Our mission is twofold:
To inspire socially conscious individuals toward action by making social justice accessible and relevant through publicly available education, vulnerable conversations, and community-building.
To propel corporate and policy leaders to construct systematic changes based on the needs and input of directly affected community members.
Our vision is a world where social justice matters to everyone and is deeply rooted in every decision.
Our core values:
Prioritize Marginalized Voices
We acknowledge the inequities of existing power structures in our society, and commit to bringing 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.
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.
We take the necessary time to critically engage with the world around us by diving beyond surface-level explanations. We emphasize systems of care with actionable steps instead of abstract theory.
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. We ask questions and prompt discussion instead of telling others to listen.
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, their entire range of emotions, expressions, and experiences.
I Forgot It’s Wednesday (IFIW) is birthed as a weekly supperclub inside Jenny and Matt’s apartment in New York City.
IFIW is rebranded as Wednesdays with a more focused mission of prompting deeper dialogue between its guests.
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.
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.
Studio ATAO tours the country with Asian in America.
We are here, and we have big plans for the year! You can download our 2021 Planning PDF here.
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