About CAAC


Chinese American Arts Council (CAAC) was established in 1975 to meet the cultural needs of the expanding Chinese community in New York City. The organization's primary missions are:

  • To preserve the Chinese heritage within its own community and to introduce its culture to the greater New York community;
  • To support art presentation and engagement opportunities for Asian artists and cultural organizations;

In essence, CAAC aims to be the arts liaison to the Chinese community. Programs at CAAC are developed to benefit the public.

Today CAAC is one of the largest Chinese American arts presentation and service organizations in New York. It presents many events annually at Lincoln Center, Chinatown, Flushing and many other locations in New York City and is recognized by the city and state agencies as the arts liaison including but not limited to the Chinese American community. The programs at CAAC are developed for the purposes of:

  • Preserving the cultural heritage of Chinese American;
  • Introducing the best of Chinese culture to all demographics;
  • Providing Asian performing and visual artists opportunities to express their talents and creativity;
  • Promoting the continuous exchange among artists and within the community;
  • Ensuring the continuous and vigorous development of Chinese cultural art forms;

Activities & Outreach

CAAC's year-round activities include:

  • Producing performances featuring traditional and modern Chinese theater, dance, vocal and instrumental concerts by artists of high caliber and renown;
  • Presenting visual art exhibitions annually in its own Gallery 456 and other sites;
  • Hosting regular art forums to facilitate exchange within the artist community and the participants, the formats range from lecture, talk and screening;
  • Maintaining a slide registry of artists biographies in both Visual and Performing arts;
  • Assisting in traditional theater research for performing artists and arts organizations, such as staging, costume, design and other related fields;
  • Assisting and coordinating events at the request of cultural and educational institutes;