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BCNC Holds First Experience Chinatown Arts Festival


Boston, MA – On September 29th, 2018, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) will be holding its first-ever Experience Chinatown arts festival at three locations in Boston’s Chinatown: the Pao Arts Center at 99 Albany Street, Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown Park, and One Greenway Park at 66 Hudson Street. Experience Chinatown aims highlight and celebrate Asian immigrant and Asian American voices in the arts, culture, and creativity.  The event will to show another side of Chinatown, a new take on Asian American cultures and highlight today’s Asian American artists.
From 11:00am-3:00pm, the free, full-day event for all ages will include workshops, music and dance performances, food trucks, and pop-up happenings. Experience Chinatown will feature Cambodian dance with Angkor Dance Troupe, Bollywood-inspired dance fitness with BollyX, film previews from Boston Asian American Film Festival, Japanese Taiko drumming with Genki Spark, Chinese lion dance with Nüwa Athletic Club, kite-making with the Museum of Fine Arts, and more. Visitors will be able to make new friends and create with their families through hands-on arts activities.
After dark, the lights dim and the Pao Arts Center theater transforms into the place to discover the latest Asian American performers. This 18+ ticketed event will feature jazz, folk, dance, hip-hop, and punk by Brenda Lau, Anju Madhok, Jennifer Lin, Rex Mac, and Saraswathi Jones/Awaaz Do. You can purchase your tickets here: https://bcnc.net/upcoming-events/experience-chinatown-after-dark.
That same evening, be sure to check out the multi-channel installation WITH/OUT WATER by Yu-Wen Wu, which will premiere outside at One Greenway Park (66-68 Hudson St.) from 7:00pm-10:00pm. This free exhibition of video projections explores environmental awareness and climate displacement.

Schedule of Events:
11:00am-3:00pm                       Experience Chinatown Arts Festival
7:00pm-9:00pm                         Experience Chinatown After Dark
7:00pm-10:00pm                      With/Out Water by Yu-Wen Wu

Supporters and partners include: Asian Community Development Corporation, ArtPlace America, Bank of America, Barr Foundation, Capital One, City of Boston, Comcast, Creating Connection Experimentation Fund, supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group and Barr Foundation, The Fuller Foundation, The Kensington, Maloney Properties, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Tower at One Greenway, Tufts Medical Center, and Tufts University. For more information, go to: https://bcnc.net/upcoming-events/experiencechinatown

包氏文藝中心將於929日(星期六)舉行《體驗唐人街藝術節》,歡迎大家一同來參與這個亞美文化新體驗!當日節目包括舞獅、舞蹈、太鼓演出,寶萊塢健身工作坊、各種手工藝班等等,還有藝術小市集和美食車。所有活動將會在11時到3時進行,地點包括唐人街牌坊,包氏文藝中心和乞臣街66號的戶外草地。我們期待大家能夠騰空參與!



Experience Chinatown
Experience Chinatown | September 29, 2018
11:00am-3:00pm
See, hear, create, and connect at BCNC's first arts festival!  Join us for a FREE day of family-friendly activities, performances, and workshops at three locations in Boston's Chinatown. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
1 - One Greenway Park, 66 Hudson Street -  11:00am-3:00pm
  • Art-making with The Tower at One Greenway
  • Circus Tricks with Circus Up
  • Drumming with Jason Fei
  • Kite-making with Museum of Fine Arts
  • Improv activities with Bunker Hill Community College
  • Musical Exploration with Community Music Center of Boston
  • Storytelling with Heidi Shin
  • WITH/OUT WATER exhibition and activity by Yu-Wen Wu
2 - BCNC Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
  • 11:00am-3:00pm: Art sales & workshops
  • 11:00am: DBJ Dance Crew
  • 11:45am: Chinese Lion Dance workshop for kids with Nuwa Athletic Club
  • 12:30pm: East Side Elements Dance Crew
  • 1:15pm: Bollywood-inspired Dance Fitness for kids with BollyX
  • 2:00pm: Cambodian Dance with Angkor Dance Troupe 
3 - Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown Park, Beach Street
  • 11:00am: Chinese Lion Dance with Nuwa Athletic Club
  • 12:00pm: Bollywood-inspired Dance Fitness with BollyX
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Arts, Crafts, & Games with SaturPLAY Asian CDC
  • 1:00pm: Japanese Taiko Drumming with Genki Spark
  • 1:30pm: DBJ Dance Crew
  • 1:40pm: East Side Elements Dance Crew
BollyX, Lion Dance, Genki Spark, and Angkor
Experience Chinatown video
Event map
Experience Chinatown After Dark 
7:00-9:00pm  |  Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
The Pao Arts Center transforms into the place to be After Dark featuring performances by the newest Asian American artists, from jazz to hip hop. Sit back and discover something new at this ticketed event with performances by Brenda Lau, Anju Madhok, Jennifer Lin, Rex Mac, and Awaaz Do. $30 ticket includes 1 drink and light refreshments. Cash bar available. Ages 18 and up.
Experience Chinatown After Dark
WITH/OUT WATER by Yu-Wen Wu
7:00-10:00pm  |  One Greenway Park, 66-88 Hudson St., Boston
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. Learn more here.
WITH/OUT WATER
Special Thanks to Our Supporters & Partners:
ArtPlace America * Asian Community Development Corporation * Bank of America * Barr Foundation * Capital One * City of Boston * Comcast * Creating Connection Experimentation Fund, supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group, and Barr Foundation * The Fuller Foundation * The Kensington * Maloney Properties * Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy * The Tower at One Greenway * Tufts Medical Center * Tufts University
Apply to mentor immigrant youth!
September 2018 News
Children and Youth Have Summer of Fun and Learning
This summer, children and youth particpated in arts enrichment, professional development, leadership training. Children went to the Boston Children's Museum, the Esplanade Reservation, the Puppet Showplace in Brookline, and more. Summer teen staff participated in professional development trainings and worked with BCNC programs. Your support made all this possible this summer!
Red Oak children on a field trip
Make a Difference in the Life of a Youth
Do want to make a life-changing difference for a youth who dreams of going to college? We are looking for dedicated volunteer mentors to support low-income high schoolers through the college application process. The mentorship is a 1.5-2 year commitment. The College Access program provides workshops, college tours, and support to youth who are the first in their family to consider college. To learn more and apply, email Jasmine Lee by October 5, 2018.
Become a CAP mentor
Quincy Families Craft Together
This summer in Quincy, Family Services engaged 14 parents and their children in an arts and crafts class to promote self-care, and help parents and children bond. The class was taught by a former BCNC parent who volunteered to teach the class.

Quincy families in crafting class
BCNC Portraits: Winnie Liu
Winnie came to the US from China when she was 16. After graduating, Winnie came to work at BCNC as an accountant because she wanted to help other immigrants, but found that BCNC changed her life as well. The Family Child Care program helped identify an early autism diagnosis for Winnie’s son, and Family Services helped Winnie when she was having difficulty with her son’s doctors. “As immigrants, we know the difficulties new immigrants face, so helping them face those challenges and get support is important,” says Winnie.
Winnie Liu
Youth Volunteer with Seniors
In August, youth volunteered with the Greater Boston Golden Age Center in Hong Lok House and Quincy Towers. Youth facilitated games, drawing, meditation, exercises, and karaoke for over 50 Chinese immigrant seniors.
Youth volunteering at the Golden Age Center
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in August 2018:
Chin Law Firm; Clinton H. and Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust; Comcast Foundation; Harold Brooks Foundation; Maloney Properties, Inc.; New England Foundation for the Arts; People's United Community Foundation; TJX Foundation; Tufts Medical Center
Free events for the whole family!
Upcoming Events
Experience ChinatownSeptember 29, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, Chinatown Gate, One Greenway Park
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures at this free, family-friendly event featuring music and dance performances, workshops, pop-up happenings, and more! Thank you to our supporters and partners: ArtPlace America, Asian Community Development Corporation, Bank of America, Barr Foundation, Capital One, City of Boston, Creating Connection Experimentation Fund supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group and Barr Foundation, Fuller Foundation, the Kensington, Maloney Properties, Rose Kennedy Greenway, and Tufts Medical Center. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, click hereTo volunteer, click here.
Experience Chinatown
Experience Chinatown After DarkSeptember 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
The Pao Arts Center transforms into the place to be After Dark featuring multimedia, jazz, and folk performances by Asian American artists. Sit back and discover something new at this ticketed event. $30 a ticket includes 1 drink. Cash bar available. Ages 18 and up. Purchase tickets here.
Experience Chinatown After Dark
Bamboo Circle BBQ
September 15, 11:00am-3:00pm
BCNC Rooftop, 38 Ash St., Boston
Join the Bamboo Circle, BCNC's young professionals network, and Taiwanese American Professionals - Boston (TAP) for an end-of-summer rooftop BBQ featuring delicious food & drinks, a raffle, our famous dumpling-eating contest, and more! Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit BCNC's Youth Center. Purchase your tickets here.
Bamboo Circle BBQ
Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
August 25, 2:00-3:30pm

Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Learn to paint sparrows with instructor Liu Xiaoyong in the last Chinese brush painting class of the summer season. Register here.
Reading Corner + CraftAugust 24, 10:30am-11:30amPao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Read some of your favorite Grace Lin books and create a craft in this fun-filled family event! Materials will be provided. Register for this free event here.
Build a Better Life
The Campaign for BCNC (2015-2018)
August 2018
Dear ,
I hope you are having a great summer! BCNC keeps on running as we welcome hundreds of children to summer programs, while adult students take a break before the September semester. Meanwhile, the Build a Better Life capital campaign is making tremendous progress and is already impacting the lives of people we serve. We are happy to share some highlights with you below.
Three years ago, we launched the Build a Better Life campaign to raise $3.5 million to help fund key initiatives such as the Pao Arts Center, workforce development programs, and family services. We are truly grateful for the support we have received thus far. Your donation is needed now more than ever to help us reach our goal.
There will be a donor wall at the Pao Arts Center to recognize campaign donors of $1,000 and above. We want to fill the wall with hundreds of names, including yours!  Please join us by making a gift by October 31. 
On behalf of BCNC, I offer my sincere thanks for your ongoing commitment and support, and your generosity. Thank you for all that you do to keep BCNC a leader in the communities that we serve.
Best personal regards,
Eugene Mahr
Campaign Chair and Board President 
Pao Arts Center - Sing Home Project
How do songs connect us to our past, ourselves, and our sense of home? Artist-in-residence Shaw Pong Liu (violinist, erhu player, and composer) completed her year-long project Sing Home last month. This song-sharing project collects songs of the people of Boston's Chinatown - residents, workers, students, visitors, passersby - and creates new musical compositions to start conversations about immigration, neighborhoods, and cultural and civic identity. Liu collected 81 songs and stories which can be viewed here
Shaw Pong Liu
Empowering Families
BCNC has expanded our family-centered services for Boston and Quincy families. The 12-week Parenting Journey program offers immigrant parents a supportive environment and tools to develop parenting skills, such as using play to communicate with their children. The Parent Solutions program teaches parents how to navigate and actively engage with public school systems. In April, BCNC organized the first Asian American Mental Health Forum where educators, youth and parents watched the film Looking for Luke and discussed the stigma, challenges, and remedies for depression and anxiety.
Campaign Matching Fund
Earlier this year, a generous donor offered a $200,000 matching fund for new gifts towards the Campaign.  We are delighted that the challenge was met. Many donors responded, including Mr. S.K. Ho, who made a gift of $100,000 via a charitable gift annuity (CGA). "I support BCNC’s mission to help Chinese immigrants establish themselves in their new lives," says S.K. "It’s important to help immigrants integrate smoothly into American society."  To learn more about S.K. Ho's story and charitable gift annuities, click here.
August 2018 News
Sing Home Celebrates Connection through Song
This summer, artist-in-residence Shaw Pong Liu concluded her time at the Pao Arts Center with the launch of the Sing Home library, a song-sharing project that collects and share songs of the people of Boston's Chinatown, as a way to start conversations about immigration, neighborhood, and cultural and civic identity. “I am so grateful to the over 100 people who took the plunge and sang for the online Sing Homelibrary. I am thrilled for the virtual and in-person communities that have come together and connected people through their voices, songs, and family's migration stories. I hope people will use the song library to continue to build understanding and connection." View the song library here.
Sing Home Karaoke Event
Community Partners Provide Enrichment
The Quincy Youth Center has been running Summer LEAP, an enrichment program for youth entering 9th grade, in partnership with UMass Boston Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP). AASSP have provided a group of talented undergrads and recent college graduates who run enrichment clubs focused on specific activities including making plushies, learning Japanese, dancing to K-Pop, and playing the ukulele. All clubs will culminate in projects thatwill be showcased at the end of the program.
Youth learn ukulele
Families Travel to Spectacle Island
The Family Services program organized a field trip to Spectacle Island on July 20th with families coming from the Boston and Quincy sites. Six families joined the trip for a picnic, free play, and exciting activities such as a ranger tour and discovering wild animals. Everyone had fun and enjoyed their time on the island. Thanks to Boston Harbor for their continued support.
Families on Spectacle Island
BCNC Portraits: Mira Jin
Adult Education Program Coordinator/Advisor Mira Jin immigrated to Boston from China in 2009 to attend grad school at Northeastern. After graduating, Mira started working at BCNC, first as a Red Oak group leader, and then in Adult Education. “English is an essential tool for immigrants,” says Mira. “If we have strong language skills, we can speak up for ourselves—we’re still a minority here, and we need to have a voice.” Working at BCNC has been life-changing for Mira: “BCNC is a big home where everyone is welcome. It’s like a lighthouse—when you’re alone at sea, there’s always that light there.”
Mira Jin
Middle Schoolers Create Library Exhibit
The Red Oak Middle School group designed an event for the Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library! Working with librarian Theresa Furbish and their group leader, they researched the history of the Chinatown branch library and collaboratively created informational posters about the stories they learned, as well as their vision for both the temporary space as well as the future permanent space.
Red Oak students with their exhibit
Professional Development for Youth
Teen staff have been hard at work planning & running programming for summer ChISL youth, running professional development & team-building activities for other teen staff, & building with Asian youth leaders from other programs part of the Allies Working with Asian Youth (AWAY) network! Thank you to the John Hancock MLK Scholars program, Boston PIC, City of Boston Youth Engagement & Employment, Tufts AHI, and the Boston Foundation - My Summer in the City for their support of the teen staff program!
Teen Staff
Shop for a Good Cause
Want to purchase with a purpose? When you shop with AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to BCNC every time you shop! This weekend, all purchases under $2,500 are tax-free, including online purchases. Go to smile.amazon.com to find out more!

Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in July 2018:
Asian Healthcare Foundation of Massachusetts, Cathay Bank Foundation, Chinatown Trust Fund, Fish Family Foundation, John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Summer Fund, Youth Build USA
Free events for the whole family!
Upcoming Events
Reading Corner + CraftFridays, July 13-August 24, 10:30am-11:30amPao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Read some of your favorite Grace Lin books and create a craft during these fun-filled Friday mornings, every week until August 24th! Materials will be provided. Register for this free event here.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Drama & Movement WorkshopAugust 4, 10:30am-12:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Enthralled by Grace Lin's story Where the Mountain Meets the Moon? Bring the tale to life through a guided workshop in drama and movement for ages 6-16 with Broadway & Boston actor Caroline Chin Workman and friends! Register for this free event here.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Storybook Workshop for KidsAugust 18, 10:30am-12:30pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Let your kids' imaginations run wild as they participate in this free workshop where they will learn to craft their own storybooks. Materials will be provided; children ages 5-7 are welcome. Register here
Illustrations by Shaina Lu
Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
Saturdays in  July & August, 2:00-3:30pm

Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Learn to paint flora and fauna with instructor Liu Xiaoyong. Each four-class series will explore a different subject, including goldfish and sparrows. Fee is $100 per series or $30 per drop-in class. Register here.
Save the Date: Experience Chinatown 
September 29, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, Chinatown Gate, One Greenway Park
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures this free, family-friendly event with performances, workshops, pop-up happenings, and more! If you're interested in volunteering, click here.
Experience Chinatown
Thank you to our year-round sponsors!
June 2018
Remembering Caroline Chang

Caroline speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony of 66 Hudson. Photo by Black Dog Pictures.

With heavy hearts, we are sad to share that one of our founding board members, Caroline Chang, passed away in late April. Caroline grew up on Hudson Street in Chinatown, and continued to be an advocate for the Chinatown community throughout her life.

Caroline pictured here with her brother, Reggie Wong on Hudson Street. Photo courtesy of Caroline Chang.
Caroline was a trailblazer in the community, helping to establish a number of local nonprofits in addition to ACDC, including the Asian American Civic Association, the Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

She dedicated her life to serving those in need and was a strong supporter of immigrant rights and women's issues. Caroline's spirit of loving one's community and helping others will keep inspiring all of us as we continue the work she and her fellow community leaders and activists started decades ago.
SAVE THE DATE: Films at the Gate - Aug. 24 - 26
Last year's turnout at Friday night's screening of Ken Eng's My Life in China. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.


This year's Films at the Gate event will be held from Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th! Mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss out on this fun, summertime tradition!

This event is largely organized by high school youth, who work tirelessly for months leading up to the festival to put on a free community event for all to enjoy.


Last year's team of youth volunteers and leaders pictured with some of our staff and program alumni. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.
ACDC awarded full CITC allocation of $150,000
Governor Baker signing the Affordable Housing Bond Bill at the end of May. Photo courtesy of MACDC.

Thank you to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for their continued support and awarding ACDC with $150,000 of Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) this year!

We want to congratulate our fellow CDCs and look forward to leveraging these funds to continue our respective work to build affordable homes, empower families and strengthen communities!

More good news -- Governor Baker recently signed the Affordable Housing Bond Bill, which includes an extension of the CITC program through 2025!

Through the CITC program, if you donate $1,000 or more to ACDC, you can receive 50% back when you file your State taxes. 

We have a limited amount in rebates to distribute to our donors, so don't miss out on your chance to invest in your community and take advantage of this program!


2018 SaturPLAY Series

Come check out our youth-led SaturPLAY series, which will be held on the following Saturdays, from 1:00P - 3:00P at Mary Soo Hoo Park:

- June 30
- July 28
- Sept. 29
- Oct. 27





SaturPLAY was developed by one of our A-VOYCE youth and Chinatown community member, Yanjing, who wanted to revitalize her neighborhood by providing more opportunities for children and families to play and spend quality time together in public spaces like Mary Soo Hoo Park. 

Thank you to our program partner, The Greenway Conservancy!

Our First-time Homebuyer Program Exceeded HUD Goals!
 
We're excited to share that our Multilingual First-time Homebuyer program met our U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development goals by nearly 120 percent! These goals included one-on-one counseling and group workshops focused on pre-purchase, post-purchase and affordable rental education. 
Congratulations to our program staff for doing such a great job at helping individuals and families create a pathway to meeting their financial and homebuying aspirations.

Youth Summer Program Opportunities
 
ACDC is currently accepting applicants for our Boston and Malden-based Summer Leadership Academy.
Our program serves high school-aged youth to mobilize them to create positive social change in their communities; prepare them with valuable skills like community organizing, event planning, and public speaking; and hold group discussions in a welcoming and safe space on topics such as exploring Asian American identity.
Last year's young leaders installed a public placekeeping project where residents and visitors shared their favorite memories of Chinatown, displayed in Phillips Square, as well as contributed to an interactive art project shown above.
Their work resulted in a presentation to the Boston Transportation Department for consideration in the future development of Phillips Square in Chinatown. Our unique program blends an engaging and empowering curriculum with real-life advocacy experience.
Thank you to our 2018 supporters!

Donors and sponsors listed have made contributions from January 1, 2018 through May 15, 2018.


Institutional
Individual
Acentech
Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Automatic Coin Laundry Systems, Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
BioMed Realty
Boston College - Chinese Student's Association
Boston Private Bank
The Brennan Group
Cambridge Trust Company
Capital One
Cathay Bank
CCBA of New England
CEDAC
Century Bank
Chin & Curtis LLP
Chinese Progressive Association
Clark Lau LLC
Cleary Elevator
Corcoran Jennison
Eastern Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
First Republic Bank
Flynn Law Group
Hackett Feinberg
KJP Partners
Klein Hornig LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Maloney Properties
MassHousing
Millennium Partners - Boston
Mintz Levin
New Boston Fund
Nolan, Sheehan, Patten LLP
Robinson + Cole LLP
Rockland Trust
Santander Bank
Security Service Specialists, Inc.
South Cove Community Health Center
Trinity Management
Tufts Medical Center
VHB
Wellesley Bank
Whole Foods
Deanna & Sherman Chan
Paul K. Chan
Francis E. Chin & Wai J. Chow-Chin
James & Donna Fong
Arturo Gossage
Michael S. Greco
Miaoyan Huang
Pamela Hung
Sarah G. Kim
Paul W. & Mary Lee
Rebecca A. Lee
Amanda & Mark Linehan
Lydia Lowe
Thomas Maxwell
Peter Munkenbeck
Ivy & David Nagahiro
Yvonne Ng
Karen & Nelson SooHoo
Lung Wong
David Woo
Cynthia Yee
Emily K. Yu
Mee Yuu

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