The Canadian Society for Asian Arts (CSAA) was founded in 1969 as a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. Recognizing the Asian ethnocultural diversity of Vancouver and its geographic position on the Pacific Rim, a diverse group of individuals interested in the arts and cultures of Asia formed the CSAA. The Society is uniquely pan-Asian in its mission, its program focus, its membership, and its governing Board.
Today, the Society continues to promote the understanding and appreciation of the arts of Asia by conceptualizing, organizing and presenting programs, exhibitions and publications that build bridges and explore links between and among cultures.
The Society’s history has been a record of accomplishment. Since its establishment, the CSAA has created over 500 quality programs and events. Its achievements are remarkable, as nearly all CSAA programs are created by skilled volunteers who enthusiastically transfer their expertise to the public domain.
The Society works cooperatively with other groups such as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, the Museum of Vancouver and others to offer free and accessible Asian arts programs.
The Society’s long-range goal is the establishment of a museum or gallery reflecting a pan-Asian perspective, where all manner of artistic creation can be presented and explored.
Since 1969, the CSAA has presented hundreds of events on Asian Arts and cultures, including:
- Exhibition and art shows
- Lectures and slide shows
- Discussion panels and demonstrations
- Performing arts events
- Excursions to Asian arts events, galleries and museums
What Sustains the Society?
- Community-based volunteer effort
- Donations and fundraising
- Membership dues
- Revenues from publication sales
- In-kind contributions from supporting individuals and companies
The Society warmly welcomes the interest and participation of any and all who care to discover or enhance their appreciation of Asian Arts and Culture. Please join us!