Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Asian Arts & Culture Program UMASS

The Asian Arts & Culture Program at the Fine Arts Center is a unique source for enjoying, experiencing and understanding Asian Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, five college area and the western Massachusetts region. The program is dedicated to enriching the quality of life of its residents through singular multidisciplinary and cross-cultural artistic performances and educational events by traditional and contemporary artists and scholars from Asia, the Middle East and the world. Each season presents a varied roster of events that include dance, music, theater performances, films, talks, festivals, tours and community gatherings that are suitable for children K-12 grades and adults.

I Have Worked With

  • March 2016

    A Night in Ancient and New China explores the great music of the east and West with Wu Man , Pipa and the Shanghai Quartet performing works by the eminent Chinese composer Zhao Jiping and Mozart's string Quartet No.20 in D major, K.499

    Multiple residency activities include Screening of Wu Man's film A Musical Heartland: Wu Man returns to China with a public reception. A reading of Wu Man's concerto with the university orchestra, two readings for Umass Music department srting classes with the Shanghai Quartet and a post performance Q & A moderated by Classical music host John Montanari.


    Date: March 28-28, 2016

    Venue: Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Chamber Seating


  • November 2015

    Exciting traditional arts of Korea, from delicate court music, to graceful ritual dances and rousing processional music.


    Venue: Fine Arts Center Concert Hall



  • October 2015

    Two acclaimed Japanese women performersjoin forces to offer an evening filled with humor, charm and elegance. Award winning storyteller Motoko shares hilarious and poignant tales from Rakugo, a 17th century storytelling tradition in Japan accompanied on the Shamisen and koto by the the virtuosic performer Masayo Ishigure, a featured recording artist with Yitzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma for the movie soundtrack of the Memoirs of the Geisha.

    Residency activities by Motoko included visits to the Japanese language and Literature classes at UMass Amherst and Hampshire College.

    Date: 10/7/15
    Venue: Fine Arts Center Bowker Auditorium



  • NEFA Grantee
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

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Asian Arts & Culture Program
9A Curry Hicks, 100 Hicks Way, UMASS
Amherst, MA 01003-9267
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Asian Arts & Culture Program 9A Curry Hicks, UMASS
Amherst, MA 01003
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University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Cultural Nonprofit
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Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - General
Literary Arts - Poetry
Media - Film
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Traditional
Theater - General
Theater - Puppet
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General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
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Arts Centers
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Association of Arts Presenters
Arts Presenters of Northern New England
New England Presenters
Member of APNNE or NEP presenters consortium
Massachusetts State Senate Citation Award 2013
Massachusetts State Senate Citation Award 2007
Japan Society of Boston John E. Thayer III Award 2008
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
ADA Compliant