When the development of a luxury condominium threatens a local mural depicting the diverse culture of the neighborhood, a community in a rapidly gentrifying city rallies to protect its history, voice, icons, and land.
Dr. Anne Huang is the Development Director of World Arts West, producers of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which supports Bay Area dance companies that are sustaining and celebrating the world’s cultural legacy. With over twenty years of experience in arts administration and executive management, Anne specializes in resource development and capacity building for traditional artists and culturally specific arts organizations.
Supporting and developing the traditional arts is Anne’s second career. Due to her personal involvement as a singer and dancer with groups such as Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Obakoso, she left her successful career in dentistry to fulfill her lifelong dream to support the traditional arts. Anne has worked with CubaCaribe, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Dimensions Dance Theater, Brasarte, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, and many other arts organizations.
Anne is the former Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), where she transformed OACC from a struggling arts organization into a vibrant cultural institution. She is also the founding director of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, which aims to preserve Oakland Chinatown’s cultural and historical legacy through intergenerational dialogue. Anne has served on many funding and cultural panels, such as San Francisco Arts Commission, City of Oakland, and Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Her dedication comes from her belief in the timeless significance of traditional arts to empower individuals and transform communities.