The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) promotes dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange.
The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world. This mission is accomplished through fellowships and other programs that support individual artists, scholars, and arts professionals.
To date, ACC has supported over 6,000 exchanges across 26 countries and regions, and 16 artistic disciplines. As a grant-making and grant-seeking organization, ACC raises funds from individual, foundation, and corporate donors. ACC also convenes arts leaders, fostering dialogue around the importance of cultural exchange in developing understanding and respect across international and cultural borders.
ACC is headquartered in New York City with regional offices supported by local ACC foundations and patron groups in Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo.
In 1963, John D. Rockefeller 3rd established the Asian Cultural Program of the JDR 3rd Fund to support cultural exchange in Asia and the United States through grants to individuals and organizations working in the visual and performing arts. With Porter A. McCray as Founding Director, the Asian Cultural Program developed its signature grant-making style, emphasizing individually tailored programs based on the needs of each grant recipient.
ACC Manila provides artists, scholars, and arts professionals opportunities for transformative exchange between the Philippines and the United States, as well as the Philippines and the rest of Asia. Since 1963, we have supported more than 300 exchanges of individuals from the Philippines.
In 2000, the ACC Manila office and ACC Philippines Foundation (ACCPF) was established under the leadership of trustees Ernest L. Escaler, Maria Isabel G. Ongpin, Isabel Caro Wilson, Josie Cruz Natori, and David Rockefeller, Jr. ACCPF raises funds and advocates to increase international exchange opportunities for the vibrant and exciting art sector in the Philippines. Annually, we host auctions and fundraising events bolstered by and celebrating our active community of alumni, trustees, and supporters.
The ACC turned 60 this year and an anniversary gala dinner was held at the Maynila Ballroom of The Manila Hotel with the President of the Republic of the Philippines Bongbong Marcos and First Lady Liza Marcos in attendance. Asian Cultural Council Chairman Josie Natori and Asian Cultural Council Philippines Chairman Ernest Escaler were present to welcome guests.
A three-course Filipino dinner was prepared by chef Margarita Forés while song and dance numbers were performed by Bituin Escalante, Poppert Bernadas, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and dancers from Alice Reyes Dance Philippines.
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Banner photo by Pepper Teehankee.