Pao Arts Center

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc

Funding Received: 2016
Boston, MA
Funding Period: 3 years and 5 months

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.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Dec 3, 2018
Asian Americans and Asian immigrants face unique challenges navigating daily life. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Network provides holistic family-centered and cultural programs for more than... Read More
Recent research commissioned by ArtPlace demonstrates how arts and culture strategies can help provide solutions to public health challenges faced by communities across the United...Read more
With our focus this month on public safety, the ArtPlace team thought October would be the perfect time to re-introduce one of our most comprehensive...Read more
This is part two of a two part interview with the Pao Arts Center. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center received funding from ArtPlace in 2016...Read more
In May 2017, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center finally achieved its goal of creating a communal arts center in the heart of Boston’s historic Chinatown...Read more