MISSION

About the Chinese Culture Center

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is a community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965. The mission of the Chinese Culture Foundation is  to spark intercultural discovery through art, education and engagement.

 

Visit CCC!
Office Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-6:00pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

 


Founded on October 15, 1965 in San Francisco, the Foundation grew, thrived and adapted to being a premiere center for intercultural discovery. Chinese Culture Center (CCC) opened as CCF’s primary program site in 1973. Centrally located between Chinatown and the Financial District, the Center engages a broad spectrum of audiences from the Chinese community, the city at large, and the greater Bay Area, as well as visitors from across the US and from other countries

In its 48 years of work, CCC has played a pioneering role in introducing Chinese culture to the American public through exhibitions and public programming of a broad spectrum of Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic works in multiple disciplines: Visual Arts, Literature, Music and Theater.

Centrally located between Chinatown and the Financial District, the Center attracts a broad spectrum of audiences from the Chinese community, the city at large, and the greater Bay Area, as well as visitors from across the US and from other countries.  In 2012, over 45,000 visitors engaged in CCC programs.

Visual Arts- The CCC has produced over 100 groundbreaking exhibits that have evolved over time using various modalities, artists, and styles to capture a contemporary pulse.   Today, the CCC features its annual “Xian Rui” (Fresh and Sharp) exhibition, and the “Present Tense” biennial series as well as regular exhibits and seminars open to the public throughout the year.

Public Programs – The CCC’s major annual public program is the Spring Festival Celebration, coinciding with the Lunar New Year. This 2-day event consists of music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and arts and crafts vendors.  CCC also serves as a performing arts presenter, and in its recent history has instated annual musical events, including the Chinatown Music Festival and Winter Concert.

Education - The CCC holds regular language and culture classes on a quarterly basis, and continues to prioritize cultural exchange with China as part of its yearly curriculum. At the center, students can enroll in Mandarin language, music, and art classes, and the center also provides the wider community with opportunities to study martial arts and language in China several times throughout the year.

“Thirty Years of the Chinese Culture Foundation and Twenty-Two Years of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco”
by Him Mark Lai

舊金山中華文化中心概況

舊金山中華文化基金會成立於一九六五年,其宗旨是弘揚和發展中華藝術和文化。中華文化中心是該基金會的第一個發展項目,於一九七三年啟用。

在其四十五年的歷史中,中華文化中心一直通過舉辦多種多樣的展覽和演出向美國公眾介紹中國傳統和當代視覺藝術、文學、音樂和戲劇,是推動美中文化交流的一支先鋒力量。

位於舊金山華埠和金融區之間核心區域的中華文化中心,吸引了大量來自華人社區、舊金山市、灣區、美國乃至全世界眾多的參觀者。僅二零一零年,參與中華文化中心各種活動的便達到三萬三千餘人。

視覺藝術-中華文化中心至今已經舉辦過逾百個開創性的藝術展覽,以各種形式、不同的藝術家和多姿多彩的風格來把握現今時代的脈搏。今年,中華文化中心除了繼續向公眾提供常規的展覽和講習課程之外,特別隆重推出一年一度的「鮮銳」藝術展覽和兩年一度的「現在時」系列展覽。
公眾活動項目-
中華文化中心每年最重要的公眾活動項目是慶祝農曆新年的春節慶會。這個為期兩天的盛大活動,內容包括歌舞、武術表演和各種工藝品展銷。中華文化中心近年還主辦過多個年度音樂表演盛會,包括華埠音樂會和冬季音樂會。
教育-中華文化中心每季都舉辦若干個語言和文化的技能講習班,還將繼續舉中國合作,每年向公眾提供一些文化交流的課程。在中心內,學員可以上國語、音樂和各種藝術的學習班。中心每年也向公眾提供數次前往中國學習武術和中文的機會。

CCF Founders at our inception