State Funds New Chinatown Arts Center With $26.5M

Publication: San Francisco Examiner/Bay City News

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, on Thursday announced he was able to secure $26.5 million in state funding for a new arts and media center in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Ting, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the new center, to be called Edge on the Square, would be a destination for visitors and tourists to learn about Asian and Pacific Islanders in the arts, education, social change and technology sectors.

Edge on the Square will be located at 800 Grant Ave., one block from the iconic Portsmouth Square. The center is set to feature exhibits and serve as a venue for shows and presentations.

“The alarming increase in hate incidents against members of the API community tells us we must invest in ways to educate people by promoting the numerous contributions and value that APIs have brought to the fabric of California and this country. Edge on the Square will be a place to learn and open minds, while also giving our API community a safe space to be seen and heard,” Ting said in statement.