Chinese Performing Arts of America (San Jose, CA)


  • Name:Ann Woo
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chinese Performing Arts of America
  • Address:6148 Bollinger Road
    San Jose, CA 95129
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-973-8276

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  • Mission:
  • Founded in 1991 as a 501(c)3 corporation, the mission of Chinese Performing Arts of America (CPAA) is to introduce Chinese culture as an integral part of the American society through the performing arts; to promote multiculturalism through collaborations with arts organizations from other communities; and to promote global cultural exchange through international cultural events. We regard art as an essence of the community's spiritual and economic growth.

  • Overview:
  • The beautiful bay by the City of San Francisco and the City of San Jose is a region well-known for its culture diversity that contributes to its strength both in business and quality of life. The Bay Area has the largest Chinese-descant population in the US who has preserved some of the best parts of the Chinese heritage such as Tai Chi and Kung Fu, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese cuisine and literature, studious students and "tiger moms," etc. In Silicon Valley, thousands of Chinese of first and second generations working in the hi-tech industries are influenced by the Confucius philosophy of high respect to intellectuals. However, Chinese cultural identity is ambiguous to many citizens. As the global economy network continues to expand, there is a growing interest in understanding the Chinese culture of the 20% of the world population which represent 20% of the world market. Chinese Americans, who make up 10% of the Bay Area population, can serve as a bridge between the East and the West while pursuing their own American dream.

    CPAA (Chinese Performing Arts of America) founded in San Jose as a nonprofit organization in 1991, has been chartered to introduce Chinese culture as an integral part of the American society through high quality performing arts. CPAA's annual programs are planned by the artistic team: creative director, artistic director, and the music director who design the programs based on the mission of CPAA. An annual proposal is to be approved by the board of directors who serve as a guiding and supervising body. The projects are clearly explained with a budget and timeline so that the board members understand the goals, the scope of the work, and their financial responsibilities

    CPAA's core artists are professionals from China. CPAA is one of a few Chinese art companies in the Bay Area (probably in the entire USA) that have the expertise and resources to produce various Chinese programs on an ongoing basis. CPAA is the home of many talents including playwright, composer, costume and stage designer, choreographer, and professional performers who form an artistic team to create original productions every year. Since founding, the artistic team has created over 20 original works of short (5 to 7 minutes,) medium (12 to 30 minutes,) and full-scale (1 to 2 hours) productions. Their new works are designed in modern presentation for the contemporary audience. The innovative productions have established CPAA a highly acclaimed performing art company in the Bay Area.

    To maintain a steady growth, CPAA has learned to formulate a well planned annual program, balance budgets, strong staff, and a creative artistic team as the basic requirements for a healthy art organization. We strive to build our strength on broad services to the community through various art programs. In recent years, we have formed collaborations with other sister organizations to reach out to different sectors in our community. In many of our new productions, we have incorporated different disciplines as well as multi-culture elements to present innovative productions to attract new audiences.

    To provide job opportunities to our resident artists, CPAA operates CPAA Academy to train our children in the arts. Now CPAA's professional artists and our emerging young artists are repeated guest performers in many community events. Their performances serve as a life advertisement for CPAA, and at the same time, they make important contributions to the cultural enrichment in our community.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1991 and registered as a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1992, CPAA started with $12,000 as seed money from the donation of 11 founding board members. In 2013, CPAA has grown to a mid-size art organization with an annual budget of $750,000 to serve 30,000 audiences every year. In the past 22 years of CPAA's history, there are several major stages of growth.

    In the first decade of CPAA's history, we established our name by presenting colorful, high quality Chinese dance and music performances. The major event was the Chinese Performing Arts Festival presented in professional venues such as San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Flint Center, Civic Auditorium, Palace of fine Arts, Herbst Theater, and others. CPAA has consistently created at least one new work every year in past two decades. The memorable productions include Shangri-La in 1993, Sorrow of the Great Wall in 1996, Dragon2000 in 2000, Middle Kingdom – Ancient China in 2005, Moon Reflection on Crystal Spring in 2006, New Dream of the Butterfly in 2009, and Legend of the Dragon in 2012. These original works have received rave reviews from critics and our audience.

    In 2001, CPAA launched the Moon Festival as a new outdoor project to its annual plan. In two consecutive years, CPAA and Great America formed collaboration to present the Moon Festival in the Santa Clara County. Since then, the Moon Festival has become CPAA's annual project presented in various locations including Civic Auditorium in San Jose, Mission College in Santa Clara, Central Park in Fremont, Memorial Park in Cupertino, and Orchard Shopping Center in West San Jose. This event provides a platform for CPAA to form collaborations with many other sister organizations to showcase the diverse culture in the South Bay.

    To introduce our arts to audiences beyond Silicon Valley, CPAA started its own journey of art on a national tour in 2003. Our flagship production, Dances of China - A Journey of 5,000 Years, is a production comprised of the works created by our artistic team in the first decade. The company has toured California, Hawaii, Nevada, Florida, Texas, Idaho, New York, Washington State, Massachusetts, Alaska, British of Columbia, and Ontario. Many audiences were exposed to the Chinese stage performances the first time, and we sometimes found ourselves the only Asian Americans in town.

    In 2003, CPAA established CPAA Academy to expand our services offering art training to youth and adults. The faculty is the members of our professional artists who teach dance, music, vocal, martial arts, and other classes. The school was a 6,000 sq. ft. space inside the Valco Shopping Center in Cupertino. Running a school helps CPAA reaching out to another level of operation. Hundreds of families and CPAA form a tight bonding in their daily activities. The parents are great volunteers in ticket sales, PR, backstage help, transportation, and also individual donors, especially through employee matched fund programs of many local hi-tech companies. Later in 2007, the school was moved to a 14,000 sq. ft. facility in West San Jose. Under the direction of the professional faculty, three youth performing arts groups have been established: CPAA Dance Group, CPAA Children Choir, and CPAA Youth Chamber Orchestra. The members are the top students selected through an audition process. As one of the out reach programs, these young artists have represented CPAA to participate in many community events.

    In 2005, CPAA's launched Silicon Valley International Art Competition (SVIAC.) As another important out reach program, this event is to provide a platform for art enthusiasts to present their talents, to cultivate friendship among the artists, to flourish cultural exchange between Silicon Valley and other regions of the world. Another purpose of SVIAC is to promote tourism in San Jose and the neighboring cities. Besides competing in various art categories, included in the program for contestants is also a tour to the famous Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Disneyland, and other tourist sites. Many foreign contestants who come from China are invited through our resident artists who still have close ties with art institutes in China. As the second economic power of the world, China is known for exporting tourists. According to one statistic, a tourist from China spends, in average, $4,000/trip. The SVIAC would give many contestants with their family members a reason to travel to Silicon Valley.

  • Year established:1991
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:12

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Dennis Wan
    Joy Kuo
    Zhou Hui
    Jenny Huang
    Ann Woo
    Jenny Woo
    Linda Wang
    Ping Huey
    Yang Yang
    Ping Li

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Ann Woo, Exective Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Yong Yao,
    Artistic Director;
    Phil Young, Music Director;
    Ching Shyu, Designer;
    Sherlin Chan, Choir Director;
    Virginia Jian, Manager;
    Ken Yang, Tecnical Director;
    Jenny Woo, accountant;
    Jacque Lin, PR Manager;
    Andy Jian, Event Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:770301932

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770301932
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:6148 BOLLINGER RD
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95129-3068
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A620
  • Asset Amount:$141,620
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$721,773
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$721,773
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:21:04 pm

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