About the Chinese Culture Center

Shaped by resistance, endurance and imagination, the Chinese Culture Center (CCC) ignites art interventions, engaging youth and residents, across generations and cultures. In so doing, we shift the dominant narrative about Chinese Americans, transform perceptions and empower underserved communities.

CCC is a community-based arts nonprofit. Our work is based in Chinatown and San Francisco’s open and public spaces, and other art institutions. Our mission 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 Chinese Culture 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 2012, over 45,000 visitors engaged in CCC programs.

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.

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 it 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 it 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








CCF Founders at our inception