The Museum of Chinese in America

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

MOCA Monday: Chinatown through the eyes of Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Museum of Chinese in America maintains an extensive archive and collection of Chinese American artifacts and oral histories. MOCA Mondays will briefly highlight one image or item from the collection. For more information, visit our website.

My Beautiful Chinatown, by the Littles of the Asian Mentoring Committee.

 

My Beautiful Chinatown, sponsored by Chinatown Partnership in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and the Asian Mentoring Committee. In May of 2010 MOCA hosted BBBS NYC and the AMC for A Night of Dreams. The Dreams Project challenged first generation Chinese-American Littles to openly discuss their dreams for the future and understand who they can strive to be. The exhibit displayed their original artwork conveying those dreams. Participation in the Project opened beautiful dialogue about how they can accomplish their dreams— what goals should be set, what career options are available, what steps should be taken to keep on track for success—and how embracing their cultural heritage is critical for a lifetime of happiness.

Filed under: MOCA Monday, , , ,

“Successful future as bright and beautiful as tapestry”

If you were to read the writing on the walls, you’d know what’s on their minds: “read ten thousand books and walk ten thousand miles to seek knowledge”; “to get promotion continuously/to attain eminence step by step”; “successful future as bright and beautiful as tapestry”—these are some of the words chosen by the young artists to display in this, the second annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and the Asian Mentoring Committee’s Fundraiser. As with last year’s event the “Littles” (mentees involved in the program) created unique pieces of art under the guidance of their “Bigs” (program mentors.) This year, acclaimed author and artist Mingmei Yip taught calligraphy workshops to the pairs, instructing the Littles in the art of Chinese brushwork. To create their final piece, each Little wrote out a traditional Chinese proverb that held personal meaning. Their work was then framed and installed in the classroom of the Museum of Chinese in America. (On display through summer 2011.)

This artwork, and the efforts of BBBS of NYC and the AMC, was celebrated with a fundraiser on May 18 at MOCA. Hector Batista, Executive Director of BBBS of NYC, welcomed guests to kick-off the evening. Friends and fans mingled while enjoying food and drink. Traditional music performed by Wukun Li (Pipa), Tingting Chen (Gu Zheng) and Wen Li (Dulcimer) entertained guests, and inspiring speaker Cambao De Duong shared his life experiences.  The evening, like the proverbs promised, was a great success. We sincerely thank all of the dedicated volunteers who gave their time, as well as sponsors and partners including Fay Da Bakery, Filled with Sweets Desserts, Khao Tip Restaurant, Paleewong Trading Co., PepsiMax, Red Egg, and Taiwan Beer.

On Saturday, May 21 the Museum again welcomed Bigs, Littles and their families to an Artists’ Reception. Through their interactions, 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 included tasty treats from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, as well as gift bags including prizes from ChinaSprout, L’Oreal, and McDonalds.

Artist Littles pose with their pieces

The Museum of Chinese in America was proud to host both events, to witness the growth of previous participants and welcome new matches, and to once again reach out to the adult community of BBBS and AMC supporters as well as the youth and families matched through BBBS. We truly believe that the Littles will have a successful future through hard work, dedication and the support of families, friends and mentors and we look forward to future opportunities to support AMC’s efforts in “Inspiring a Future, Today!”

Filed under: MOCA, Public Programs, , ,

A Night of Dreams inspires us all

Dreams on display in the Bloomberg Gallery

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.

Little Artists celebrate their work at MOCA

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

Emily Chovanec
Visitor Services Manager

Filed under: MOCA, , ,

MOCA on Twitter

  • We've moved! Please follow along @mocanyc for Museum exhibitions and programs information and culturally relevant links. 8 years ago