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They come from all over Asia and the United States. They are today’s established masters in their fields and tomorrow’s rising stars. They are archeologists, architects, artisans, arts administrators, art critics, choreographers, composers, conceptual artists, conservators, craftspeople, dancers, film makers, installation artists, musicians, new media artists, painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, video artists, video conservators, and also artists and scholars whose work defies categorization. They are the carefully selected grantees of the Asian Cultural Council.

With the curatorial care and assistance of the ACC team, these artists work intensively, rise to new challenges, and discover the possibilities and implications of their work as experienced in entirely new and different settings. Each is defined by a singularly inspiring talent and vision, and each redefines the cultural landscape through meticulously crafted explorations and projects.

For 50 years, the ACC has nurtured over 6,000 artists. Here is a rich archive of their extraordinary work, which beautifully reflects our mission to provide meaningful cultural exchange and to create limitless, lifelong opportunities for artistic collaboration among our network of alumni grantees.

Grantees: 2013 (year)

Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Afghanistan

2013 | Music | United States

ACC supported performances by the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2013. Together with funding from the US Embassy in Afghanistan, the World Bank, and the Carnegie Corporation, ANIM brought 54 Afghan musicians to present concerts and participate in creative residencies in the United States. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for these students and many of their teachers, the majority of whom have never had the chance to travel outside of Afghanistan.

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Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee

Japan

2013 | Dance | Indonesia

ACC provided support to the Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee to enable the participation of Indonesian choreographer Jecko Siompo and his company members in the second Aichi Triennale.

Alliance for New Music Theatre

United States

2013 | Theater | United States

ACC provided support for the Alliance for New Music-Theatre to help bring three artists from Myanmar to Washington to participate in Sandaya: Burmese Lessons.

Amrita Performing Arts

Cambodia

2013 | Dance | Asia General

ACC supported dancers from Amrita Performing Arts to allow participation in three important regional events in Asia in 2013: the Melaka Art and Performance Festival Melaka, Malaysia, T.H.E. Contact Dance Festival in Singapore, and the 2013 regional conference of the World Dance Alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Myat Htay Aung

Myanmar

2013 | Visual Art | United States

ACC provided support to Myat Htay Aung to research contemporary art in New York, as well as meet artists and curators, and participate in an international artist residency program. 

Nigel Bennet

United States

2013 | Film, Video, & Photography | Japan

ACC provided support to Nigel Bennet to produce two collaborative photography projects with communities in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Claudia Bestor

United States

2013 | Arts Administration | China

ACC provided support to Claudia Bestor to research the contemporary cultural landscape, meet with visual and performing artists, and ultimately develop new museum programs in the United States.

Sarah Delphine Centenera Buencamino

Philippines

2013 | Theater | United States

ACC provided support to Ms. Buencamino to allow her to participate in theater and dance workshops, observe contemporary theater activities, and explore the process of ensemble-driven, collaborative theater making in the United States.

Zoe Butt

Vietnam

2013 | Visual Art | China

ACC provided support to Ms. Butt to participate in a roundtable discussion at the International Institute for Asian Studies' International Conference on Asian Studies.

The Watermill Center

United States

2013 | Theater | United States

ACC supported the participation of artists from Indonesia in a residency program at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center to develop "R.I.T.E: A Rising in the East", an opera based on the epic conflict between the Balinese and the Dutch in early 20th century Bali. Mr. Wilson's project is co-produced by the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, a nonprofit cultural foundation founded by ACC grantee Restu Kusumaningram (2004), and Change Performing Arts, a Milan-based independent production company. During the residency at Watermill, Balinese and Western artists work together on the development of an opera. The Indonesian artists invited to be a part of the residency include Rahayu Supanggah, one of Indonesia's leading composers; Desak Made Suarti Laksmi, acclaimed Balinese composer, dancer, singer, and scholar; and Nukila Amal, a widely-read young Indonesian writer. Also participating in the residency is Ms. Kusumaningram and producer/director and ACC grantee Rhoda Grauer (1996-1998), as well as renowned designer Tip Yip, whose work on Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won an Academy Award.

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Cambodian Living Arts

Cambodia

2013 | Visual Art | United States

ACC funding enabled contemporary visual artists from Cambodia to participate in Season of Cambodia (SoC), a multi-platform interdisciplinary arts and culture festival held in New York City. Over 120 Cambodian artists and cultural professionals with cultural and academic organizations will gather for the festival. SoC will showcase creative artists of international reputation and influence, give voice to important new works and practitioners, and celebrate the powerful and significant historical practices, art forms, and artifacts that continue to resonate today. It intends to create opportunities to recognize and reflect on Cambodia's artistic legacy, its current practice, and the ways in which culture plays a significant role in the social, emotional, and economic rebuilding of post-trauma nation states. Cambodia's cultural regeneration, fueled in part by the activities of a creative and deeply engaged Cambodian Diaspora, is also a key touchstone for the project.  The fiscal sponsor for this grant is the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Carnegie Institute

United States

2013 | Visual Art | United States

ACC provided support to the Carnegie Institute to help include a video and ink drawing installation by former ACC grantee Dinh Q. Le in the 2013 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Center for Asian American Media

United States

2013 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States

ACC provided support for the Center for Asian American Media to host a curatorial residency in San Francisco for filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, the directors of the Dharamshala International Film Festival.

Shu-Chiang Chen

Taiwan

2013 | Visual Art | United States

ACC provided support for Shu-Chiang Chen to carry out a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and to observe contemporary art activities in New York.

Wu-Kang Chen

Taiwan

2013 | Dance | United States

ACC support enabled  Wu-Kang Chen to observe and participate in contemporary dance activites in New York and to interview several leading choreographers and and dancers in the United States in order to gain insight on their work.

Yi-Chun Chen

Taiwan

2013 | Visual Art | Japan

ACC supported Yi-Chun Chen to undertake research on local shrines and Japanese folk culture.

Chankethya Chey

Cambodia

2013 | Dance | United States

ACC renewed support for Chankethya Chey to complete a program of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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China Institute in America

United States

2013 | Museum Studies | United States

ACC provided support for international travel and per diem costs associated with the opening of Denhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road.

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Vince Eliezer N. Chua

Hong Kong

2013 | Music | United States

ACC provided support to Vince Chua to participate in the Aspen Music School at the Aspen Music Festival.

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Philippines

2013 | Theater | Philippines

ACC provided support to the Cultural Center of the Philippines to host musical theater workshops by New York-based specialists in vocal and physical technique, musci composition, choreography, and design for artists in the Philippines.

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