For twenty-five years the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) has bridged communities and generations through art, culture, education and business.
A nonprofit representing almost 50 countries and cultures from Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, APCC has served over 410,000 people throughout Washington state. Their mission is to provide programs, services, education and business opportunities to the community while displaying their unique artistry, culture and languages.
Whether it is Covid testing and vaccinations clinics, or food and school supply giveaways, APCC is constantly working with local agencies and nonprofits in Pierce County to meet the needs of the community.
But in order to continue serving the growing needs of the community, APCC needs a space that will allow them to operate within a greater capacity.
The problem is a good one to have: they are growing too quickly! With more services, outreach, projects and programs the need for a bigger, better designed space is great.
To bring their vision for an expanded building to life, they started an APCC Building Fund and invited the community to celebrate with them at their 25th anniversary fundraiser.
The fundraising event was a hit and APCC can’t wait to start implementing their plans and start new programs.
APCC Executive Director, Faaluaina Pritchard said, “Our expanded classrooms will also be used to teach entrepreneurship courses which will be led by successful, local AAPI business leaders volunteering their time to direct the classes and experiences.”
Their plans also include a gallery space with cultural displays, martial arts and dance studios, performance auditorium with a full commercial kitchen, library, classrooms, gift shop and garden!
“To better meet the needs of the community, the entire space will be upgraded and pull in traditional features and colors from Asian and Pacific Islander cultures,” said Pritchard.