Asian Cultural Council
|Asian Cultural Council|
Geographic purview of the ACC
|Formation||1980 (1963 as Asian Cultural Program)|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Location||New York City
|Region served||USA and Asia|
The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) (traditional Chinese: 亞洲文化協會; simplified Chinese: 亚洲文化协会; pinyin: Yàzhōu Wénhuà Xiéhuì; Cantonese Yale: Ajāu Màhnfa Hipwúi; Japanese: アジアン・カルチュラル・カウンシル; Korean: 아시아 문화 협회) is an American non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to Asian-American cultural exchange in the areas of visual and performing arts.
The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) is a nonprofit organization that awards individual fellowships, travel grants, and grants to institutions to support work that fosters exchange between Asia and the US. ACC also funds regional travel within Asia. ACC fellowships to individuals include not only cash grants to cover the costs of international travel, per diem expenses, and research activity, but also substantial program support, which may take the form of professional guidance, introductions to artists and other cultural leaders, and extensive logistical assistance. Grant recipients have access to a broad network in Asia and the United States, and ACC maintains active relationships with alumni grantees long past their fellowship terms.
Created in 1963 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, ACC's grant program is today funded by endowment income and by annual contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations with an interest in promoting inter-cultural dialogue, understanding, and respect.
The Asian Cultural Council supports international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange and nurtures the individual talents of artists and scholars in Asia and the United States. Asian Cultural Council grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States or citizens and permanent residents of the countries of Asia, from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia.
ACC's geographic areas of interest are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and United States of America.
Grants are made to artists, administrators, professionals and scholars in the following fields, including both traditional and contemporary arts: anthropology; archaeology; architecture (design, theory, and history); art history; arts administration; conservation; crafts; dance; design (not commercial); film, video, & photography; literature (Japan-U.S. Arts Program only); multiple disciplines, museum studies; music; theater, and visual art.
Asian-American cultural exchange programs are funded by a range of endowment donors, ranging from multi-national corporations, to large charitable foundations, to smaller individual contributions from across the globe.
Apart from the endowment donors, the ACC Grant program also receives long-term support from annual and multi-year funds, contributed by committed donors. In the past, such contributions have led to major succession in the growth of the Asian Cultural Council by expanding the council works across Asia, allowing such programs to be accessible to developing countries as well as influencing more nations to understand the importance of cultural exchange between ethnic groups. Asian Cultural Council supporters come from across the globe, reflect a rich diversity of cultures and backgrounds, and enjoy the impact of their gift in the extraordinary work of ACC artists. The stories these donors tell resound in the remarkable legacy of 50 years of cultural exchange, of artists and scholars transformed, and of the geography of the world redrawn through a network of new works and new voices joined in the spirit of true cross-cultural dialogue.
John D. Rockefeller III Award
The ACC presents the John D. Rockefeller III Award of the Asian Cultural Council to an individual from Asia or the United States who has made a significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia. This award for outstanding professional achievement commemorates the deep and long standing interest of John D. Rockefeller III in Asian art and culture.
- 1986: John M. Rosenfield, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University
- 1987: José Maceda, Chairman, Department of Music, Research College of Music, University of the Philippines
- 1988: James R. Brandon, Professor, Department of Drama and Theatre, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
- 1990: Sherman E. Lee, Former Director, The Cleveland Museum of Art
- 1991: Chou Wen-chung, Director, Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange, Columbia University
- 1992: Kapila Vatsyayan, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
- 1993: Donald Richie, Film critic and writer, Tokyo
- 1995: Setsu Asakura, Stage designer, Tokyo
- 1997: Beate Gordon, Arts consultant and writer, New York
- 1998: Nguyen Van Huy, Director, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi
- 1999: Proeung Chhieng, Dean, Faculty of Choreographic Arts, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh
- 2000: Ellen Stewart, Founder and Artistic Director, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New York
- 2002: Yang Meiqi, Founder, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou
- 2003: Judy Mitoma, Director, Center for Intercultural Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
- 2006: Lin Hwai-min, Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Taipei
- 2007: Nestor O. Jardin, President, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
- 2008: Ratan Thiyam, Founder and Director, Chorus Repertory Theatre, Manipur
- 2010: Samina Quraeshi, Writer, Artist, Designer, Shepard/Quraeshi Associates, Inc., Boston
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Award
The Asian Cultural Council established the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Award in 2009 in honor of John D. Rockefeller 3rd’s wife, who served as the ACC’s first chair and who shared her husband's passion for the arts and cultures of Asia. The award recognizes individuals who believe in the mission of the ACC to support the arts by bringing together creative people through the unique channel of cultural exchange and have made an outstanding contribution to international cultural exchange.
- 2009: Dr. Deanna Ruth Tak Yung Rudgard, O.B.E., Non-executive Director, Hysan Development Company Limited
- 2012: Seiji Tsutsumi, President, The Saison Foundation
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