Eric Chang

Arts Program Coordinator, Arts Program, Communications & External Relations
ChangE [at]
Area of Expertise: 

Performing and visual arts of Asia and the Pacific; East Asian music and culture

Eric Chang is coordinator of the East-West Center Arts Program where he manages gallery exhibitions, performing arts presentations, and community engagement activities with an Asia Pacific focus. He has coordinated over 60 gallery exhibitions and performing arts projects, and hundreds of school and community programs with artists from across the region. Chang is also Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, a multi-day event showcasing the rich dance cultures of the region.

Chang was initially introduced to a world of visual and performing arts at UCLA, where he studied electrical engineering. In 2003 he was awarded the first Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellowship, which brought him to Hawai‘i to study taiko with master musician Kenny Endo. Chang continues to learn and perform taiko and related arts, with a particular interest in Edo Kotobuki Jishi, the lion dance of Edo-period Tokyo. He is a two-time recipient of the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. He has served on many non-profit arts organization boards, including: Hawai'i Museums Association; Arts Focus Southeast Asia; Performing Arts Presenters of Hawai‘i; Taiko Arts Center; and the Hawai‘i Gamelan Society. Chang was selected as a 2017 Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Emerging Leaders of Color fellow, and was accepted to participate in the 2018 International Gugak (traditional music) Workshop in Seoul, South Korea. He continues to seek and create opportunities for creative learning and community connections in the arts.