South Asia Institute

South Asia Institute (SAI) cultivates the art and culture of South Asia and its diaspora through curated exhibitions, innovative programs and educational initiatives. SAI is located on Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s historic Motor Row, part of the Prairie District. Built in 1911 in the second empire style of architecture, the building that houses South Asia Institute is a registered national landmark.  

SAI collaborates locally and globally to engage diverse communities with enriching and creative experiences. We support artistic production by emerging and established  artists, and foster cultural appreciation for the South Asian diaspora. 

As one of the only nonprofit cultural centers dedicated to the arts and culture of South  Asia in North America, SAI curates art exhibitions, produces cultural and musical  performances, screens independent films and facilitates lectures, seminars and  workshops. To discover more about South Asia Institute, visit

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