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Korea Art Forum Presents: 

Korea Art Forum Presents: 
Community Engagements: 
The Finale of the 2023 SHARED DIALOGUE,

at Immigrant Social Services’ Storefront for Ideas,
127 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013,

From February 7–April 5, 2024, 
Open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
from 1–5 pm 
plus appointments.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb 7th from 6 to 8 pm.
RSVP here!

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Feb 7–Apr 5, 2024

(Open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1–5 pm plus appointments)

Opening Reception: Feb 7th

6 pm - 8 pm


127 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013

(At Immigrant Social Services’ Storefront for Ideas.) 



Minshik Shin, Moses Ros,

Nancy Paredes, 

The Square Theatre,

Yeon Jin Kim,


New York, January 28, 2024 — Korea Art Forum (KAF) is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Immigrant Social Services (ISS) to create a space and moment for appreciation, reflection, and transformation through the final exhibition of our 2023 Shared Dialogue, Shared Space. 


Open from February 7th through April 5th, 2024, the exhibition will showcase collective collages, paintings, prints, patchworks, action snapshots, creative photography, dialogic performances, and interactive installations by a group of immigrant artists and artists reflecting on the immigrant experience.


Join us for a journey of gratitude, discovery, and community building, and explore a variety of relevant topics:  #SociallyEngagedArt  #SocialPracticeArt  #ArtForTranformation  #CollectiveArt  #CommunityBasedArt  #ParticipatroyArt  #InteractiveArt  #PublicArt  #PerformanceArt  #ArtLife #GratitudeThroughArt #ChinatownArts #KAFxISS  #LunarNewYear  #ImmigrantExperience and #CommunityBuilding. 


Since 2020, KAF’s SDSS initiative has piloted various approaches to build a comprehensive model system supporting underrepresented artists in creating and presenting new work. Imbued with a solid commitment to the values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA), the system also strengthens arts participation for geographically, economically, or culturally marginalized communities. It empowers underserved communities, contributing to their recovery of public health and well-being on both individual and community levels in this post-pandemic era. ​​The community engagements the artists have been performing through the 2023 SDSS culminate in this final exhibition documenting and presenting the outputs of their activities. 


This exhibition will feature the works of SDSS Artists who’ve spent 2023 creating participatory artwork at various sites and boroughs throughout New York City. Minshik Shin has explored specific methods of visualizing the abstract concept of democracy and created opportunities for people to integrate art into their daily lives. Moses Ros has piloted Repróllage, a process that combines printmaking and collage of recycled materials. Nancy Paredes took portraits of community members for future memories, elevating the significance of history writing, particularly in BIPOC communities. The Square Theatre experimented with participatory performances that used collected questions to connect immigrant experiences. In collaboration with several community groups, Yeon Jin Kim has led the production of several collective Jogakbos, an art form practiced by women in Korea and under-recognized in mainstream art scenes. These SDSS artists and teams will be joined by the guest artist collective and record label PTP, who will offer marketplace programs, workshops/skillshares, and panel discussions.


SDSS includes a series of participatory art initiatives presented for free in outdoor community hubs, such as parks and plazas, on sunny Saturdays during warm seasons. The SDSS project fosters dialogues between the audience and artists, exploring a wide range of subject matters and the multidimensional impact of art in the processes of cultural production and social change. The 2023 iteration thematically aimed to disrupt rising anti-Asian sentiments and racial divides that are entrenched in all sectors of American life. 


Since 2020, SDSS has connected underserved communities to art through language access and participatory art activities. The project has offered artist-run workshops, performances, and interactive activities to the public free of charge with live interpretation services in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and ASL at outdoor public places accessible to all community members. For the past four years, SDSS has broadened communication channels between the contemporary art world and local communities in New York City, advancing the artists’ creative endeavors of engaging the public. 


The upcoming exhibition promises to be an engaging experience that connects immigrant and underserved communities in New York City to visual arts and culture. The projects will provide an intercultural perspective that can help us be more empathetic in creating peace in our community. Accompanied programs—discussions, panel talks, artist talks, workshops, potluck parties, gatherings, and more—will take place in the following schedules:  


February 17th and 18th: 

PTP will host a marketplace of independent artists and publishers from 12 to 6 pm or longer.  


February 23rd: 

Nancy Paredes will host a jigsaw puzzle night and offer snacks from 6 to 8 pm.


February 24th: 

PTP will host artist-led workshops from 2 to 6 pm or longer. 


February 25th: 

Moses Ros will offer a print-making workshop from 2 to 4 pm.


March 2nd: 

Minshik Shin will throw a Wine & Kimbap party from 2 to 4 pm. 


March 3rd:

Yeon Jin Kim will prepare a space for sharing conversation, cookies, and tea from 2 to 4 pm. 


March 9th: 

Nancy Paredes will play a memory card game and offer snacks from 2 to 4 pm.


March 10th: 

PTP will host a conversation on archiving and storytelling with Documenting The Nameplate, GENG PTP, and others from 2 to 4 pm or longer. 


March 24th: 

Moses Ros will offer a print-making workshop from 2 to 4 pm.


March 30th and 31st:

The Square Theatre will offer tea tasting from 2 to 4 pm on both days. 

Come experience immersive art that showcases the diverse perspectives of the artists and the community. Experience our artistic gratitude at the year-end exhibition, a special way to thank you for your invaluable contributions. Please RSVP now by clicking here!

About Korea Art Forum (KAF)

Founded in New York in 2013, the Korea Art Forum (KAF) is led by artists, scholars, and peacemakers committed to bridging the world through art, serving to advance indispensable values of art’s connectivity, relevance, and equity to create a peaceful world and enhance people’s quality of life and well-being. KAF aims to stem the root causes of inequality in the contemporary art field and promote an eco-human-centric framework of art as a social product of public engagement that creates a peaceful world of coexistence, cooperation, and shared prosperity. KAF annually produces interrelated projects—Commissions, Exhibitions, Forums, and Publications—to bring together all people from the art world and beyond to share dialogues, serving to build an interconnected, peaceful world and support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

About Immigrant Social Services, Inc (ISS)  |  華僑社會福利社

Founded in 1972, Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) is a community-based non-profit organization in New York City dedicated to improving the conditions of underserved immigrants and children of immigrants. Through our programs and services in Manhattan’s Chinatown/Lower East Side, we strive to create an environment that enables children/youth, young adults, seniors, and families to thrive and flourish. In 2022, we leveraged our access to a vacant storefront in Chinatown to launch the Storefront for Ideas—a community-engaged space fostering dialogue and collaboration that amplify the stories and pressing issues confronting our community.



KAF’s 2023 SDSS projects held in Northern Manhattan, the South Bronx, and Queens are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit The projects are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF). WQXR is the media partner of Korea Art Forum presenting Shared Dialogue, Shared Space. Special thanks to our community partners, the South Bronx Unite, Minkwon Center, NYC Parks, the NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Council Members Vickie Paladino, Sandra Ung, and Julie Won for supporting KAF’s projects.

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