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The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) ( ; ; Korean: 아시아 문화 협회) is an American non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to Asian-Americanmarker cultural exchange in the areas of visual and performing arts.


The Asian Cultural Council was established in 1980 to carry forward the mission of the Asian Cultural Program of the JDR 3rd Fund, which was created by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1963. The Asian Cultural Council now has representation in New Yorkmarker, Hong Kongmarker, Manilamarker, Taipeimarker and Tokyomarker. As of 2009, the Council and the JDR 3rd Fund before it have provided grant assistance to more than 5,000 Asians and American artists, scholars, and specialists in the arts. It currently makes approximately 160 grants a year, and its annual budget is met by a combination of endowment income and contributions from foundations, corporations, and individual donors.


The Council's main objective is to provide support for cultural exchange between Asia and the United Statesmarker, and also among different regions within Asia. Its geographic purview includes an extensive area of Asia, ranging from Afghanistan to Japan and Indonesia. The ACC does this by providing grants to Asian applicants in areas of research, study and work in the arts in the United States, and similarly, to American applicants who wish to work in the art sector in Asia. Every year the ACC also supports a small number of projects involving inter-Asia exchange. In addition, grants are awarded to various educational and cultural institutions in Asia and the United States to promote Asian-American cultural exchange.

Grants are made in the following fields, including both traditional and contemporary arts: archaeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, arts administration, arts criticism, cinema, conservation, crafts, dance, design (not commercial), literature (Japan-U.S. Arts Program only), museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, and video.

John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award

The John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award is presented yearly by the Trustees of the the Asian Cultural Council to an individual from Asia or the United Statesmarker who has made a significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia. This $35,000 award for outstanding professional achievement commemorates the deep and long standing interest of John D. Rockefeller 3rd in Asian art and culture.

Past Awardees

  • 1986: John M. Rosenfield, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University

  • 1987: José Maceda, Chairman, Department of Music, Research College of Music, University of the Philippines

  • 1988: James R. Brandon, Professor, Department of Drama and Theatre, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

  • 1990: Sherman E. Lee, Former Director, The Cleveland Museum of Art

  • 1991: Chou Wen-chung, Director, Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange, Columbia University

  • 1992: Kapila Vatsyayan, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

  • 1999: Proeung Chhieng, Dean, Faculty of Choreographic Arts, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh

  • 2000: Ellen Stewart, Founder and Artistic Director, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New York

  • 2002: Yang Meiqi, Founder, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou

  • 2003: Judy Mitoma, Director, Center for Intercultural Performance, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 2006: Lin Hwai-min, Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Taipei

  • 2007: Nestor O. Jardin, President, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

  • 2008: Ratan Thiyam, Founder and Director, Chorus Repertory Theatre, Manipur

List of grantees

for a more extensive list, see :Category:Asian Cultural Council grantees

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