Taiwan Academy

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is a non-profit cultural institute with an aim of promoting Taiwanese arts and culture in the west coast of Northern America, Mexico and Latin America. Established by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan in 2012, Taiwan Academy cooperates with major arts/film organizations and festivals to bring Taiwanese arts groups, artists, writers, and filmmakers for exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and residencies. Through these activities, Taiwan Academy seeks to bring the artists of Taiwan into the international spotlight, and to increase the global visibility of Taiwanese culture.

Taiwan Academy functions as a cultural bridge between Taiwan and the outside countries, enhancing cultural exchange, raising awareness of the rich and diverse culture manifested in the works of Taiwanese arts groups, and stimulating artists and audiences of this area an appreciation for Taiwanese cultural events.

Instituto Alumnos

Instituto Alumnos is a modern space that functions both as an educational chamber and an art vault. Its central mission is to provide alternative learning methods for educators.

Founded by Moisés Cosío Espinosa, Instituto Alumnos has assembled a contemporary art collection of more than 400 artworks, which will operate as the main pedagogical resource to nourish the institute’s programme, making the artworks an instrument to obtain cognitive awareness and enhance critical and creative thinking.


Vernacular Institute

Staging projects with a performative approach and in playful settings, the Vernacular Institute engages with the Curatorial and the Editorial through alternative forms of open discourse.

Vernàcular Institute founded in 2014, following on from Publish and be Damned, a peripatetic project focused on art publication and independent art book fair since 2004. In the initial stage, Vernãcular Institute co-founded Index Art Book Fair (Mexico) in partnership with Casa Bosques and Pa/per View. Based in Taipei from 2015-2017, it collaborated with AAA (Asia Art Archive) initiating The Editorial as part of Taipei Biennial 2016, and lunched a series of One Day Bookshop in TCAC (Taipei Contemporary Art Center). Having relocated to Mexico City, Vernâcular Institute currently runs Vernácular Art Book Fair and Black Language Book Club with a focus on contemporary independent publishing and editorial experiments, and an international residency programme to develop bilateral cultural exchange with the aim of building a long-term dialogue between artists and curators in the Latin America and Asia. Vernäcular Institute was founded by Kit Hammonds and is now run by Jo Ying Peng.