DOJO PROJECT

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AIRMW is delighted to announce that we have been able to purchase our own building at 4875 N Elston in the North Mayfield neighborhood. The space is currently undergoing renovations and our full move is scheduled to be February 2023. 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. 

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.

While we have secured our physical space, there is still much to do until we can officially move in. As of October 2022, we have finished installing heating, cooling, plumbing, lighting and wall painting. We are next working on the kitchen and bathroom installation. 

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

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September 2022
September 2022

Building sign is installed

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Elston building front rendering

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October
October

Members painting main walls of the new space

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September 2022
September 2022

Building sign is installed

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