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DOJO PROJECT

Our New Home! AIRMW Cultural Hub

AIRMW is delighted to share that we now own a permanent home at 4875 N. Elston in the North Mayfield neighborhood!  When we bought the building it was mostly unfinished, so we have been working on installing doors, windows, electricity, plumbing, HVAC system, and more over the past 18 months. 
 

We still have many updates to finish. The stage, sound and video system being installed this summer, but as of May 6, 2023 we are officially open to the public. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our new space. 

The Dojo Project sponsored in part by the Chicago Cultural Treasures Grant by IFF

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At AIRMW our mission is to build a vital, self-empowered Asian American community in the Chicago area by maintaining traditional practices and recontextualizing them within the contemporary arts landscape—keeping traditions alive while informing new works with an underlying artistic value. As we consider the sustainability of our organization and cultural mission, we began our Dojo Project Campaign to officially fund our move to a new space in 2019. We envision our new space to be not only AIRMW’s foundational base but as an art center that can support other smaller organizations, projects and individual artists within the Chicagoland community. We are looking to create a small black-box theatre space to support performances and productions of AIRMW and by other artists and organizations within the community.

We would like to thank our early fundraising donors, dedicated organization members who shape our programs, community supporters, and the Chicago Cultural Treasures Grant by IFF for making this dream possible. We could not have done it without your investment and support.

If you would like to contribute to help our move, or our ongoing and future organizational activities, you can make a tax-deductible donation below:

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Asian Improv aRts Midwest is a registered 501(c)3 organization

February 2023: Soft Opening!

On February 24 & 26, AIRMW hosted a two-day private celebration at our new arts hub at 4875 N. Elston. Our very first event at the space included a warm welcome from the Pulaski Elston Business Association and local Alderman, support from the Consul-General of Japan, our affiliates from the West Coast, and concluded with a traditional kagami-biraki ritual. 

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