Wednesday, May 16, 2018


On Saturday, May 12th, 2019, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)’s Pao Arts Center celebrated its first birthday with a day of art, music, and fun. The celebration consisted of arts and crafts for the whole family, a performance by artist-in-residence Shaw Pong Liu, the opening reception of the newest gallery exhibit, and, of course, birthday cake.

In partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, BCNC opened the Pao Arts Center in 2017 to be Chinatown’s first community-based arts center and Boston’s newly dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space. The Pao Arts Center sits on a historically significant piece of land, Parcel 24, where hundreds of Chinatown residents were displaced in the 1960s to build a highway on-ramp. The reclamation of this land as a place to celebrate and explore Asian culture represents a powerful shift towards community-oriented development in the face of rapid change.

Since its opening in May 2017, the Pao Arts Center has had:
·        4,500 visitors who have experience creativity in Chinatown at the Pao Arts Center
·        23 Bunker Hill Community College classes
·        21 events hosted by community organizations
·        18 art and community partners
·        17 workshops to explore and create
·        12 tours for community groups and schools
·        9 performances through the Chinatown Presents series
·        7 sessions of classes to learn develop new skills
·        6 visual arts exhibits featuring local Asian/Asian American artists

“The BCNC Pao Arts Center in Chinatown is becoming a vibrant Boston community hub for Asian cultural arts. We had a great time celebrating the Arts Center’s 1st birthday with families, students, artists, educators, volunteers, and community members,” said Terri Mock, BCNC Board Member.

For more information about the Pao Arts Center and upcoming events, go to

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