Chinatown Soup is a creative community advancing art, justice, historic preservation, and civic engagement in downtown New York. 

Inspired by the success of Detroit Soup, a non-profit start-up established in 2010 by two young women to benefit local artist initiatives through micro-funding dinners, Chinatown Soup built upon this interactive, democratic model to design an arts space for a neighborhood that has shifted from an immigrant-populated enclave to an emerging hotbed for real estate development and the new art scene. Drawing from the Stone Soup folk parable and artist-run collectives of 1970’s New York, such as Chinatown’s Basement Workshop and SoHo’s Food, we’re forming a new vanguard of social entrepreneurs that re-imagine how people can work together to live creatively in the 21st century city. This form of creative intervention begins with enabling cultural organizations to provide emerging artists with their first significant exposure, host residencies, offer studio space, and present public programming with strong commitments to local communities.


  • Instill neighborhood pride
  • Empower residents
  • Enable people to establish new relationships and networks
  • Integrate the arts and design with social praxis
  • Democratize access to art through technology
  • Foster critical dialogue
  • Provide a deeper understanding of creativity
  • Create jobs
  • Respond to gentrification


Cool Hunting June 16, 2017

TimeOut March 24, 2017

Opening Ceremony October 14, 2016

Bedford + Bowery September 9, 2016

W Magazine August 5, 2016

Vogue August 1, 2016

Artsy August 1, 2016

Bedford + Bowery August 1, 2016

The Lo-Down July 20, 2016

beautiful.bizarre June 10, 2016

Huffington Post May 25, 2016

Hyperallergic March 4, 2016

Art F City February 26, 2016

Huffington Post February 8, 2016

The New York Times February 7, 2016

DNAinfo August 25, 2015

Sinovision June 17, 2015

NYFA Current May 20, 2015

Bedford + Bowery May 11, 2015

Purple Diary March 24, 2015