About Us

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) supports transformative cultural exchange between countries of Asia and the United States and among the countries of Asia by awarding grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work abroad.

History

Since our establishment in 1963 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the ACC has awarded approximately 6000 grants to arts institutions and arts professionals — many of whom have become leaders and pioneers in their respective fields.

Headquartered in New York City, ACC maintains offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and Taipei.

ACC Hong Kong

In 1986, ACC Hong Kong was established with support from local funding partners and has played a key role in the development of the arts and cultural leadership in China.

With over 500 ACC fellowships awarded to individuals and institutions in the arts of Hong Kong and other cities in China, many of these ACC alumni are influential catalysts in their local communities. We have also engaged and expanded partnerships with local organizations and institutions to build networks for international dialogue and arts advocacy.

Since 2015, the Asian Cultural Council (HK) Foundation Ltd. has been a charitable institution of a public character, which is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. It is led by an Executive Board that includes Chairman Mr. Hans Michael Jebsen, and directors Ms. Wendy O’Neill, Ms. Marissa Fung Shaw, Ms. Miho Walsh, and Mr. John R. Witt.

Our specialized approach

We implement custom-tailored educational programs based on the goals and aspirations of the arts professionals and institutions we support. Our experienced program staff provides personalized guidance, resources and contacts in the U.S. and Asia that are inaccessible to most visitors.