A report from the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center.
TACOMA – Asia Pacific Cultural Center celebrates 25 yearse Anniversary in 2021, not only by remembering their past achievements and successes, but also looking to the future with a new construction project for their existing home. The project will include the rehabilitation of their existing 10,500 square foot building on South Tacoma Way and the construction of a new wing that will add an additional 10,000 feet.
The expanded facility will include a gallery as well as a cultural exhibition space, a tea room, martial arts and dance studios, a performance auditorium with a full commercial kitchen, a small library, more rooms. classy, a gift shop and an Asian-Pacific garden space. Another exciting addition will be a culinary kitchen which will be used to teach Asian culinary skills to aspiring students, preparing them to enter the food industry workforce.
According to APCC Executive Director Faaluaina Pritchard, “Our expanded classrooms will also be used to teach entrepreneurship courses which will be led by successful local AAPI business leaders who will donate their time to lead the courses and experiences “.
Engaging the community and getting them excited about the new APCC building was certainly part of the design process, as evidenced by their vision for the soon-to-be-expanded center. A good example is APCC’s plan to bring the AAPI Night Markets, a fun extravagant shopping night, to the new center. The APCC wishes to generate community camaraderie and ensure that the surrounding area has a wonderful place to congregate and purchase AAPI items.
Located in South Park, Tacoma Metro Parks, APCC has simply outgrown its existing building. Always striving to meet the needs of the community, APCC has spent the past two years working with local agencies and other nonprofits on a multitude of programs, outreach and other service projects, especially in response to the pandemic. Whether it’s Covid testing and vaccination clinics, or food gifts and school supplies, APCC is constantly working with local neighbors in and around Tacoma and Pierce County. The expansion of services to the community over the past two years highlights the need for more and better designed spaces.
“To better meet the needs of the community, the entire space will be modernized to incorporate traditional features and colors of Asian and Pacific Island cultures,” said Pritchard.
The AAPI garden will focus on the magnificent flowers of the islands and the magnificent trees, fountains and sculptures of Asia. Large bay windows will allow natural light to flow through the building and illuminate cultural exhibits while creating an inviting museum quality. Much-needed office space will be added to better meet the needs of APCC staff and their storage needs.
APCC will showcase the new construction project during their 25e Anniversary with a celebration at the Tacoma Convention Center on Saturday, November 6e from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants will enjoy a wonderful night of socializing, delicious dinner, music and cultural performances, including a special presentation from Kunjang University of South Korea. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/apcc25thanniversaryticket.
The Asia-Pacific Cultural Center was established in 1996 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to bring communities and generations together through art, culture, education and business. . The center served more than 410,000 people across Washington in 2020 through numerous cultural, arts, youth, education and outreach programs and services. The center is located at 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409. Their website is apcc96.org