On Thursday, May 20 MOCA opened our doors to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and the Asian Mentoring Committee for A Night of Dreams, the first annual fundraiser for this wonderful volunteer affinity group. A long-term art project culminating in an “Adult’s-Only” Fundraiser and a family-friendly Artists’ Reception this was, as Richard Fu, dedicated Big Brother and leader of the AMC stated, a monumental occasion for everyone involved. The “Littles” (mentees involved in the program) were asked to create pieces of artwork that answered a question that is too often overlooked in young lives: “What is your dream?” Their work was then framed and installed in the Bloomberg Special Exhibitions Gallery at the Museum of Chinese in America. (On display through the end of June 2010.)
Through the artwork activity, BBBS of NYC and AMC built a dialogue between the Big/Little matches centered on their dreams and heritage, helping to build stronger, more fulfilling relationships and offering inspiration to all. To build awareness (and raise much-needed funds), MOCA, BBBS of NYC and the AMC hosted the A Night of Dreams’ Art Showcase, attended by 85 guests and four media outlets. The event built community awareness about the support and guidance children require, recruited new volunteers, and raised over $4,000, giving the AMC a solid budgetary foundation for future events and programs. This event could not have happened without the support of dedicated volunteers and donors. We are grateful to the sponsors who helped us achieve these numbers, including support from Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation and Urban Racer, food and drink donations for the evening from Coca-Cola, Everything Frosted, Sidney Frank Importing Company, and Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan Café, as well as raffle prize donations from Coty, Kittichai, Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport, and Soie Aroma.
On Sunday, May 23 we again welcomed the AMC community, this time for an Artists’ Reception which showcased the hard work and inspirational effort of the Littles’ hope and dreams. As Richard Fu noted, “we saw first-hand how a successful one-to-one mentorship positively affects the lives surrounding our matches”, as parents and siblings celebrated alongside the proud artists. This event was generously (and deliciously) sponsored by the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Coca Cola, Everything Frosted and Ito En Tea.
As the Museum of Chinese in America, we were proud to host both events, to reach out to supporters of BBBS of NYC and the AMC as well as the youth and families matched through BBBS of NYC, to show that there is a community of people who are proud to be Chinese American and who want to show that dreams can be achieved through hard work, dedication and the support of families, friends and mentors. We look forward to future opportunities to support AMC’s efforts in “Inspiring a Future, Today!”
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, please visit bigsnyc.org
For more information about MOCA and to view the Dreams Project Exhibit, please visit mocanyc.org
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