The mission of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) is dedicated to elevating underserved communities and giving voice to equality through education and contemporary art.
Founded in 1965, CCC emerged from the Civil Rights Movement to be the art and culture anchor for San Francisco’s Chinatown and the Asian American community in the city at-large. From its base in Chinatown, CCC creates spaces for contemporary artistic expressions, education, and creative engagement that build healthy communities and advance a plurality of Chinese diasporic voices.
As our communities recover from COVID-19, CCC remains firmly committed to championing the voices of the underserved, connecting the most innovative artists with the community, and to reshape our narrative through bold and relevant creativity. These expressions are fundamental for building vibrant, healthy communities in the coming months.
CCC is one of California’s leading cultural platforms drawing from a network of 500+ artists. Our core work is based on:
1) Community, citywide, national and international sharing of innovative contemporary art through exhibitions, performances, touring and online projects housed in the CCC Visual Arts Center
2) Art engagement activities housed under the Him Mark Lai Learning Center that educates participants about Chinese American history and culture through experiential learning, provides insight into artwork, and build critical thinking through programs such as ArtBuds for pre-K kids and Chinatown Walking Tour
3) Building a “Museum Without Walls,” an engagement strategy to move beyond gallery walls to deploy arts in storefronts, sidewalks, parks, alleyways, & other social service spaces
CCC is a safe cultural space, a bridge that brings people together to dialogue and engage with the creativity of contemporary artists and empower community voices.
During Shelter in Place, COVID-19 has exposed the deep inequities of our underserved communities across multiple sectors - health, economic, food security, to name a few. CCC is dedicating our work to the recovery and rebuilding of the community. Through creative initiatives and highly collaborative engagement projects, which connect artists to the community as creative facilitators, narrative builders, and thought partners, CCC will mobilize artists to work side by side with neighborhood service organizations. This lays the groundwork for the community to move forward.
Your donation will uplift the diverse voices impacted by the crisis. Art is an essential part of our community and heritage, connecting us to one another, telling our history, and building cultural pathways for the next generation. Please consider donating to share our underserved communities’ stories.