Arts and Culture

The Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) was formed in 1980 to continue the work of the Asian Cultural Program, established in 1963 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd and supported by the JDR 3rd Fund until its dissolution in 1979. Like its predecessor, the ACC fosters cultural exchange between Asian countries and the United States through grants to talented individuals for work in the visual and performing arts and the humanities. Artists, scholars, and researchers in diverse disciplines have used ACC funds to preserve and document the traditional arts in Asia, to create new work, to develop Asian cultural studies in American universities, and to present Asian cultural programs in the United States. The ACC is defined by an intensive curatorial methodology: selecting individuals, providing tailored advising as well as personal and programming support, and maintaining a network of alumni and cultural leaders worldwide. In 1991, the RBF entered into a special arrangement with the ACC, housing the organization in the Fund’s offices for several years, engaging in joint fundraising efforts, and making annual grants toward its general support. The ACC now has its own headquarters in New York City, with other offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, and Taipei. 

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