The Chinese Culture Connection (CCC) announced it has received a $35,000 grant from the Mass Cultural Council through its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program. This special one-year grant program was established and funded through a legislative earmark in the Fiscal Year 2022 state budget. Its goal is to uplift and provide financial assistance to AAPI arts and culture organizations that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are very grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council and to the state legislature for funding this program,” said CCC Executive Director Mei Hung. “We are especially honored that the MCC has selected the Chinese Culture Connection to receive funds under this program. This grant recognizes the important role the CCC plays in supporting the local community with educational programs rooted in Chinese culture, language, and arts.”
Like many organizations, CCC has experienced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of these funds, CCC is able to restart many of its in-person programs after a two-year hiatus.
“The Chinese Culture Connection has been providing cultural and educational programs and services to support the Asian and non-Asian communities in the greater Malden area for more than 20 years,” said State Representative Steve Ultrino, a Democrat representing the 33rd Middlesex District. “I am very proud of the Chinese Culture Connection, and I fully support its efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding.”
With this grant, CCC will continue to provide a wide range of educational programs in the areas of language, arts, humanities and civic engagement. These programs are designed for both children and adults, and they will serve Chinese immigrants, Chinese descendants and those who are interested in learning about Chinese culture. CCC’s mission is to bring different types of learning and exchange to promote intercultural understanding and harmony, with the goals of helping immigrants thrive in their new home and Chinese descendants learn more about their cultural heritage. By doing so, our community develops positive multicultural identities.
For more information about the Chinese Culture Connection’s programs and services, please visit www.ChineseCultureConnection.org or call 781-321-6316.