Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

CCC is a hub that uplifts neighborhood identity, values artistic development, and brings together diverse people, while sparking relevant dialogues through timely partnerships, community engagement, and high-quality productions.

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

CCC is a hub that uplifts neighborhood identity, values artistic development, and brings together diverse people, while sparking relevant dialogues through timely partnerships, community engagement, and high-quality productions. While we are rooted in the Chinatown neighborhood, CCC is also far-reaching in reputation and impact, attracting national and international acclaim by NEA, Warhol Foundation, ArtForum, SF Arts Monthly. Moreover, our cross-sector partnerships with social justice and social service organizations also distinguish our approach in the field. CCC has also developed an unprecedented pipeline of talented cultural workers and artists that are at the top of the field. Recently in 2021, CCC Curator Hoi Leung was named one of five game-changer curators by SF Arts Monthly. Three CCC Asian American Bay Area artists were selected as finalists for SFMOMA’s prestigious SECA award. CCC’s goal is to shift the narrative about Asian Americans and produce more pluralistic narratives. As such, CCC evaluates artistic outcomes, artist development outcomes, and community outcomes. Across our varying programs, our organic, rigorous approach tracks and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data that includes but is not limited to surveys, interviews, observations, written feedback, demographic & audience data, content of work produced,and number & content of media. CCC is also committed to strong documentation and evaluation for the project to enable us to make the case for future support amongst new and continuing funders. Our evaluation is supported by a robust communications strategy, which includes mini-documentaries, multilingual press outreach, advocacy with legislators, and ongoing conversations with civic and foundation grantmakers, both in the arts and across sectors.

About the Organization:

CCC is a hub that uplifts neighborhood identity, values artistic development, and brings together diverse people, while sparking relevant dialogues through timely partnerships, community engagement, and high-quality productions. While we are rooted in the Chinatown neighborhood, CCC is also far-reaching in reputation and impact, attracting national and international acclaim by NEA, Warhol Foundation, ArtForum, SF Arts Monthly. Moreover, our cross-sector partnerships with social justice and social service organizations also distinguish our approach in the field. CCC has also developed an unprecedented pipeline of talented cultural workers and artists that are at the top of the field. Recently in 2021, CCC Curator Hoi Leung was named one of five game-changer curators by SF Arts Monthly. Three CCC Asian American Bay Area artists were selected as finalists for SFMOMA’s prestigious SECA award. CCC’s goal is to shift the narrative about Asian Americans and produce more pluralistic narratives. As such, CCC evaluates artistic outcomes, artist development outcomes, and community outcomes. Across our varying programs, our organic, rigorous approach tracks and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data that includes but is not limited to surveys, interviews, observations, written feedback, demographic & audience data, content of work produced,and number & content of media. CCC is also committed to strong documentation and evaluation for the project to enable us to make the case for future support amongst new and continuing funders. Our evaluation is supported by a robust communications strategy, which includes mini-documentaries, multilingual press outreach, advocacy with legislators, and ongoing conversations with civic and foundation grantmakers, both in the arts and across sectors.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

The Issue:

As the home and foundation to CCC’s work, San Francisco’s Chinatown is at the frontier of immigrant rights, neighborhood preservation, and racial equity, representing one of the most important neighborhood models in the world. By creating opportunities for contemporary art to engage the neighborhood and marginalized voices, CCC cultivates the cultural power of Asian America–one that is pluralistic, diasporic, inclusive, and cutting-edge. The work of CCC directly addresses the emerging needs and trends related to shaping an Asian American creative culture: There is an Asian American cultural renaissance among us and few opportunities for the community to shape its own identity and narrative. On a neighborhood level, harsh realities of pervasive, cyclical, and disempowofering stories of trauma & racism impact our capacity for community joy, imagination, and hope. There is a rising acknowledgement of San Francisco Chinatown as a "symbolic home" for the ethos of Asian American resiliency How can the community move away from reaction mode to proactive mode? Can our communities go from survival to thriving?

The Solution:

CCC is a hub that uplifts neighborhood identity, values artistic development, and brings together diverse people, while sparking relevant dialogues through timely partnerships, community engagement, and high-quality productions. OUR APPROACH CCC specializes in developing artists and community curators as a vital part of community infrastructure. We center on “place-based” and “people-based” approaches that enhances a sense of identity, place, and care that contributes to long-term change. We prioritize inclusive creativity & belonging. OUR SOLUTION: Concretely, we have designed longstanding programs that contribute to building a pluralistic Asian American visual culture rooted in SF’s Chinatown, such as: Exhibition projects that spark dialogue on equality, justice, and global concerns while directly supporting marginalized artists; Public artistic activations that transform everyday spaces into artistic venues; Community-based art projects that incubate artists to work in an environment that balances experimentation and community engagement, while empowering community members to be creative agents through co-creation & participation. Neighborhood Tours where the stories of art and social justice histories reframe our understanding of place and identity. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS With a spirit of innovation, experimentation, and excellence, we have a longstanding and consistent track record of presenting bold art with social transformation: “XianRui” (Since 2008) uplifts under-recognized mid-career artists of Chinese descent with a significant solo exhibition “Present Tense” (Since 2009) brings together diverse emerging artists locally & internationally in group exhibitions to explore timely & relevant issues such as gentrification, xenophobia, & censorship WOMEN我們 (Since 2010), an exhibition platform exploring the intersections of LGBTQ+ and feminist spaces, communities, movements “Dawn_chorusiii” (2021), led by Bay Area artist Sofia Cordova, the 2-year creative collaboration between artist & multiracial team of refugee women to culminate a multidisciplinary fantastical film that envisions a liberatory future. Artist Summer Mei Ling Lee’s “Liminal Space/Crossings” (2017) drew on her year-long research into Chinatown history & storytelling workshops with SRO (Single Room Occupant) residents to create a permanent outdoor art projection in Ross Alley “Women in Chinatown” (2018), a 7-month artist mentorship & commission project that supports 3 emerging women artists to create site-specific works to explore power, access, and gender equity in immigrant communities

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