Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Receives $2 Million

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Washington, D.C., has announced a $2 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

Awarded in support of the center's strategic plan to become an innovative national resource for learning about Asian Pacific American history, art, and culture, the grant will provide core support for staffing, institutional partnerships, community outreach, and "culture labs" — experimental and traditional pop-up exhibitions and digital activities.

"This is a transformative grant for Asian Pacific America," said the center's director, Konrad Ng. "It will support creative initiatives that will foster a deeper and more complex understanding of the Asian Pacific American experience in ways that are designed to expand what a national museum experience can be, digitally and in person."

"Konrad Ng and APAC's leaders have envisioned fresh and innovative platforms for highlighting the rich culture and heritage of Asian Pacific Americans in ways that turn the museum experience inside out," said Elizabeth Alexander, director of Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. "This work embodies the Ford Foundation's commitment to lifting up diverse voices — through community engagement in local neighborhoods to digital engagement across the globe and around the world. We are proud to be a partner in this work."

"Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Receives $2 Million Grant." Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Press Release 12/16/2015.