Meng-Chuan (Isa) HO (ACC 2012, 2016) is a mixed-media artist who creates photographs that explore "urban fairytales." In 2012, Ho received a five-month ACC Fellowship to observe contemporary art and multicultural activities in New York and the US. However, after traveling in 2013 and meeting new people, artists, and institutions in NYC, her perspective and project grew to document the stories of those she met and their relationships with the city. In 2016, she received further ACC support for a three-week grant to complete the project inspired by her 2012 Fellowship at Westbeth Artists Housing. 

In 2023, ACC’s Marketing and Communications Manager Caroline Lim had a conversation with Ho who visited the ACC New York office to discuss her grant experiences and how they’ve impacted her work today. 

Listen to the full audio interview with Isa Ho below:

After Ho’s conversation with ACC, she returned to Taiwan and organized a visual arts roundtable meeting, bringing together 60 experts in the field of visual arts. The roundtable resulted in a handbook on sustainable development in visual arts.

Regarding the handbook, Ho said, “I am grateful for the experiences in New York, which broadened my understanding that cultural and arts policies require long-term cultivation plans and the involvement of more people. Currently, this handbook has already made an impact on the public art sector in Taiwan. It will be gradually distributed to relevant cultural institutions, public departments, private organizations, schools, and others.”

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