Founded in 1999, Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) is an artist and curator-centered 501c3 non-profit organization committed to supporting emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists. Through innovative programming, experimentation and collaboration, AAI serves as a resource and forum to engage the community of the Lower East Side.

As a local arts organization, we are continually evolving with the changing needs of the artists and curators whom we serve. Through our four principle programs–Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, LES Studio Program, Art (Inter)Actions, LES Artist Registry–we create opportunities for discourse, support economic development with cultural activities, and facilitate connections between contemporary art and the broader cultural community.

From their first days working in the studios of the former PS160, AAI’s founding artists strove to nurture, support, and exhibit the work of underrepresented and emerging artists and curators, and invite the public to directly engage with contemporary art. Fifteen years later, we are proud that our work is still guided by these core objectives, and continue to develop additional opportunities and resources in support of our mission.