The City and County of San Francisco Asian Art Commission is responsible for the determination of policy for and the administration of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
At the time the Asian Art Museum was formed, upon the significant donation of art from Avery Brundage, the Asian Art Museum Foundation was established as the private fundraising arm of the museum. Originally, this arrangement was made to comply with Brundage’s request that funds be raised for acquisitions he had selected for addition to the collection. This obligation was duly met and the Foundation continued its fundraising as a nonprofit organization in order to support various museum activities. Over the years, the city’s share of funding for operational expenses has declined sharply and the Foundation has borne an increasingly large share of such costs.
Commissioners and Foundation trustees work together for the benefit of the museum, frequently serving on each other’s committees. Some members have had a lifelong interest in Asian art and are serious collectors. Others do not have great depth of knowledge of Asian art but contribute expertise in other areas. All share a fellowship based on the conviction that the Asian Art Museum is unique and the best of its kind and is a tremendous asset to the city of San Francisco. By strengthening the museum, they feel strongly that they are benefiting the city of San Francisco by enhancing its quality of life, reputation as a cultural center and appeal to visitors who bring in millions of dollars annually. Through involvement with the museum, Commissioners in turn develop a better understanding of Asia, a region of vital importance to San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Asian Art Commission
Asian Art Museum—Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102