNot4Sale #Resist #ResistTrump

When: Friday, May 12th from 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Corner of Chrystie & Grand Streets

Help us spread the word! Here's our Facebook Invitation.


明晚 5月12日,星期五晚上7時30分!


我們明晚的項目將會與路人互動,邀請大家和我們一起唱歌以及寫下自己關於抵抗和希望的訊息。這個項目是與CAAAV組織亞裔社區的唐人街住客協會及The Illuminator合作舉辦的!

Meet the Artists of "Resilience/Resistance" Chinatown Art Brigade Exhibit - Jan. 14 & 15

On January 14th and 15th we invite you to come and meet the artists featured in the "Resilience/Resistance" Chinatown Art Brigade Exhibit that is currently on view until January 22nd at Pearl River Mart's Gallery at 395 Broadway in Manhattan.

RSVP via email to Please indicate which talk you would like to attend in the email.


SATURDAY, JAN. 14TH : 2:00-2:45pm
Artist Talk with Louis Chan

Photography Prints on View:
Untitled (37 Allen St. IV), 2011
Untitled  (77 Columbia St. I), 2011

Louis Chan was born in 1981 in New York City where he is still currently working and living. He recently exhibited at The Shirley Fiterman Art Center in TriBeCa New York, and Murray State University Curris Center Gallery. He received his MFA degree from Hunter College in 2011 and had his Thesis Exhibition show at the Times Square Gallery of Hunter College. 

SATURDAY, JAN. 14TH: 3:00-3:45PM
Artist Talk with Enbion Micah Aan

Photography Prints on View:
Akaila, 3/14/2015
Man at Free Peter Liang Rally, 4/26/2015

Enbion Micah Aan is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.

SUNDAY, JAN. 15TH: 2:00-2:45PM
Artist Talk with Emily Chow Bluck

On view:
nine houses, 2017
joss paper, cotton, linen fiber

Emily Chow Bluck is an artist, educator, and organizer based in New York City. Working primarily with communities of color in urban neighborhoods, she uses her art praxis to build local campaigns for social justice and equitable futures.

SUNDAY, JAN. 15TH: 3:00-3:45PM
Artist Talk with co-founders of Chinatown Art Brigade - Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong and Betty Yu

On View:
Chinatown Art Brigade produced videos:
Here To Stay: Chinatown Art Brigade, 2016
Chinatown Art Brigade Projection Highlights, 2016
Here To Stay Project Slideshow, 2016

Individual Works by Co-founders On View:

Tomie Arai's work:
Portrait of NY Chinatown, 2014
Silkscreen and spraypaint on plywood

ManSee Kong's videos:
Here To Stay, 2006-2008
Chinatown Tenant Stories: The Comforts of Home, 2016
CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union, 2006
The River Rolls On, 2016

Betty Yu's videos:
Resilience, 2000
An Unknown Home, 2017

Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is a cultural collective of artists, media makers and activists creating art and media to advance social justice. Currently, Chinatown Art Brigade is a project-driven collective that is working in close collaboration with CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities’ Chinatown Tenants Union, a grassroots organization that works with (and organizes low-income) pan-Asian communities around tenant rights, fighting evictions and community empowerment.

Bios of the co-founders:

Tomie Arai is a public artist who collaborates with writers, architects, historians, curators, and local communities to create work that explores the rich cultural diversity of the Americas. She has designed permanent public works of art for the NYC PerCent for Art Program, The San Francisco Arts Commission, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the NYC Board of Education and the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program.

ManSee Kong creates films and videos inspired by stories of liberation and justice from grassroots organizing campaigns and narratives grounded in social movements. Current directorial projects include a feature documentary about Pvt. Danny Chen, a 19 year-old who died after being racially and physically hazed by fellow soldiers during his deployment in Afghanistan, and “Chinatown Tenant Stories”, a video series about gentrification and displacement through the voices of low-income immigrant residents of Manhattan Chinatown.

Betty Yu is a Chinese-American NYC based filmmaker, multi-media artist, media educator and activist. Her documentary “Resilience” about her garment worker mother fighting against sweatshop conditions. She recently co-created the "Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing" which is part of the Agitprop! show at the Brooklyn Museum. Betty is the recipient of the 2016 SOAPBOX Award from the Laundromat Project. She holds a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA from Hunter College. She is currently an artist-in-resident at the International Studio Curatorial Program.

"Resilience/Resistance: Chinatown Art Brigade" Art Exhibit at Pearl River Mart Gallery Jan. 7th to 22nd

Please join Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队 and Pearl River Mart for

WHAT: Opening Reception & Meet the Brigade of "Resilience/Resistance" Exhibit
WHEN: Saturday January 7th from 1-4pm

WHERE: Pearl River Mart @ 395 Broadway, New York, New York

The Exhibit Is Open Daily
January 7th to January 22nd

10 AM to 7:20 PM

The “Resilience/Resistance: Chinatown Art Brigade” exhibit puts a more diverse human face on gentrification by celebrating resilience and resistance, and by giving local residents a way to tell their own stories of displacement. As artists and as activists, we recognize the urgency to act now to protect this community from an uncertain future.

We believe that collaborations with community residents, artists and activists in spaces like the Pearl River Mart will bring us a step closer to understanding the ways in which artists and community can work together in movements for social change.

The exhibit features members and supporters of Chinatown Art Brigade:
Enbion Micah Aan
Tomie Arai
Emily Chow Bluck
Kahean Chang
Louis Chan
Liz Moy
ManSee Kong
David Tang
Mimi Yaw
Betty Yu
Zhi Qin Zheng

We will also be hosting artist talks on Sat. Jan. 14th & 15th from 1 to 4pm. Details HERE.

We’d like to thank the Chen family for offering us the opportunity to showcase the work of ten members and supporters of the Chinatown Brigade in the new Pearl River Mart gallery, which has developed into a dynamic cultural space for art, dialogue and exchange. 


For more info:

This Weekend! Nov. 12 & 13: Chinatown Art Brigade featured in Smithsonian's: "Imagined Futures" Show

On November 12th & 13th Smithsonian's APA Center will present Ctrl+Alt: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures – taking place in the former site of the Pearl River Mart in SOHO NYC as an arena to explore the future of our nation, neighborhood and selves.

Chinatown Art Brigade's exhibit will be presenting "Here to Stay", an interactive multi-media space which will highlight our anti-gentrification cultural work in Chinatown and partnership with CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union

What: Chinatown Art Brigade in Smithsonian APA Center's "CTRL + ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagine Futures"
Where: 477 Broadway (site of the former "Pearl River Mart") in Chinatown/Soho
When: Sat. Nov 12th - Sun. Nov 13th, 11-9pm both days

Check out our SCHEDULE of talks and workshops in the space this weekend.

Checkout their website for more details:

 Photo by Mike Hong

Photo by Mike Hong

Chinatown Is Not for Sale Town Hall Discussion

Chinatown Is Not for Sale Town Hall Discussion
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 7pm
Location: 55 Walker Street

Free Entrance

Please join Artists Space, Chinatown Art Brigade and Decolonize This Place for a town hall discussion that will bring together local residents, activists, gallery owners and artists for a candid dialogue about the growing impact of art galleries in Chinatown.

With gentrification accelerating citywide, over 100 galleries have opened in Chinatown. Approximately 60% of these have arrived in the last three years. Rents have risen to an all time high and low-income Chinatown tenants and small business owners are being pushed out. Hyper-development—in the form of luxury condos, hotels and galleries—is putting the lives and livelihoods of long-term residents at risk.

Gentrification is often the result of many overlapping social and economic factors. Yet, as evidenced in SoHo, Chelsea and, more recently, Bushwick, art galleries tend to be among the first businesses to gentrify working class or industrial districts. How, accordingly, might we speak to the complicity of art and artists within this process? Can artists be an ally in the struggle against gentrification and displacement? What, if any, are the points of unity between artists, galleries and the local community?

This discussion, the second in a series of public conversations presented by Chinatown Art Brigade following "Chinatown: New York's Newest Gallery Scene?" at Wing on Wo & Co. in July, will explore the role that artists can play in preserving, protecting and fighting for our neighborhoods. Central to the discussion will be a working document promoting ways in which artists, galleries and other cultural institutions can show their solidarity with longtime Chinatown residents.

This event is part of Decolonize This Place, a three-month project by MTL+ that sees Artists Space Books & Talks converted into a movement space that is action-oriented around indigenous struggle, black liberation, Free Palestine, global wage workers and de-gentrification.


MTL+ is a collective of artists and organizers comprised of Nitasha Dhillon, Amin Husain, Yates McKee, Andrew Ross, Kyle Goen, Amy Weng, Aiko Maya Roudette, Marz Saffore and Samer Abulaela

Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is a cultural collective of artists, media makers and activists creating art and media to advance social justice. Our work is driven by the fundamental belief that collaboration with and accountability to those communities that are directly impacted by racial, social and economic inequities must be central to any cultural, art, or media making process. 

Chinatown Art Brigade is collaborating with the Chinatown Tenants Union of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (, a grassroots nonprofit that organizes low-income pan-Asian communities around tenant rights, fighting evictions and displacement.

Facebook: @ChinatownArtBrigade
Twitter: @CtownArtBrigade
Instagram: @ChinatownArtBrigade




Peter Kwong is Distinguished Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a pioneer in Asian American studies, a leading scholar of immigration, and an award-winning journalist and filmmaker.

Margaret Lee (b 1980, Bronx, NY) has organized and exhibited work at numerous venues domestically and internationally including The Windows, Barneys, NY; Concentrations HK: Margaret Lee, curated by Gabriel Ritter, Duddell’s x DMA, Hong Kong; Made in L.A, 2014 Hammer Museum Biennial, Los Angeles; 2013 Biennale de Lyon; de, da do...da, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Caza, curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Bronx Museum, New York; NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami; New Pictures of Common Objects, curated by Christopher Lew, MoMA PS1, New York, and Looking Back, White Columns, New York, amongst others. In 2009, Lee founded the artist-run space 179 Canal and is currently a partner in the gallery 47 Canal. 

Liz Moy is an artist and activist from Chinatown, New York. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from NYU Steinhardt and is passionate about the intersection of gentrification and cultural production. 

Juan Puntes is a co-founder of WhiteBox.

Julien Terrell has been working in the environmental justice movement for nearly a decade. He’s organized from the Bronx to Buffalo, he’s done solidarity and coalition work around climate justice in Bolivia and Cuba. Terrell is a lead organizer at Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a youth development organization where he helps area youth build connections to the land through urban gardening, a fruits and vegetables market, and safer green spaces.

Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, educator and activist, and is a co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade. Betty received the 2016 SOAPBOX Artist Award from the Laundromat Project, and is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art for her project with Chinatown Art Brigade. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. 

「堅守家園」 投射活動 Here to Stay/Chinatown Projection Night

When: Sat. Sept. 24th at 6:45pm
What: Here to Stay Outdoor Projection Night
Where: NYC Chinatown (corner of Grand St. & Chrystie St.)
Please RSVP here:

Join the Chinatown Art Brigade for our first Here to Stay outdoor projections will feature interactive large-scale outdoor projections addressing themes of gentrification, community resilience and resistance in NYC's Chinatown. The projections represent the body of work co-created during our Here to Stay Workshop Series this past summer.


活動詳情: See Flyer

「堅守家園」 投射活動

Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is a cultural collective that recognizes the power of art to advance social justice. CAB is a project-driven collective that is working in collaboration with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union, a grassroots group organizing for tenant rights, fighting evictions and community empowerment.

唐人街藝術隊是一個社會正義文化集體。「堅守家園」是唐人街住客協會和 唐人街藝術隊共同合作的免費夏天項目。





Join Chinatown Art Brigade at CAAAV's Chinatown Rezoning Town Hall, Sunday 8/21 @ 1pm

When: Sunday, August 21 from 1PM-4PM
Where: Project Reach (39 Eldridge Street, 4th Fl) in Chinatown, Manhattan

How do you want Chinatown/LES to look a few years from now? Rezoning is a tool that sets rules for how neighborhoods look and can preserve affordability or accelerate luxury development depending on who makes the decisions.

A few years ago, CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union (CTU) joined with other Chinatown/LES stakeholders to create the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning plan. Their plan makes it clear to City Planning what rezoning for and by the community looks like. They now need to ensure Chinatown/LES residents are at the decision-making table as the City determines our future.

Come to CAAAV's August 21 at their Town Hall and join Chinatown residents to learn about the City's rezoning policies, our current Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan, and how we can ensure that rezoning in Chinatown reflects the needs of those who call Chinatown home.

The Town Hall will feature photos that show the drastic changes in Chinatown by CAAAV CTU Member and Chinatown Art Brigade participant David Tang, juxtaposed with older photos of a fading Chinatown. Additionally, it will be interactive and allow opportunities for residents to express their visions for the future of Chinatown.

Poster designed by David Tang, CAAAV CTU member

Poster designed by David Tang, CAAAV CTU member

Present-day Chinatown (Photo by David Tang)

Chinatown in the 1970's

Contact our Organizer Naved at to confirm you are attending. Share the facebook eventInterpretation will be provided in Mandarin & Cantonese.

Chinatown: New York’s Newest Gallery Scene? on July 19th @ 6:30pm

The W.O.W Project Chinatown Art Brigade presents:
Chinatown: New York’s Newest Gallery Scene?
Tuesday, July 19th from 6:30-8:30 PM 26 Mott Street (Manhattan’s Chinatown)
+ Live Streaming at Silk Road Cafe @ 30 Mott Street

The Chinatown Art Brigade and W.O.W. Project are pleased to present the second conversation in W.O.W. Project’s summer series of workshops and discussions around NYC Chinatown, Then and Now.

Chinatown: New York’s Newest Gallery Scene? will address the wave of galleries that have opened in NY Chinatown, dramatically transforming this historic enclave into NY’s latest arts district.  Curators, local gallery owners, artists, arts practitioners and stakeholders will have an opportunity to discuss these recent changes and share their vision for the cultural and economic landscape of the neighborhood.

Panelists include Herb Tam, curator, Museum of Chinese in America, Michelle Maria Esteva,Chinatown Soup, special guests (TBA) and moderator Tomie Arai, artist member of the Chinatown Art Brigade.

The Chinatown Art Brigade was founded by artists Betty Yu, ManSee kong and Tomie Arai in 2016.  Their collaborative public art project, ‘Here to Stay’ will be a series of mobile outdoor projections based on oral histories, photography and video produced in collaboration with CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities to address themes of gentrification, displacement and community resilience in NY Chinatown.

The W.O.W Project’s mission is to raise cultural and historical awareness of the Chinatown community by facilitating the growth of innovative and creative community engagement ideas. The project aims to build a community of local businesses across generations and enable youth to shape the growth of Chinatown through public programming. 

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