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The mission of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is to spark intercultural discovery through art, education and engagement.
Established in 1965, the Chinese Culture Foundation sparks intercultural discovery through visual art, education, and engagement.
The Chinese Culture Foundation serves as the hub for intercultural engagement in Chinatown, as well as within the city known for its diversity and multiculturalism. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, our vision is to contribute to a vibrant community by bringing people together. Last year over 148,000 people participated in art and cultural programs, including 10,000 youth and school children.
The Visual Art Center exhibits cutting edge work by contemporary artists. We focus on supporting artists who are "unseen gems" whose careers and artistic influence would benefit greatly with our support. Many of our artists have subsequently won important honors, and have gone on to worldwide influence through shows in Madrid, Hangzhou, Miami, and New York. Locally, the Visual Art Center also seeks to revitalize the community through public art, creating unique murals, storefront art, and a pop-up gallery in Chinatown.
The Him Mark Lai Learning Center promotes understanding of our multi-cultural democracy through the lens of the Chinese American story. Through walking tours of Chinatown, excursions to sites across the greater Bay Area, a guided journey to China, and many other educational activities, the public can gain new insights into the past and be inspired to help shape the future.
Free outdoor festivals also present opportunities to enrich the community. In 2015, we will organize four festivals that will feature a variety of dance and music that ranges across the full spectrum from traditional to modern, and across many cultures.
The Foundation is recognized as a successful pillar organization in the City, and is poised to advance to the next level of effectiveness by becoming a leader in the arena of art and cultural interchange on a national and international level.