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Chinatown Soup


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


Troll Museum’s Comeback Lets Rev Jen Supporters Pay the Troll TollBedford + Bowery September 9, 2016
The Best Street Style from New York's First-Ever Pin and Patch ShowW Magazine August 5, 2016
11 Things to Shop at New York’s Pin & Patch ShowVogue August 1, 2016
Chinatown Residents Speak Out about the Area’s Influx of Art GalleriesArtsy 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