Asian Cultural Council, Inc.

aka ACC   |   New York, NY   |  www.asianculturalcouncil.org

Mission

The Asian Cultural Council advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world. This mission is accomplished through fellowships and other programs that support individual artists, scholars, and arts professionals.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Judy Kim

Main address

333 W. 39th Street Suite 1502

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

JDR 3rd Fund

EIN

13-3018822

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Asian Cultural Council deepens international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

New York Fellowship Program (Asia-to-U.S. only)

The New York Fellowship Program enables artists, scholars, and arts specialists from Asia to live in New York City for a period of six months while receiving comprehensive logistical and programmatic support from ACC staff. This program is intended for research, exploration, and cultural immersion. It is not intended for exhibiting, performing, presenting, or other public activities. Please see our General Eligibility Guidelines for details on the disciplines and countries that are eligible: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/grant-categories

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Academics

The Individual Fellowship Program is open to individuals (or two collaborators) undertaking trips ranging from one to six months for research, study, or exploration. Dissertation research is also supported in this category with partial funding offered for up to one year. Please see our General Eligibility Guidelines for details on the disciplines and countries that are eligible: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/grant-categories

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Academics

This grant is open to individuals (or two collaborators) seeking modest financial support for travel of less than one month. Applicants may also apply in this category for longer-term projects that have other sources of funding and require additional funding only for travel-related expenses.

Because ACC prioritizes immersive cultural exchange, short-term travel proposals should make a compelling case for in-depth engagement and/or sustained impact beyond the proposed trip.

Please see our General Eligibility Guidelines for details on the disciplines and countries that are eligible: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/grant-categories

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Academics

ACC gives a small number of scholarships each year to students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program in the United States in one of the eligible disciplines. This funding may be used for travel and living expenses, but will not be sufficient to cover full tuition costs. Applicants who have not yet received an admissions offer are welcome to apply for an ACC scholarship, but ACC must receive proof of admission before funding can be awarded.

Competitive applicants are those pursuing study abroad because comparable programs are not available in the applicant’s home country. Priority will be given to fields that are underrepresented in the applicant’s home country.

Scholarships are given for one year at a time, but recipients may reapply in successive years and are likely to receive renewed support if they remain a student in good standing. For Ph.D. candidates, ACC is generally not able to offer funding for more than five years.Please see our General Eligibility Guidelines for details on the disciplines and countries that are eligible: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/grant-categories

Population(s) Served
Students

The majority of ACC’s funding is awarded directly to individuals, but organizations that are facilitating a cultural exchange opportunity for individual project participants may apply on their behalf. Artist-led projects involving collaboration between three or more individuals are also considered in this category. All applicants in this category must have either official non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor. The duration and scope of projects may range. Please see our General Eligibility Guidelines for details on the disciplines and countries that are eligible: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/grant-categories

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Asian Cultural Council’s mission is to advance international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world.

In 2018, the Asian Cultural Council completed a Strategic Study which was approved at ACC’s fall Board meeting in Yokohama and positioned ACC on a path of continued self-evaluation, stabilization, and growth. The Strategic Study identifies clear and realistic goals that will guide ACC’s work in the coming years. From 2019-2021, the ACC will focus on: (1) financial sustainability and growth; (2) addressing challenges, evaluating impact, and strategically expanding ACC’s program; (3) board development and governance; and (4) communications and technology.

The ACC fulfills its mission through fellowships and other programs that support individual artists, scholars, and arts professionals.

In 2020, ACC will continue to implement its fellowship program, awarding, administering, designing and guiding an anticipated 60 fellowships to artists and scholars chosen from approximately 550 applicants. In addition to maintaining this core grant making program and
providing and enhancing the current level of highly customized program services for our grantees, ACC will continue to expand in the effort to produce public programs. These programs engage alumni and provide opportunities for cross-field exploration, as well as advancing international dialogue, connection, partnership, understanding, and respect, all in service to ACC’s vision of a world made more harmonious through cultural understanding and respect.

This will be evidenced in the continuation of ACC’s annual lecture series East-West Dialogues. This series engages leaders from the arts and cultural fields in Asia and the West, enhancing ACC’s capacity for public engagement around its mission of cultural exchange and understanding. ACC will also build on the success of its 2017 ACC Forum: Making the Case for Cultural Exchange, and its 2018 panel on international artist residencies (in partnership with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and La MaMa E.T.C.) to produce convenings of arts and cultural exchange practitioners to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among individuals working in the field and the larger community.

Headquartered in New York, with offices and partners foundations in Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo, ACC has enabled over five decades of cross-cultural engagement and built an extensive network of exceptional alumni.

The ACC celebrated its 55th Anniversary in 2018, and throughout history it has supported creative individuals working in 16 disciplines and 26 countries. In 2019, ACC made 69 grants, a total grant of over $1.3M to 47 individuals, 20 organizations and 2 public programs, across 16 fields from 19 different countries.

By connecting our grantees across borders, we catalyze enduring relationships that sow the seeds for lifelong partnerships, and advance international understanding and respect. Today, ACC’s greatest asset is a powerful global alumni network of leaders in the arts, bound by the shared experience of discovery of the self and the other through cultural exchange. Every day, their commitment furthers our collective progress towards a more harmonious and peaceful world.

Financials

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Asian Cultural Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Wendy O'Neill

Ernest Escaler

Escaler & Co.

Jonathan Fanton

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Douglas Hsu

The Far Eastern Group

Tonia Hsu

Far Eastern New Century Corporation

Hans Michael Jebsen

Jebsen & Co.

Julie Kohn

Josie Natori

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Wendy O'Neill

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Carol Rattray

Zoomdojo

Missie Rennie

The Asia Foundation

Charles Rockefeller

Composite Apps, Inc.

David Rockefeller, Jr.

Rockefeller Capital Management

Valerie Rockefeller

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Ruby Shang

Dan Swift

Redbird Capital

John Witt

Jardine Matheson Holdings

Mercedes Zobel

Women for Women International

YiLing Mao

Art Collectives

Janet Nathanail

Susan Rockefeller

Musings Magazine

Kazuko Aso

DansDans

Ben Harburg

MSA Capital

Anne Pierson

The English Concert in America

Sundaram Tagore

Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Yoichiro Ushioda

LIXIL Ushioda East Asian Humanities Initiative

Shannon Wu

Yu (Jenny) Zeng

MSA Capital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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