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Meet Founder Daisy Kuan, President Jennifer Nan and the Board of Directors of San Diego Chinese Art & Cultural Society

Today we’d like to introduce you to Founder Daisy Kuan, President Jennifer Nan and the Board of Directors.

In 1991, an art lover and educator, Daisy Kuan, together with a group of Chinese American friends in San Diego, got together and established the San Diego Chinese Art Society. They wanted to expose art to our youth, hoping to enrich their lives. In time, this group grew in size and expanded its purpose. Today, they are known as the San Diego Chinese Art and Cultural Society: a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting from the founder’s humble living room, the group of artists got together, they held concerts for Chinese students who studied music in the US, put together art exhibits for visiting artists from Taiwan China or Asia, fund-raising for needy art students. Providing a platform for vocal, instrument and dance performances. It started out from a living room to concert halls to performing art centers. It has been a long and hard journey, but it was never about how much money we can make? it is always about how many people we can reach? And how well we can showcase the talents? It is our mission to educate the young to be proud of their heritage and appreciation of all forms of art!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about San Diego Chinese Art & Cultural Society – what should we know?
We promote greater awareness of Chinese art and culture via art education, special exhibits and performances held year round. We also have a scholarship program aimed at encouraging and helping young people to develop their art and musical talents. In addition, we strive to promote a better understanding of other cultures with our most popular event being the annual International Music and Arts Festival held close to the Lunar New Year. Every year we are hosting a field trip to museums and 3-4 seminars about arts, music and different topics to our members.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
San Diego Chinese Art & Cultural Society strive to introduce different Eastern and Western forms of art to everyone in the community, starting with our annual International Music & Art Festival. Starting in 1991, the Festival includes an art competition for the community and a concert containing acts that range from a Mexican mariachi band and Chinese opera to rhythmic gymnastics and kung fu.


  • annual membership fee $20, life membership $150

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