The Global Artists’ Creative Collaboration for Empowerment-GACCE, USA has a history of being the first and only Filipino-American initiated state-registered art organization with multicultural involvement in California, USA. It was founded by Dr. Bernadette Escalona-Cooper who has a prolific background and experience in the field of art. It was incorporated in the State of California on October 2012 and fiscally sponsored initially by the New York Foundation for the Arts with the project called “Face the Race” and currently by the Intersection for the Arts, California. GACCE was founded to promote and support the works of not only Filipino and Filipino-American artists but the intermingling of multicultural arts that brings people together, exchange their unique artistry, and increase participation in artistic, cultural, and societal life. It is a strong advocate for the artists and their works because it is supported and surrounded by bright, knowledgeable, and sagacious people from the art circle, its fiscal sponsor, advocates, schools, and other organizations. 

Ayesha Samdani


Board Member

Ann Galeon

Country Representative

Board Member

​​​​​​​​​ The Global Artists' Creative Collaboration for Empowerment - GACCE

is a State Registered Art Organization fiscally sponsored by

the Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, USA. 

Francess Nicholeen Labrador

Special Projects Associate


We are a member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection for the Arts is a historic arts nonprofit that provides people working in arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow.                                                                                      

Dr. Bernadette Escalona-Cooper

Founder and Chairman


To integrate the arts towards multi-cultural community building promoting social justice and equity

Mr. Rafael "Popoy" Cusi

Prominent Filipino Watercolorist

Dr. Lynne Brown
Former Chairman,

Arts Commission San Jose, California

Melissa Banzon-Monzo

Special Projects Associate



Sam Penaso

Special Projects Associate


Melanie Rose Cabalde

Special Projects Associate


Ms. Nenita Dimapilis
Former Director
Cultural Affairs Office
Adamson University Gallery
Manila, Philippines

Nante Carandang

Associate Country Representative

Special Projects Associate


Rebecca Delgado Rottman
Former Vice President

for Community and

Government Relations 

Academy of Arts University,

San Francisco, California

John Merick Eupalao

Associate Country Representative

Special Projects Associate


Sonia Sanchez

To build an art community that hones aesthetic capital of diverse artists and enthusiasts from the community, attaining convergent cultural leadership.

Our Story

Atty. Lorna Kapunan


​Cultural Center of the Philippines


Ms. Cristina "Kitty" Taniguchi
Curator Mariyah Gallery
Dumaguete City, Philippines

​Advisory Board Committee

Mr. Ron Muriera
Director Arts Industry Support Office

of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs San Jose, California

​Board President

Californians for the Arts

Our Team

Dr. Zenaida Beltejar
Director of Social Services
Philippine National Red Cross, Philippines

​​About GACCE

Mr. Atanacio "Tam" Austria
Prominent Veteran Artist

Prominent Filipino Visual Artist

Angelo Page-Maristela

Vice President for Creatives

Dr. Roxanne Cajigas

Vice President for Development

Board Member