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Photography: Stacey Salter Moore, Briana Balducci, Joseph Magnelli, David Chow, BK Narayanan, David Nguyen

Videography: Federica Nanfeng, Sarah M. Park

© 2020 by Studio ATAO, Inc. A 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Studio ATAO

(pronounced a-tao, stands for all together at once)
is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, mission-driven immersive events company that creates public exhibitions & live experiences at the intersection of food, interactive art, technology and social impact.

Public Programming

We build, execute and tour thought-provoking, interdisciplinary exhibitions & culinary-based events that champion diversity, equity and inclusion. We emphasize the power of deliberate food & drink, empathetic storytelling and interpersonal connection to drive allyship and organic action.

 

Explore our flagship series below:

A virtual reality dinner experience and interactive art installation exploring the trials & tribulations of the Asian American identity 

A multi-sensory dinner performance taking guests on a journey of self-acceptance

A therapeutic exhibition & dining experience examining the invisibility and normalization of female pain

We facilitate, curate and host digital & physical industry discussions for mission-aligned professionals to brainstorm new ways to solve pressing issues facing their work today.

Our specialty is a facilitation model we use at our IRL dinner-and-discussion Experimental Salons, which embraces positive conflict, addresses our own complicities and drives collective, immediate action.

Community 

Initiatives

Our private digital community is a place for professionals across different fields to cross-pollinate learnings.

A digest of useful resources, learnings, books/articles/readings, events, opportunities for those interested in social impact across the spectrum. See our latest one here.

We can also join our community digitally:

educational 

resources

We use learnings from Experimental Salons, public programming, expert interviews and independent research to compile educational toolkits and guides for everyone to use. Explore our latest below, and see the complete set on our Resources blog.

custom

experiences

Our agency & consulting arm develops custom, hospitality-forward experiences for purpose-driven businesses committed to maximizing impact beyond entertainment.

We also create thoughtful employee engagement initiatives that encourage open dialogue and cultivate inclusivity and diversity in the workplace using our Experimental Salons framework.

See prior examples of our work here.

Studio ATAO grew out of Wednesdays, a popup series founded by Jenny & Matt Dorsey in 2014. Our mission has always been the same: create inclusive, safe spaces for guests to engage in open, honest dialogue about the world around them. After hosting hundreds of events, it became clear the event programming needed to be more focused if the goal was to drive real change. So in 2018, Wednesdays officially became Studio ATAO, taking on a nonprofit arts organization status and structuring its experiences into flagship series each tackling a specific topic with a unique blend of food, art and technology.

 

Our mission is to combine the power of physical human connection with the visceral, identity-shaping nature of food to offer a shared platform & mutual experience for our guests to interact with ideas and PoV's unfamiliar to them. We hope to use our talents to nurture a more empathetic generation who believe in supporting their communities to build a better future for everyone.

our story & MISSION

Jenny Dorsey

Executive Director

@chefjennydorsey

www.jennydorsey.co

Matt Dorsey

CFO & Beverage Lead

@mixologistmattdorsey

Julie Nguyen

Director of BD & Sponsorships

@julienguyenner

Addy Zou

Community Manager

@yaddyzou

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Studio ATAO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization that relies on support from our generous community of donors to keep operating. Your tax-deductible donation allows us to bring programming to as many communities as possible.

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