[SF Standard] Massive Asian American Cultural Center Planned Near Portsmouth Square


Community advocates and political leaders gather beside a newly painted mural at the future site of Edge on the Square.


Widely considered Chinatown’s “living room,” Portsmouth Square is the focal point of the historic neighborhood. Around the block from its statues and plaques, a coalition of community stakeholders plans to make use of state funding for California’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by establishing a new art and culture-focused center.


“Edge on the Square,” prominently located on the tourist-heavy corner of Grant Avenue and Clay Street, will eventually house multiple major Asian American community-based organizations that provide space for events and programs to revive the neighborhood. This Saturday, the site will play a major role in Neon Was Never Brighter, Chinatown’s first-ever contemporary art festival.


On Thursday afternoon, city leaders and Chinatown activists gathered to celebrate Edge on the Square’s birth, unveiling a mural on the building’s outside wall.


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