Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor

Mission Statement:

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is a community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965. The mission of the Chinese Culture Foundation is  to spark intercultural discovery through art, education and engagement.


Founded on October 15, 1965 in San Francisco, the 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.

Upcoming Events at Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

Recent News

Chinese Culture Center News - December 28, 2018

We want to thank you for your support and a wonderful 2018! It has been a landmark year of building and serving our community.As the year comes to a close, CCC is incredibly proud to share that XianRui: 10 Years is named in Hyperallergic's 2018 Best…

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Support Prop E: Arts For Everyone!

This Tuesday, November 6, San Francisco voters have an opportunity to increase arts and culture funding for our city, especially for our underserved communities, without raising taxes - simply by voting Yes on Prop E! But with only 5 days until…

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Condolences to the Passing of Dr. Rolland Lowe

Chinese Culture Center is deeply saddened on the passing of Dr. Rolland Lowe on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Dr. Lowe was a true community pillar and gamechanger. He dedicated his life to the betterment of Chinatown and San Francisco with his…

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Chinese Culture Center News - May 28, 2017

CCC is Finalist for the Robert E. Gard Award    CCC is proud to be a finalist for the Robert E. Gard Award, celebrating national excellence in integration of the arts into the community in meaningful ways for its Chinatown Alleyways…

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Chinese Culture Center News - April 11, 2017

New Website Is Here! CCC is excited to announce a new website for the Chinese Culture Center.The new website is updated to make content easy to read and find, as well as be mobile and tablet compatible.Please change your bookmarks to…

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We Pledge to Save Our Arts and Families

The CCC is proud to be part of the Yes on Prop S ballot measure campaign. 1 in 25 public school kids in San Francisco are homeless. At the same time, artists and arts organizations have lost $300 million and are struggling to stay in San…

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Chinese Culture Center News - July 23, 2016

Building Our TownCCC invites you to join us in "Building Our Town," an anchor for a series of powerful art initiatives to build community and create a movement through art. Participate by joining in or contributing! Here is a sneak peek of upcoming…

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Join CCC and Arts Coalition to Support Funding for the Arts

We would like to share that the CCC is a proud member of the Arts Coalition to advocate for funding for the arts on the ballot this fall. The measure, if passed, will re-allocate a percentage of San Francisco's Hotel Tax Fund back to its original…

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Chinese Culture Center News - May 28, 2016

ONGOING41 Ross: 3650Exhibition: May 20- July 24, 2016Location: 41 RossHours: Thus-Sun, 11-4pmThrough a local journalist's lens, 3650 tells a story about a Chinatown Single Room Occupancy resident and his American Dream. The story not only reveals…

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Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco News - May 4, 2016

HAPPY ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH:Celebrate Summer of Art Summer is around the corner. We invite you to build community and bring people together on a journey to experience art without walls in CCC's"Summer of Art. See the full programming…

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Finalists Announced: St. Mary's Public Art Project

Finalists Announced: St. Mary's Public Art ProjectChinese Culture Center is proud to announce three finalists to submit full proposals for the new public art work.  After a lengthy and careful deliberation, St. Mary's Square Public Art Project…

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Chinese Culture Center News - March 20, 2016

Pacific CrossingThe CCC welcomes pioneer historian, Elizabeth Sinn, to San Francisco for her first stop in a multi-city American lecture series.Professor Sinn will be in San Francisco to speak on her recent book, "Pacific Crossing: California Gold,…

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Chinese Culture Center News - February 11, 2016

RETRIEVED: The Art of Looking BackOpening Reception: Friday, February 19, 2016 Time: 6pm-8pmLocation: CCC Visual Art Center750 Kearny St. 3/F, SFSF Camerawork, 1011 Market St. SFFor more program details and talks, please visit RetrievedCall for…

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How to Empower Vital Cultural and Social Identities in a Rapidly Changing World

We Invite You to Read Professor Gordon H. Chang's Latest Writing, History of the Chinese Culture Center in the 21st CenturyDistinguished professor and writer of Asian American history, Gordon H. Chang, brings to life the contemporary history of the…

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Gordon H. Chang's 'History of the Chinese Culture Center in the 21st Century'

Distinguished professor and writer of Asian American history, Gordon H. Chang, brings to life the history of the Chinese Culture Foundation--from its inception in Chinatown during the Civil rights era, fomenting its identity through its…

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The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco Presents The 6th Annual Chinatown Music Festival

In celebration of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is proud to announce the return of the Chinatown Music Festival for its sixth consecutive year. This celebration will bring music and cultural…

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Chinese Culture Center News - July 27, 2015

Sky Bridge Unveiling Ceremony Friday, July 31 10 AM Sky Bridge Unveiling Ceremony "Central Subway Temporary Art Finale"You are invited to unveil Sky Bridge, the Central Subway Temporary Art Finale.  Read More  Celebrate and meet Xian…

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Chinese Culture Center News - May 29, 2015

Torched Lives - A Moving Journey to Monterey June 6th, 2015  Depart at 8.30 am  Return by 7.30 pm"Torched lives - A Moving Journey to Monterey." To register, contact  Christy Xu 415-986-1822, ext 30  As part of an ongoing series from the…

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Congrats to the 1st Chinese American Female GM at Recology - Minna Tao

Congratulations to CCF Co-chair Minna Tao on her promotion as Recology's first Chinese American female General Manager. We are thrilled to celebrate her amazing accomplishment. Minna's extraordinary leadership sets an exemplary example for women and…

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Last Call to Join Locke Tour

We invite you on fantastic opportunity to learn about the amazing contributions that Chinese made to building much of the foundational infrastructure of California and indeed, the American West. Locke is the only town designed, built, and inhabited…

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Chinese Culture Center News - February 16, 2015

Happy New Year Celebrating Five Decades of Intercultural Engagement  A bi-monthly newsletter connecting art with community buildingHappy Year of the Ram! The Chinese Culture Center is open on Chinese New Year, Feb. 19th. Join us for a special Year…

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Call For Artists: Present Tense 2015

The Chinese Culture Foundation is pleased to announce an open call to currently enrolled graduate level artists for its Present Tense exhibition. Launched in 2007, Present Tense strives to provide a platform for young and emerging artists in the Bay…

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Chinese Culture Center News - October 9, 2014

Him Mark Lai Learning CenterLocke: Exploring an original Chinese American TownWe are very pleased that so many of you could join us on our October 4th trip to Locke. We look forward to the next adventure in 2015 for Locke's 100th anniversary and…

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Chinese Culture Foundation News - June 12, 2014

Visual ArtsGroundbreaking Artists Presenting Online at ARTstor by Chinese Culture FoundationWe are excited to announce that the Chinese Culture Foundation's collection is now live on ARTstor! The Foundation is sharing more than 450 images in the…

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Art Market Charity Auction

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco is honored to be a recipient of The San Francisco Foundation Charity Auction at this year's Art Market San Francisco. The San Francisco Foundation, a leading agent of Bay Area philanthropy, is the proud…

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Chinese Culture Foundation News - April 22, 2014

UPCOMING CHINATOWN KEYWORDS SCHOOL WORKSHOP EVENT  Sue Hui "Art, Nature and Ethics"April 29 4pm-6pm Forum April 30 Workshop (TBD)@41 Ross Alley, Chinatown, San Francisco We would like to invite you to a forum on the…

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Celebrate Spring Festival 2014

FEATURED PERFORMERSYau Kung MoonYau Kung Moon is now considered one on the best martial arts, lion dance, and dragon dance organizations in the world with over several thousand members and they are 7-time undefeated National Lion Dance…

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Exhibition: Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray

A Taiwanese artist, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s mature work, which incorporates styles over the course of his career, calligraphy, splashes of acrylic, and found materials such as sheets  of plastic, and is an abstract style that…

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Chinese Culture Center News - November 03, 2012

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Chinese Culture Center News - October 18, 2012

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Chinese Culture Center News - September 28, 2012

Women Exhibitionon view September 15 - December 8, 2012. 10- 4 PM750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA  With this exhibit, Women and LGBT artists have taken a huge stride toward the light and making their own destiny.Join us at Women…

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Chinese Culture Center News - September 13, 2012

I-Ching SeminarOctober 6, 2012, 2-4 PM  Seminar will be in the Cantonese dialectFor more info, contact, 415-986-1822 Harmony & Bliss 2012 Gala   October 13, 2012, 5 PM Enjoy an evening of wine and fine dining with 3…

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Chinese Culture Center News - August 31, 2012

Women ExhibitsOpens: Sept 15, Saturday 1-4 PMDates: September 15- November 30, 2012Cost: FreeWomen Exhibits features video works, installation art, drawings and paintings by a diverse array of female, male and LGBTQ artists. The title refers to the…

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