Who we are. The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

What we do. The Asian American Alliance helps support individual artists and arts organizations access and share resources both online and in person. The Alliance builds community through programs that encourage peer-learning, collaboration, and professional development.

To start your application, please click below.

Applications will be received until Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Application Components 

- Statement on Nominee's professional line of work

- Statement on Nominee's efforts towards greater advancement in the arts in the Asian American community and/or greater NYC community

- Statement of Nominee's volunteer service in the last 5 years

- Statement why the individual meets the criteria of the Wai Look Award. Please include how the Nominee's work stands out and has impacted his/her organization and field.

- Upload 2 supporting materials (Can be link to article, essay or video, etcetera, either written by the nominee or about the nominee)


The Alliance will receive nominations for the award. You may also nominate yourself.

Nominees must be an Asian American based in one of the five boroughs of New York City who is:

*an emerging or mid-career professional working with at least five years experience in arts administration

*a volunteer for an arts organization. Volunteers can be in a leadership role, such as a board member or advisor

*an emerging or mid-career professional outside of the field, but working to support the arts

*a leader of an arts organization or organization providing services to the arts; and/or

*a leader in the Asian American community working for the advancement of the arts

Current staff and board members of the Alliance and past recipients of the award are not eligible. The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts will be presented at the organization's fundraising event in October 2017.


Purpose and Criteria:

The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts is intended to recognize and encourage Asian American individuals working as an arts administrator, advocate, leader or equivalent whose active participation in or for the arts has made a considerable impact. The award aims to illustrate the potential of exemplary work in the field and provides recipients with a cash award of $500.

Selections are based on demonstrated and exceptional service to or participation in the field, the impact of the work and the potential for future contributions.