About

Our mission is twofold:

To create accessible, relevant resources that inspire socially conscious individuals toward action through publicly available social justice education, vulnerable conversations, and community-building.

 

To propel corporate and policy leaders to construct systematic changes based on input from and needs of directly affected community members.

We believe that social change happens one relationship at a time. Through our educational platforms, participatory programming, and community-based research, we empower individuals and organizations to advance systems-based change through a social justice lens and the all-affected principle*. Our vision is a world where all people can realize their power to secure equitable and inclusive change.
Our core values:

Prioritize Marginalized Voices

We acknowledge the inequities of existing power structures in our society, and commit to bring in diverse perspectives from marginalized communities. We center the voices, ideas, needs, desires of marginalized individuals to create a better future that is accessible for everyone.

Mutual Respect

To us, respect means treating each others’ views, experiences, and contributions as valid and valuable. We expect this to be reciprocated, and will set firm boundaries to protect our team and work when necessary.

Intentionality

We take the necessary time to critically engage with the world around us and dive beyond surface-level explanations. We emphasize systems of care with actionable steps instead of abstract theory.

Open-mindedness

We know our knowledge and individual experiences come with limits and acknowledge there are large amounts of information we do not know. We strive to always expand how we think and commit to learning alongside others. 

Celebration of Self

We see our work as an extension of personal realities lived everyday and part of the ongoing fight against white supremacy culture. We encourage marginalized people to take up space, embrace opportunities for joy, and connect with their entire range of emotions, expressions, and experiences.

Timeline

2014

I Forgot It’s Wednesday (IFIW) is birthed as a weekly supperclub inside Jenny and Matt’s apartment in New York City.

Image of two people in a dining room, one seated and one plating food (c. Robin Lam)
Image of a group of people seated around a table at an event and smiling at the camera

2016

IFIW is rebranded as Wednesdays with a more focused mission of prompting deeper dialogue between its guests.

2018

Wednesdays officially becomes Studio ATAO and receives its 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit arts organization.

Asian in America debuts at NYC's Museum of Food and Drink, the Studio’s first official event series.

Image of a plated dish titled Model Minority with a green maze around a pile of food (c. Jenny Dorsey)
Image of seated people in a dining space with VR headsets on (c. Brianna Balducci)

2020

COVID-19 hits, and all of the Studio's events move onto virtual platforms.

 

As a small silver lining, the team is finally able to find the time and bandwidth to focus on its community initiatives.

2019

Studio ATAO tours the country with Asian in America.

Image of four speakers on a video call
Image of the Studio ATAO team on a video call

2021

We are here, and we have big plans for the year! You can download our Press Kit here.

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