The Taipei Cultural Center in New York (TCC), which was established as the first overseas office of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture in 1991, builds connections through arts and culture in New York and throughout North America. Each year, we reach out to art museums, theaters, performing arts centers, film cinemas, festivals, curators, and presenters in the US and Canada. We support international cultural exchanges, collaborations, and artistic events in order to introduce Taiwan's arts and culture to a broader audience.
The Cultural Center (known today as the Taipei Cultural Center in New York or TCC) was co-founded by the Council for Cultural Affairs, Government Information Office, and Ministry of Education in 1991. It ran the Taipei Gallery and Taipei Theater, which were located at 1121 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. These venues served as platforms for showcasing Taiwanese culture. In 2002, the venues were closed due to a change in the Cultural Center’s mission. In October 2005, the center relocated to its current address at 1 East 42nd Street.
The TCC’s new mission is to reach out and collaborate with cultural organizations in the U.S. and Canada. On May 20, 2012, the Council for Cultural Affairs was upgraded and renamed as the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). The Ministry has opened four branch offices: the TCC, Taiwan Academy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S., Taiwan Academy of TECO in Los Angeles, and Taiwan Academy of TECO in Houston.