Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) announced that Cynthia Woo has joined the agency as the new director of One Chinatown Arts Center.
A Southern California native, Woo started her work in the arts and culture sector as part of the staff that opened the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles in 2003. Fueled by a commitment to strengthen the connection of arts to the community, Woo relocated to Boston to obtain her Masters of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies certificate from Tufts University.
Over the past ten years, Woo has worked in the Boston-area arts sector, first as the director of programs and special events at LynnArts, Inc., and most recently as the director of community relations at the Boston Center for the Arts. Over seven years at the BCA, she developed community partnerships, managed audience-building activities and created access to the arts through public programs. Woo also is an adjunct educator at the Museum of Fine Arts, through which she was first introduced to BCNC by serving as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison.
“I am excited to once again be working in the Chinatown community and to have the tremendous opportunity to establish One Chinatown as a vital resource for artists, residents and visitors to our city,” Woo said. “Arts and creativity are so important in building curious young minds, engaged families and healthy communities.”
“Cynthia’s wealth of experience in the cultural sector makes her a key addition to the BCNC team,” said Giles Li, executive director. “Boston has an incredible cultural sector that Chinatown, unfortunately, is largely disconnected from. With Cynthia at its helm, One Chinatown will support the master artists and aspiring artists in our community, and build a bridge to the world-class institutions Boston has to offer.”