Your donation helps support the growth and development of the W.O.W Project’s 2019 programs:
WOW 3 Year Anniversary Fundraiser
The W.O.W. Project is thrilled to be hosting our 3rd year anniversary celebration in honor of our community. The evening of festivities will include: performances by 3rd artist-in-residence and calligrapher, Vincent Chong, queer Asian American comedian, Jes Tom, drag performer, The Illustrious Pearl, a special intergenerational reading of Bridge Magazine to honor the legacy of arts and activism work in our community, a W.O.W. artist market featuring Asian American artists and makers who similarly explore themes of identity and belonging in their work, a photobooth by the Yellow Jackets Collective, as well as food provided by neighborhood favorites Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Kopitiam. A soft launch of our new tea line in collaboration with local family business, Grand Tea Imports will also make its debut. Register NOW.
Why Chinatown? Why Now? Why The W.O.W Project?
Powerful gentrifying forces are rapidly changing Manhattan’s Chinatown and the stakes are high. Those whose livelihoods are most impacted often do not have a platform to voice their concerns. The W.O.W. Project provides residents the space and resources to build the future they want to see.
The W.O.W Project was born from a turning point in the survival of the oldest shop in Chinatown, a five-generation owned family business that has witnessed almost a century of change in the neighborhood. It is a women and non-binary led initiative that has the mission of sustaining ownership over Chinatown's future by growing and protecting Chinatown's creative culture through arts and activism.
This past year, we worked on this mission by:
Hosting 38 public programs, including our Chinatown Movement series.
Mentoring 8 interns providing them grassroots community organizing experience and leadership skills.
Supporting an emerging Asian American artist through our storefront artist residency Vincent Chong, who led calligraphy and bookmaking workshops with over 100 participants.
And completing our second year-long youth-led Resist Recycle Regenerate program which included political activism, oral history and papermaking workshops that taught 5 Asian American young women skills to explore their own histories of migration.
WHAT IS THE W.O.W PROJECT?
Born from a five-generation owned family business in the heart of Chinatown, The W.O.W. Project is a women-founded and led initiative that envisions the future of NYC’s Chinatown as one that is shaped by and for its community. In our first year, we have brought together business owners, activists, artists, & labor organizers who root themselves in our neighborhood’s history and legacy to build intergenerational bridges of understanding for Chinatown’s future. The W.O.W Project’s driving mission is to broaden the scope of who shapes the future of Chinatown through culture & arts in a time of rapid change.
Want to learn more about what we've been up to? Visit our public programs page here.
To celebrate this year of growth, we are raising funds to continue our cultural organizing. We are asking you to contribute to our crowdfunding campaign to help launch the W.O.W. Project into its 4th year of programming. Your money will go directly towards developing our public programs, youth internships, 店面 Storefront Artist Residency. For example, $1,500 allows us to invite experts to teach our interns about Chinatown's art and activism history and different artmaking skills like papermaking to share back with the community, $1,000 will help us buy all the necessary supplies for our next artist-in-residence to hold community workshops, $350 will cover costs for one public talk, $100 covers the monthly electricity bill in the WOW studio.
*There are some fantastic rewards for donors including*:
W.O.W. Elder 長老 - $3,000 & above -recognition as a W.O.W. donor on our website and honorary plaque put up at the shop
W.O.W. Auntie/Uncle 阿姨 /叔叔 - $1,000 - W.O.W. merch goody bag + a Thai food dinner for two cooked and served in the shop on W.O.W. porcelain by our director, Mei Lum!
W.O.W. Family Member 家人 - $888 -W.O.W. goody bag full of all of our limited edition merch: W.O.W. tote, enamel pin, and Charlene Man x W.O.W. T-shirt.
W.O.W. Benefactor 恩人 - $500 - A dinner for two at Taiwanese restaurant Ho Foods
W.O.W. Collaborator 合作伴儿 - $250 a Chinatown walking tour by Gary, shopkeeper of Wing On Wo.
W.O.W. Friend 朋友 - $188 - our new W.O.W. limited edition t-shirt inspired by our vintage business card.
W.O.W. Neighbor 鄰居 - $80 or more - a copy of Slant'd Magazine Issue 1 and postcard set of 4.
W.O.W. Community Member 社區成員 - $35 or more - personalized thank you card on our handmade confetti paper.
*Note: these rewards will be available until supplies last! We'll be in touch after the fundraiser to confirm your mailing address and shipping costs or set up a time for you to come by the store.
Our public programs are the backbone of everything that we do. In our first year, we hosted 13 public programs engaging an audience of over 500. Since our inaugural panel discussion on the neighborhood’s next generation of business owners and the gentrification of Chinatown, The W.O.W Project has held a crate-wood design challenge where artists made skateboards, desks, and public benches from old shipping crates, and established the 店面 artist residency around oral histories during the Lunar New Year.
This past year, we hosted 38 public programs, including poetry readings, storytelling open mic nights, and panel events on . In 2020, we’re hoping to build on these monthly programs and sustain long-term community engagement to shape the future of our multi-generational community. For example, your money could go towards one of our Chinatown Movement series events, a one of a kind program that preserves and builds on the history of resiliency in Chinatowns around the world through community-led narratives from residents from different communities. One public event costs $350 to pay for honorariums and refreshments.
As a community, we have a responsibility to educate and empower the younger generation. W.O.W is committed to empowering the next generation with a toolkit of leadership, organizational and community organizing skills in order to revive and protect Chinatown’s creative culture and rich history. The W.O.W internship provides a unique opportunity for high school and college students to get involved in grassroots community organizing first hand.
In 2018, we had six young Asian American women and non-binary folks interning with us working on a wide range of projects such as, spearheading the W.O.W Weekly blog, managing a transcription team of 10 volunteers for our W.O.W Oral History Collection, producing the W.O.W Fundraising Campaign video, and designing a W.O.W public program.
For our fourth year, we plan to enrich our internship program by bringing in experts to lead skill building sessions every semester. Each session costs $150 for the workshop facilitators and travel stipends.
This year, we are extending the residency to six months -- twice its original length, providing access to Wing On Wo & Co's basement studio space equipped with silkscreen facilities, and project support from China Residencies and The W.O.W Project. We are passionate about providing space to support generative collaborations between artists and our community. This year, we will not only be including an opening reception and artist talk for the artist-in-residence, but also one-on-one critiques with leading Asian American curators throughout the Residency.
Resist, Recycle, Regenerate is a brand spankin’ new project we’re launching this fall. It will consist of a series of writing, history, political activism, and papermaking workshops teaching girls to address the future of Chinatown’s immigrant populations by recycling the discarded Chinese New Year fireworks into hand-printed zines. The project reflects how our collective histories are deeply shaped by exclusionary immigration policies of the past and present.
If you would like to make a recurring donation and become a friend of The W.O.W Project:
NOTE: All donations made to The W.O.W Project are tax deductible.
The W.O.W Project is fiscally sponsored by China Residencies, a non-profit that is passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding in their work and communities. Read more about The W.O.W Project and China Residencies partnership here.
You can also donate by mailing or dropping off a check at the shop on 26 Mott St. Please write your check out to:
c/o Wing on Wo & Co.
26 Mott St. New York, NY 10013