Open Call

W.O.W. Makers Residency

China Residencies

With Funding
Free / No Costs
New York, United States


All makers in NYC are encouraged to apply. Jury members for the inaugural Makers Residency are Gary Lum of Wing on Wo, curator, writer and design historian Zara Arshad, and CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities Tenant Union Organizer, Emily Mock.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


April 01, 2019 - June 30, 2019


  • $500.00 material budget (one-time)
  • $1,000.00 stipend (one-time)


Shared Studio, Wood Shop



Public Programs

Community Engagement , Discussion, Exhibition, Open Studios, Teaching Exchange, Workshops


Architecture, Collective, Crafts & Trades, Design, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Jewelry, Makers, Puppeteers, Sculpture


English, Mandarin, Yue

Program Description

The W.O.W. Makers Residency is a 3-month long opportunity for a maker to refurbish 50+ year old shipping crate wood into a functional object for Chinatown residents. The maker’s design will be used to teach woodworking workshops to community members throughout the residency and conclude with a final showcase exhibiting works from both the maker-in-residence and the community, honoring the journey the raw material has made from HK to NYC and celebrating its new functionality. The collection of crate wood is over fifty years old and has helped transport porcelain inventory from Hong Kong to New York since the lates 1970s. After the W.O.W. Project re-envisioning of Wing On Wo's mission and the reorganization of over a century-old clutter, we're ready for these wooden crates to have a new life for our community!

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