Purpose and Organization

The Center for United States-China Arts Exchange is a not-for-profit national organization affiliated with Columbia University. The Center was founded to promote mutual interest in and understanding of the arts of the United States and China and to promote creativity in both countries. The Center's geographic reach has since expanded to include the entire Pacific region.

Established on October 1, 1978, with support grants from The Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and a research grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. the Center receives contributions of office space and university services from Columbia, where it is headquartered. The Center is not a funding organization; it relies on contributions of money, materials, and services from foundations, corporations, and individuals to carry out its programs. The Board of Managers and the Advisory Council, both created in the spring of 1981, oversee the Center's programs and policies. 


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