Pao Arts Center’s annual Experience Chinatown Arts Festival returns

Pao Arts Center’s annual Experience Chinatown Arts Festival returns throughout the summer and fall to celebrate the rich cultural fabric of Boston Chinatown through creative activities for all.    

This free festival features outdoor performances, a gallery opening, and visual art installations in locations across Chinatown – all aimed at restoring and empowering the Chinatown neighborhood and the Asian and Pacific Islander community.  

Throughout the festival’s duration from August 26 – October 28, visitors are invited to view colorful and bold window murals at participating local businesses and organizations, addressing the 2022 Experience Chinatown mural prompt of “What makes a community special?” This year’s window mural artists each responded with intricate works showcasing their unique response to the question, paying homage to Boston Chinatown neighborhood history, personal relationships, cultural heritage, participating business’ history, among other themes. In honor of Pao Arts Center’s fifth anniversary year, the center has commissioned the highest number of window murals in the festival’s history, nine in total. 

Similar to previous years, bustling Washington Street will feature the majority of the festival’s murals, including: Nell Valle’s Tigers Hot Pot Together at Liuyis Hotpot, Anna Dugan’s Mga Babae Ngayon At Kahapon - Women Today and Yesterday at Happy Lamb Hot Pot Boston, Maria Fong’s Intergenerational Persistence at Dumpling Cafe, and Ponnapa Prakkamakul’s Together Everywhere at Q Restaurant. The festival welcomed two new participating businesses this year: WakuWaku Ramen, which will feature Katelyn Lipton’s In the Clouds, and Crave Chinatown, which will showcase Victoria Lai and Jenny Tran’s Wing to Wing. Around the corner from Pao Arts Center at APM Coffee will be Amanda Beard Garcia’s mural, Coffee is always beautiful Pao Arts Center and the center’s parent organization, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) will also offer window space for murals by Ashley Jin: Made Together and A Soft Place to Land, respectively. Read all of the muralists’ artistic statements on the Experience Chinatown 2022 page

In photo above: Mural Artist Anna Dugan at Happy Lamb Hot Pot Boston.