Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) empowers Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities by providing a broad range of innovative and family-centered programs and services to more than 13,000 children, youth, and adults every year. BCNC opened Pao Arts Center

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) empowers Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities by providing a broad range of innovative and family-centered programs and services to more than 13,000 children, youth, and adults every year. BCNC opened Pao Arts Center in 2017 to be Boston’s dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space. The Center celebrates and strengthens the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community through access to culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs.

About the Organization:

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) empowers Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities by providing a broad range of innovative and family-centered programs and services to more than 13,000 children, youth, and adults every year. BCNC opened Pao Arts Center in 2017 to be Boston’s dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space. The Center celebrates and strengthens the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community through access to culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Despite Boston’s cultural diversity, the City’s arts and culture sector remains siloed, hindering equitable access to resources and perpetuating a systemic imbalance in representation of minority communities. The need for equitable support and representation is particularly urgent within Boston’s Chinatown, in which years of gentrification have steadily displaced long-time residents and eroded the shared cultural heritage, mutual networks of support, and social capital. The pandemic has amplified these challenges, as financial stress and burgeoning anti-Asian xenophobia have further isolated the predominantly immigrant community within a City where they are not represented.

The Solution:

Pao Arts Center aims to respond to needs related to a lack of visibility in the local arts sector, equitable access to resources, and restoring community through a tailored portfolio of exhibitions and artist support programs. These programs simultaneously give voice to the Asian community and help community members heal from the trauma caused by the pandemic and the pervasive anti-Asian racism that has swelled as a result. In highlighting the agency and resilience of Chinatown’s residents, the programs also inspire them to reimagine their future – to find place in an era of displacement.

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