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Chinese American Arts Council | Gallery 456

Chinese American Arts Council was established in 1975 to meet the cultural needs of the expanding Chinese community in New York City. It aims to preserve the Chinese heritage within its own community and to introduce its culture to the greater New York community. 

On April 14, 1989, the Chinese American Arts Council opened the first non profit Asian art gallery in SOHO. The Council's office, located at 456 Broadway 3rd floor, was renovated to include Gallery 456. The newly created 700 square foot gallery, complete with track lighting, presented its first five artists' exhibition, featuring four painters and a sculptor, Dan Qing Chen, Che Chuang, Yan Hsia, Ji Da Wong, and Chi Hung Yang. The opening was a gala celebration for the new gallery. Three hundred, old and new friends, joined the staff and artists, enjoyed the art and wished success of the new venture.

In keeping with the Council's dedication in helping artistic exchange and exposure, Gallery 456 actively presents new opportunities to emerging Asian artists to show their works. The central location of the gallery, in downtown SOHO, helps artists' exposure to the main street. In addition to performing arts, both traditional and contemporary arts are to be presented in eight to ten exhibits annually. The works of the artists often reveal the artistic trend on the horizon.

As part of an art service organization, the gallery serves not only the artist, visual and performing but also the community and the general public. Seminars on art are often planned to further the public appreciation of the culture.

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