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Inside Chinatown Exhibition
Sep
12
to Dec 7

Inside Chinatown Exhibition

Popular Gate,  Jiayi Chen, 2019

Popular Gate, Jiayi Chen, 2019

Inside Chinatown features photography by eleven Chinatown community members who used photography to not only share the experiences, challenges, and successes found in their community, but also to author their own history of what it means to work and live in Boston’s Chinatown.

The exhibition is a culmination of six months of coursework where participants K.C., Qianying Guan, B.K., Barney Ko, Yingyan Liang, Kim Sit, Angela Soo Hoo, Heman Tang, Justine Wang, and Warren Wong learned about the neighborhood’s history and culture as well as the history of US Chinatowns, studied photography with New York-based photographer Katie Salisbury, and captured the stories they found to be important to Chinese American workers and residents in Chinatown.

This partnership project developed in collaboration with Loan Dao, PhD formerly of UMass, Boston and the Pao Arts Center. The Inside Chinatown project community coursework was funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Meet the Artist:  Joanne Chang
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artist: Joanne Chang

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Join us for an evening of conversation, wine, and delicious food with one of Boston’s most beloved chefs and James Beard Award winner, Joanne Chang!

Pastry Love is the latest cookbook by Joanne Chang and perhaps her most personal and comprehensive book yet. Come taste some of these treats—from salted almond chocolate toffee to mini raspberry meringues!—and bring home the recipes.

Your $75 ticket includes a signed copy of Pastry Love plus savory and sweet bites from Flour Bakery. Seating is limited, reserve your ticket now!

Proceeds support BCNC programs, including the Pao Arts Center.

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About the Author

An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne Chang left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. She is the chef and co-owner of Flour Bakery + Café, with nine locations in the Boston area, and Myers + Chang. She is the 2016 winner of the James Beard award for Outstanding Baker and the author of four acclaimed cookbooks. She lives in Boston.

 

This event is made possible thanks to our sponsor, Betty Szeto.

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Experience Chinatown Arts Festival
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Experience Chinatown Arts Festival

Hear, see, and create together at BCNC’s annual family-friendly arts festival! Join us for a day of arts and culture in Chinatown.

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Our featured artists, performers, and workshops: Boston Bhangra * Community Music Center of Boston * Circus Up * Henna Café * International Institute of New England - Flag-making * Jason Fei - Interactive Drumming * Lily Xie - Collaborative Map-making * Maple Leaf Dance Group * Museum of Fine Arts - Kite-making * Odaiko New England - Japanese Taiko Drumming * PRX Podcast Garage, Rayna Lo - Calligraphy * Residence Lab * Rex Mac * Shonool Malik - Kathak Dance * Pao Arts Center Senior Dance and Softball Group * Violin Viv * Wah Lum Kung Fu - Lion Dancing * Yosi Karahashi – Flamenco

Hungry for more? Show your Experience Chinatown program book at the following restaurants on September 28th, and receive these great deals from our partners!

All deals valid only on 9/28/2019.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jean Quintal.

Watch a video from last year’s Experience Chinatown here:

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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Opening Reception:  Inside Chinatown Exhibition
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Inside Chinatown Exhibition

Popular Gate,  Jiayi Chen, 2019

Popular Gate, Jiayi Chen, 2019

Join us as we celebrate community historians, K.C., Qianying Guan, B.K., Barney Ko, Yingyan Liang, Kim Sit, Angela Soo Hoo, Heman Tang, Justine Wang, and Warren Wong, whose photographs are on view in the Inside Chinatown Exhibitions.

The exhibition will be on view from September 12 through December 7, 2019.

Inside Chinatown features photography by eleven Chinatown community members who used photography to not only share the experiences, challenges, and successes found in their community, but also to author their own history of what it means to work and live in Boston’s Chinatown.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Quincy Family Fun Fair
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Quincy Family Fun Fair

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About the event:

Bring your family members of all ages to BCNC Quincy's second annual Family Fun Fair! 

This FREE event brings children and families together for an afternoon of outdoor summer fun and entertainment. Activities and attractions include arts and crafts, family competitions, a bouncy house, a petting zoo, and more. 

The day will also feature a reunion for BCNC Child Care Programs.

Volunteers needed to help with this event. Please click here to register.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jean Quintal, 617-603-2540.

Special thanks to our 50th Anniversary sponsors:

Nancy Wang Adams and Scott A. Schoen * Bank of America * The Blossom Fund * Capital One * Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation * Larry and Atsuko Fish * Harvard Pilgrim Health Care * Liberty Mutual Insurance * Ong Family Foundation * Eleanor and Frank Pao * Riemer Braunstein LLP * South Cove Community Health Center * State Street Corporation * TA Realty * TJX * Tufts Medical Center

Special thanks to our Quincy Family Fun Fair sponsors:

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Grand Opening of New BCNC Quincy
Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Grand Opening of New BCNC Quincy

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You are invited to the ribbon cutting and open house for our new location in Quincy Center. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. This event will serve as BCNC’s 2019 annual meeting.

Please use the form below to register for this free event.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Opening Reception: Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu

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Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with Yu-Wen Wu, artist-in-residence at the Pao Arts Center.

Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, the exhibition Leavings/Belongings at the Pao Arts Center includes photographs, video, and a site-specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity.

http://www.yuwenwu.com

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu
May
23
to Aug 23

Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu

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Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with  Yu-Wen Wu, artist-in-residence at the Pao Arts Center.

Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, the exhibition Leavings/Belongings at the Pao Arts Center includes photographs, video, and a site-specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity. 

http://www.yuwenwu.com

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Welcoming Reception: Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Welcoming Reception: Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show

Shrouded, Julio S. Flores, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

Shrouded, Julio S. Flores, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

POWER and PRIVILEGE — This exhibition explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations. These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized paradigms which restrict, impair or otherwise confine equity, justice and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege.

Curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Featuring twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members, Bunker Hill Community College. Participating faculty artists include Yong Chen, Gary Duehr,  Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Meet the Artists: Chef Jason Wang & Floral Designer Teresa Fung
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artists: Chef Jason Wang & Floral Designer Teresa Fung

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Ever want to learn how to reach your creative dreams? Come meet two local stars, US MasterChef finalist and TV food personality Jason Wang and floral designer and Instagram star Teresa Fung. These talented artists will share their journeys and demonstrate their craft.

$75 ticket includes wine plus dinner from a local Pan-Asian restaurant. Seating is limited, so register today!

Deadline for registration is Thursday, April 25, 2019. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

Special thanks to our hosts: SooJin and Dan Chu, Cindy Liu

 
 
 
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About the Artist: Jason Wang travels nationally and internationally as a chef, television host, food personality and educator.  Born and raised in the Boston area by parents who immigrated from Taiwan and China, Jason is best known for his nature-inspired plated dishes that fuse Western techniques with fresh Asian-themed flavors. In 2017, Jason was Runner-Up on the FOX Network’s ‘MasterChef US’ Season 8 hosted by celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and Christina Tosi. Judges made special note of Jason’s innovative flavors & artistic presentations and commended him for bringing an important global food awareness to American audiences.

Praised by Gordon Ramsay for having an encyclopedic food knowledge, Jason currently travels around the world giving lectures, holding classes and appearing as a frequent television guest on food-related programming. His ongoing projects include hosting his own show ‘Jason on Mission - 傑出任務’ on the FOX Taiwan Networks and other food and travel programs throughout Asia. Jason’s passion is to teach people how to incorporate unfamiliar ingredients into everyday cooking with an artistic eye for presentation.

When not working in the food world, Jason can be heard as a classical vocalist with Boston Baroque and other professional music ensembles in the Boston area. For more information: @jasonjangywang

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About the Artist: Teresa Yang Fung is principal & owner of Mimosa Fresh Flower Design located in Boston’s South End. Twice-named by Boston Magazine as Best of Boston Wedding Florist and also one of the top 10 Best Wedding Instagrammers, Teresa is known for bringing lush, textured, and organic floral design to high-end weddings and events in Boston. Teresa also has a heart for helping at-risk girls in Boston and gives 10% of Mimosa’s proceeds to organizations helping these girls. She also employs at-risk girls in her business, and is currently in the midst of connecting other small businesses with similar interns. As a child Teresa studied classical piano and voice for many years. She majored in International Relations at Tufts University and holds an M.Ed in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Floral arranging was a hobby she picked up after college, doing flowers for friends' weddings. She is mostly self-taught, but has taken classes over the years with: Sarah Winward, Amy Merrick, Amy Osaba, and Michael George. Her most recent floral work can be seen here: @mimosaboston

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Jean Quintal | 617-603-2540

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Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show
Apr
10
to May 18

Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show

Julio S. Flores,  Shrouded , 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

Julio S. Flores, Shrouded, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

POWER and PRIVILEGE — This exhibition explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations. These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized paradigms which restrict, impair or otherwise confine equity, justice and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege.

Curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Featuring twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members, Bunker Hill Community College. Participating faculty artists include Yong Chen, Gary Duehr,  Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Meet the Artists: Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Kitchen and Food Artist David Ma
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artists: Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Kitchen and Food Artist David Ma

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Mix and mingle with James Beard Rising Star Chef Irene Li and Food Artist, David Ma for a very lively and unforgettable evening of eating and food play. Local chef Irene Li dispenses anecdotes of her career, the popular food truck and line out the door, Mei Mei Kitchen as well as their first cookbook, Double Awesome Chinese Food. Food artist, David Ma, shares his creative journey from film director to Instagram star along with demonstrations and tips on making food drool-worthy and Instagrammable.

$75 ticket includes autographed copy of the book, Double Awesome Chinese Food, delicious bites from Mei Mei Kitchen and drinks. Seating is limited, so register today!

We have a few seats left so register today!.

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About the Artist: Irene Li operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston. The award-winning food businesses merge modern techniques and multicultural cuisine with local foods and sustainable business practices. Mei Meiʼs creative, farm-driven, Chinese American food has been featured in Food & Wine, Eater Boston & Eater National, The New York Times, Restaurant Hospitality, People, Bon Appetit, The Boston Globe, and more. Ireneʼs life experiences range from organic farming to prison education and many things in between, and while she never expected a life in the restaurant industry, her desire to create change and care for those around her remains constant. She is an Eater Young Gun winner, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and a four-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist. @meimeiboston

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About the Artist: David Ma brings a mix of fun, style, and character to his film making. David’s unique approach to food, is due in large part to his unique background. He began his culinary career as a food stylist, with an eye for finding the beauty in all foods—from high-end dishes to a grilled cheese. Before entering the food world, he also worked as an agency creative at Droga5, TBWA & 360i, which taught him the importance of both a great concept and the execution of that idea. David aims to create films as fun as they are drool-worthy. His latest viral project, Food Films, was an original series that transformed dull cooking videos into the styles of iconic directors like Wes Anderson, Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino and Alfonso Cuaron. The project received over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube. @davidma

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR BETTY SZETO!

Contact: Jean Quintal | 617-603-2540

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 Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Lunar New Year Celebration

Photo Credit  Steven Sulewski.

Photo Credit Steven Sulewski.

Boston's Chinatown hosts the biggest Lunar New Year parade in New England with troupes of colorful lion dance dancers ringing in the Year of the Pig. Huddle indoors at BCNC’s new Pao Arts Center in Chinatown and let your creative and artistic impulses flourish during the New Year!

Drop in for free family-friendly activities from 11:00am-3:00pm including Chinese and English calligraphy demonstrations and exhibition tours. Drop-in Lion Dance workshops run at 12:15pm, 1:15pm, and 2:15pm.

Learn how to make dumplings, a traditional new year dish. Click here to register for this fee-based workshop on February 17, 11:00am.

Soothe your throat and taste tea. Click here to register for this fee-based workshop on February 17, 1:00pm.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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On View: Beyond Expectations
Jan
11
to Mar 30

On View: Beyond Expectations

Cultured Interactions: Continuum: Concatenation 02,  Guhapriya Ranganathan, 2017

Cultured Interactions: Continuum: Concatenation 02, Guhapriya Ranganathan, 2017

Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, Beyond Expectations showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.

Featuring:

Matthew Chan

Zoila Coc-Chang

Dan Jay

Mary Y. Lee

Guhapriya Ranganathan

Yu-Wen Wu

About the Curators:

Co-curators Mary Y Lee and Dan Jay fulfilled family expectations by attaining success in academic medicine as the children of Asian immigrants. However, both have artistic souls and pursued art within the limits of their academic paths. Mary waited until stepping down from her Associate Provost and Dean positions at Tufts before committing consistent time as an artist. Dan, who is currently Dean of the Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts, had parallel careers in art and science with science dominating his life up until the last five years.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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On View: Beginning at the End:  Portraits of Dementia
Oct
18
to Dec 28

On View: Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia

Bixa Liu,  Joe Wallace

Bixa Liu, Joe Wallace

In 2018, 50 million people are living with dementia globally. In the United States, one in three seniors suffers with Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. And yet despite the millions of individuals and families affected, dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse. A diagnosis can become a mechanism for segregating those affected from society, making it easy to see only the label instead of the individuals. 
 
Dementia however does not discriminate. These portraits reflect the cross-section of races and ethnicities affected. As a nation of immigrants, so many have struggled and suffered to leave behind one community and embrace a new one. This work honors their legacy and highlights a lifetime of experience.

Opening Reception | Thursday, October 18th, 6 - 8 pm

Photography by Joe Wallace. Curated by J.Sybylla Smith

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About the Artist: Joe Wallace is trained as a writer and spent ten years selling stories in adverting. For the last twelve years he has been telling stories through photographs. His approach to photography applies a fine arts sensibility to the journalist’s eye for storytelling.  Wallace loves crafting an arresting visual narrative and feeds off the spark of collaboration. Whether with his subject, client, or other artists – he finds projects are richer and more rewarding when each person can express their own unique viewpoint.

 
Author Grace Lin

About the curator: J.Sybylla Smith is an independent curator with over 27 solo or group exhibitions featuring over 80 international photographers exhibited in the U.S., Mexico and South America. Smith consults with individual photographers and arts organizations to develop exhibitions, educational programming and written content including artist statements and marketing material. An adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and thesis advisor, Smith has worked with the School of Visual Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Harvard University, Emmanuel College. She developed curriculum and teaches Concept Aware ®, a unique creative framework of concept development for artists, which is pending publication.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Experience Chinatown After Dark
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Experience Chinatown After Dark

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The Pao Arts Center transforms into the place to be After Dark featuring multimedia, jazz, and folk performances by the newest Asian American artists. Sit back and discover something new at this ticketed event.

$30 a ticket includes 1 drink and light refreshments. Cash bar available. Ages 18 and up.

Featuring:

FREE: Premiering Outside at One Greenway Park:

With/Out Water by Yu-Wen Wu

Experience a series of multiple video projections about environmental awareness and climate displacement. Be the first to see this new work by artist Yu-Wen Wu, in collaboration with Asian Community Development Corporations’ ANCHOR initiative, BCNC's Pao Arts Center, and Chinatown residents.  

Stay up to date by joining the Facebook event page. Limited seating so get your ticket today! 

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Exhibition: WITH/OUT WATER
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition: WITH/OUT WATER

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FREE: Premiering Outside at One Greenway Park (66-88 Hudson Street)

Experience a series of multiple video projections about environmental awareness and climate displacement. Be the first to see this new work by artist Yu-Wen Wu, in collaboration with Asian Community Development Corporations’ ANCHOR initiative, BCNC's Pao Arts Center, and Chinatown residents.  

Funded by the Union of Concerned Scientists as part of Art for Science Rising. 

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Experience Chinatown
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Experience Chinatown

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Discover a new take on Asian American cultures. See, hear, create, and connect. Together, celebrate the rich cultural fabric of Boston Chinatown through free music and dance performances, family-friendly workshops, and pop-up happenings at 3 locations in Boston Chinatown.

Stay up to date by joining the Facebook event.  The party continues After Dark from 7 - 9 pm with performances by Asian American artists. 

SCHEDULE: 

Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, Beach Street
11 am Nüwa Athletic Club - Chinese Lion Dance
12 pm BollyX - Bollywood-inspired Dance Fitness
1-3 pm SaturPLAY Asian CDC - Arts, Crafts, and Games
1 pm Genki Spark - Japanese Taiko Drumming
1:30 pm DBJ Dance Crew
1:40 pm East Side Elements Dance Crew

Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
Theater
11 am DBJ Dance Crew
11:45 am Chinese Lion Dance workshop for kids with Nüwa Athletic Club
12:30 pm East Side Elements Dance Crew
1:15 pm Bollywood-inspired Dance Fitness for kids with BollyX
2 pm Cambodian Dance with Angkor Dance Troupe

Gallery | 11 am – 3 pm
Boston Asian American Film Festival
Friends of the Chinatown Library
Mooneaters Collective 
Tiffany Illustrating

Classrooms | 11 am – 3 pm
Digital Art with BCNC Youth
Zine-making with Lilian Xie
11 am & 1 pm Henna with Sohara Zafar
12 pm & 2 pm Painting and Collage with Chiaoti Chuang

One Greenway Park, 66 Hudson Street | 11 am - 3 pm
- Art-making with The Tower at One Greenway
- Circus Tricks with Circus Up
- Drumming with Jason Fei
- Improv Activities with Bunker Hill Community College
- Kite-making with Museum of Fine Arts
- Musical Exploration with Community Music Center of Boston
- Storytelling with Heidi Shin
- WITH/OUT WATER exhibition and activity by Yu-Wen Wu

Special thanks to our Supporters & Partners:
ArtPlace America * Asian Community Development Corporation Bank of America * Barr Foundation * Bunker Hill Community College * Capital One * City of Boston * Comcast * Creating Connection Experimentation Fund, supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group, and Barr Foundation * Fuller Foundation * The Kensington * Maloney Properties * Rose Kennedy Greenway * The Tower at One Greenway * Tufts Medical Center * Tufts University

Become a Sponsor: Click here or contact Jean Quintal for more information.

Contact: arts@bcnc.net | 617-863-9080

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Mid-Autumn Play Festival with Grace Lin
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Mid-Autumn Play Festival with Grace Lin

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At this free event, families will

  • Experience the family-friendly play Turk, Turk, Turk by playwright Deirdre Girard,

  • Hear story and song selections inspired Grace Lin’s most popular books,

  • Enjoy the work of theater artists Ben Choi-Harris, David Lien, Gary Ng, Michael Hisamoto, Phoebe Kurata-Anthony, Lily Park, Linda Chin, Min Kahng, Neil Gustafson,

  • Taste mooncakes and egg tarts as you view Grace Lin’s exhibit on its last day, and

  • Meet Grace Lin as she shares her newest picture book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Programmed by Linda Chin and supported by the Artist’s Resource Trust, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and Wheelock Family Theater. Thanks to Dina Mardell & Porter Square Books.

Author Grace Lin

About the artist: Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and the Theodor Geisel Honor for "Ling and Ting." Her most recent novel "When the Sea Turned to Silver" was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Quincy Family Fun Fair
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Quincy Family Fun Fair

Celebrating Strong Families                         

Bring your family members of all ages to BCNC Quincy's inaugural Family Fun Fair!  

This FREE event will feature: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Performances, Family Competitions, Petting Zoo, Games and Activities, Face Painting, Watermelon Eating Contest and More!

Location: Cavanaugh Stadium is a park located in North Quincy at the intersection of Hollis Avenue and Birch Street. Parking is available on the street and at the Atlantic Middle School.

Sign up here to volunteer for the Quincy Family Fun Fair!

This is event is made possible by our generous sponsors.

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On View: From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin
Jun
30
to Sep 22

On View: From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin

"Sweet Tofu" from Dim Sum For Everyone!, Gouache on Paper, Grace Lin

"Sweet Tofu" from Dim Sum For Everyone!, Gouache on Paper, Grace Lin

With line and vibrant color, illustrations by beloved children's book author Grace Lin appeal to audiences of all ages. 

Join us for a family-friendly Opening Reception on June 30 | 11:00am-1:00pm
There will be a live musical and storytelling performance by Broadway & Boston actor Lisa Yuen and friends* 

Curated by Theresa Furbish, Youth Services Librarian, Boston Public Library, Chinatown Branch. 

Family-friendly Saturday Workshops:
Story Night Light | July 14, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Mantou Workshop | July 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Drama & Movement Workshop* | August 4, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Create Your Own Storybooks | August 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm

*This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. Special thanks to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Wheelock Family Theatre. 

Author Grace Lin

About the artist: Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and the Theodor Geisel Honor for "Ling and Ting." Her most recent novel "When the Sea Turned to Silver" was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Opening Reception: From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Reception: From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin

"Sweet Tofu" from Dim Sum For Everyone!, Gouache on Paper, Grace Lin

"Sweet Tofu" from Dim Sum For Everyone!, Gouache on Paper, Grace Lin

Note: Event Time Change 10am-noon.

In recognition that some families may wish to participate in Families Belong Together: March on Boston this Saturday, June 30, the exhibition opening and reception for From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustration by Grace Lin has been moved to 10am-noon. 

Join us for a family-friendly Opening Reception for From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin. The reception will include a live musical and a storytelling performance by Broadway & Boston actor Lisa Yuen and friends* 

*This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. Special thanks to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Wheelock Family Theatre. 

Author Grace Lin

About the artist: Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and the Theodor Geisel Honor for "Ling and Ting." Her most recent novel "When the Sea Turned to Silver" was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Annual Meeting 2018  (FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting 2018 (FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Join us for a year in review and to celebrate our staff and volunteers.

Agenda

  • Special Performances
  • Agency Updates and Program Highlights
  • Staff and Volunteer Service Awards

Registration is now CLOSED.  Email jean.quintal@bcnc.net or call 617-603-2540 to be added onto the waitlist.

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Pao Arts Center Turns One!
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Pao Arts Center Turns One!

Pao Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

Pao Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

Join us as we celebrate one year of arts programming in Chinatown!

  • Opening reception of the latest exhibit, Heartful Creations featuring works from Josiah Quincy Elementary School students
  • Interactive art activities including Chinese-Drum crafts, family portrait drawing and more!
  • Cake Cutting

 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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We Share We Listen 我想聽 你說
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

We Share We Listen 我想聽 你說

Youth, Parents/Caregivers, and Service Providers are invited for a day of conversations on how to improve the well-being and health of Asian American youth and families.我們邀請青少年、家長/照顧者、以及服務提供人員來共同進行有關如何改善美國亞裔青少年和家庭的福祉和健康的對話。

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Register below for this free event by Thursday, April 19. 活動免費;請在4月19日, 星期五前通過以下表格報名. 

Together we will hear from health, education, and social service professionals, screen the documentary "Looking for Luke," and share with each other in breakout sessions. Chinese interpretation is available. 我們將會聽取來自醫療、教育、社會服務背景的專業人士的意見、觀看“尋找Luke”的紀錄片、以及在小組裡互相分享寶貴的經驗和知識。屆時將提供中文翻譯。

About "Looking for Luke": Luke Tang was a well-liked, passionate, and brilliant Harvard sophomore who took his friends and family by surprise when he decided to take his own life. The film aims to raise awareness of depression as an illness and destigmatize seeking help for mental health issues. 關於“尋找Luke”:唐章浩(Luke)是一個受眾人喜歡、充滿熱情、和聰明的哈佛大學二年級學生。也因此,他的親朋戚友難以置信他最終會決定了斷自己的生命。這部紀錄片的目的是為了提升對憂鬱症病情的認識,並且鼓勵以尋求幫助來解決心理健康的問題。

Schedule

  • 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:10 am Speaker: Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 9:45 am Screening of "Looking for Luke"
  • 10:20 am Panel Discussion with health, education, and social service professionals
  • 11:30 am Breakout Sessions:
    • Youth - Balancing Youth and Parent Wishes
    • Parents - How to Raise a Healthy and Successful Child in the US
    • Providers - Social Emotional Health for Asian American Youth and Parents

當天時間表

  • 9:00am  註冊
  • 9:10am  演講: 麻省總醫院醫生,Justin Chen, MD, MPH
  • 9:45am 觀看紀錄片“尋找Luke”
  • 10:20am 醫療、教育、社會服務背景的專業人士討論會
  • 11:30am 小組討論
    • 青少年 – 平衡青少年和家長的願望
    • 家長/照顧者 – 如何在美國養育健康和成功的孩子
    • 服務提供人員 – 美國亞裔青少年和家長的社會情緒健康

Contact 如有問題,請聯繫: Grace Su | 617-635-5129 x1039 

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Register for We Share, We Listen by Thursday, April 19 請在4月13日前報名“我想聽你說”

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New Date! In the Kitchen: Tortang Talong
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

New Date! In the Kitchen: Tortang Talong

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Food has the unique power to bring together family, neighbors, and strangers. The In the Kitchen series highlights the stories, knowledge, and recipes from residents, artists, and Chinatown community members. Drop in for 1 or all 3 classes that feature the culture-rich foods of the Asian community and connect with other participants and the instructor while enjoying your edible creations. 

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

By Bren Bataclan

By Bren Bataclan

This is rescheduled from March 3, which was cancelled due to travel impacts from inclement weather.

March 17: Tortang Talong with Bren Bataclan

Enjoying our latest exhibit, Kulap? Get to know the artist behind the exhibit, Bren Bataclan, by learning to cook one of his favorite dishes, Tortang Talong, alongside him. Share a bite with him as he shares his vegetarian version of this Filipino egg and eggplant dish.

Other events in this series:

April 7: Indian Daal and Spices

May 5: Chinese-Style Mochi

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About the Artist: Bren Bataclan is a Cambridge-based artist who was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco area. In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often." Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Bren studied design at UCLA and computer animation at the Ohio State University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinese New Year Banquet
Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

Chinese New Year Banquet

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We are currently sold out of individual tickets and tables for the Banquet. Contact Jean Quintal to be placed on the wait list. Thank you!

The BCNC Chinese New Year Banquet is one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. This annual sold-out event serves as BCNC’s biggest fundraiser, raising funds to provide essential family-centered services to over 3,000 people each year.  View the fact sheet for more information about the event and sponsorship form for information about sponsoring.

Contact: Jean Quintal |  617-603-2540

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Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Lunar New Year Celebration

Photo Credit  Steven Sulewski.

Photo Credit Steven Sulewski.

Boston's Chinatown hosts the biggest Lunar New Year parade in New England with troupes of colorful lion dance dancers ringing in the Year of the Dog. Huddle indoors at BCNC’s new Pao Arts Center in Chinatown and have your creative and artistic impulses flourish during the New Year!

Drop in for free family-friendly activities from 11:00am-3:00pm including lantern making, Chinese macrame, story writing, music and song-sharing, and exhibitions tours. Drop-in Lion Dance workshops run at 12:00, 12:30, and 1:00 pm.

Learn how to make dumplings, a traditional new year dish. Click here to register for this fee-based class on Feb. 25, 11:00 am.

Be sure to catch other Chinatown Lunar New Year activities such as the 2018 Chinatown Lion Dance Parade  and the Chinatown Main Street Cultural Village. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Bamboo Circle Basketball Tournament
Feb
9
5:30 PM17:30

Bamboo Circle Basketball Tournament

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Come play in BCNC’s 2nd annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School gymnasium! Bring your team of 3-4 players to compete for $200 in prize money, a trophy, and most importantly, bragging rights. Proceeds will benefit BCNC's Youth Center, which supports more than 150 low-income, Asian immigrant youth annually to participate in leadership, college access, and mentoring programs.

Registration ends on February 6, 2018. A maximum of 16 teams can participate. The registration fee is $100 per team. The fee is nonrefundable, but transferable. 

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Tournament rules: The tournament will have a double elimination format (your team will be eliminated from championship contention after 2 losses). Eliminated teams can still face other eliminated teams if courts are available. Games will be up to 11 points (straight up, not win by 2), with each basket being 1 point on a half court. The time limit for games is approximately 30 minutes, games may be shortened if score is well below 11 after 30 minutes. The final elimination game(s) will be held on the main court with no other games being played on the side. The games are self-governed; please respect all calls. Clear all balls when there is a change of possession. Teams may consist of 3-4 players, with up to 2 substitutions during a dead ball per game.

Contact: Cato Hui

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Sing Home Concert and Song Sharing with Shaw Pong Liu
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Sing Home Concert and Song Sharing with Shaw Pong Liu

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Memories, families, sites, smells. How can we use songs to tell the story of home? Experience a participatory live performance with the violinist and erhu player, Shaw Pong Liu as part of her Pao Arts Center Artist-In-Residence Sing Home project. Listen to music gathered by Shaw Pong from the Chinatown community, and share your story and song with Shaw Pong and others in this family-friendly, song-sharing performance. 

Free | Pre-register to reserve your spot | All Ages

About the Artist: Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu engages diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music and social dialogue.  As 2016 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, Shaw Pong started the Code Listen project, using creative music workshops and performances to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices, in collaboration with the Boston Police Department, teen artists and family members surviving homicide. Her compositions have been commissioned by A Far Cry, Lorelei Ensemble, and New Gallery Concert Series. As a violinist Shaw Pong has performed with groups including Silk Road Ensemble, MIT’s Gamelan GalakTika, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Castle of Our Skins. She is a teaching artist for the Silk Road Project, Young Audiences, Cantata Singers and Celebrity Series.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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BCNC Day at the Lyric Stage
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

BCNC Day at the Lyric Stage

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Join us for BCNC Day at the Lyric Stage on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 pm for Jeanne Sakata's inspirational play, Hold These Truths, the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants, who resisted internment during World War II.   Michael Hisamoto plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and unquenchable patriotism over 50 years will leave audiences cheering.

Theatrical magic will be created by the use of three kurogos, “invisible” stage manipulators/dancers in the Kabuki theatrical tradition.  The production’s aesthetics will reflect both Gordon Hirabayashi’s Japanese ancestry and his Quaker upbringing

"An extraordinary relevant message for today!" — Chicago Star Tribune

"Absorbing, rewarding, surprisingly humorous and openhearted!" — Seattle Times

$75 ticket includes an exclusive Meet and Greet with Cast & Crew plus wine and hors d'oeuvres immediately following the play.

Click Here for Directions, Parking Info, and Local Restaurant Info

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