Asian Art Museum

Asian arts and cultures

The Asian Art Museum, opened in 1966 as a result of a gift to the City of San Francisco by industrialist Avery Brundage, is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history.  The museum is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture.

In 2007, the Asian Art Museum received a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program to support the three-week artist-in-residency of master Japanese bamboo basket artists Koho and Aya Kajiwara.  Coinciding with the museum’s exhibition of the Cotsen Japanese bamboo basket collection, grant funds supported the artists participation in public programs.