Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) established Pao Arts Center in 2017 as a visionary cross-sector partnership. Located at 99 Albany Street in downtown Boston, Pao Arts Center is Chinatown’s first arts and cultural center.
Pao Arts Center represents the investment and belief that arts, culture, and creativity are vital to the creation of healthy families and vibrant communities. By bringing together community members across generations, the Center reclaims a critical part of Chinatown history.
Our mission is to celebrate and strengthen the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community of Chinatown and Greater Boston through access to culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs. Pao Arts Center functions in service of BCNC’s and BHCC’s goals to support the social well-being, economic success, and education of their constituents.
Our vision is that in the face of the gentrification of Chinatown and inequitable access to resources that enable cultural agency, Pao Arts Center promotes cultural equity in Greater Boston for the API community.
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