NYC Cultural Festival

Sunday, Jan 26, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Come celebrate with CMA! You are invited to CMA’s NYC Cultural Festival on Sunday, January 26 from 10 am – 5 pm. CMA is partnering with New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club to present works inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Chinatown and NYC Asian diaspora artists. Hudson Square Librarian Kristy Raffensberger will be leading Story Time at 1 pm. Interactive workshops and performances by the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club will take place at 12 pm and 2 pm. 

CMA’s Cultural Festivals are a monthly series featuring 10 ethnic or cultural communities in NYC per year that are free with general admission.

Workshops include:

Special City Paper Cuts inspired by Emily Mock in Fine Arts: What is special to you about your community? Artist Emily Mock creates paper cuts about the rapidly changing neighborhood of Chinatown and how those changes affect the local community. There are things we may see every day in our own communities and neighborhoods that hold a special place in our hearts! What is yours? Think about what makes your neighborhood special and create a paper cut of that person or place today to add to our collaborative window display!

Hybrid Paper Mache Plants inspired by Ming Fay in Fine Arts: Ming Fay is an artist who was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the US in 1961. In the US, he founded the Epoxy Art Group, which provides a platform and community for Chinese American artists based in New York. One of Ming’s noteworthy projects was Canutopia, an installation of fabricated plants that were imagined as hybrids, or mixes, of various species. Ming combined the symbolism of the plants to create a narrative that fused their Eastern heritage with their Western lifestyle. Today in the studio, we will create our own imaginary plants with special meanings and hang them from wires to create an immersive installation.

Experimental Bookmaking! Pop Up Books & More inspired by Vincent Chong in the Gallery: Artist Vincent Chong creates artist books that take unusual shapes or forms! One technique Chong has used in bookmaking is laser cutting the inside pages to create a sculptural element in the book. Today, we will be experimenting with bookmaking techniques to do the opposite — have sculptural elements pop out! Join us in creating and binding a simple pop-up book from start to finish. Already a pop-up book master? Use the materials to make any kind of wacky or unusual book!

Identity Folk Songs inspired by A Grain of Sand in the Sound Booth: The Basement Workshop was an artist collective that began in Chinatown in the 1970s. The collective did activist work and also helped establish Asian American artist identity in NYC by collecting and archiving Asian American history, as well as offering arts educational programs. One member remarked, “There wasn’t anything at all out there. There was no music. No published poetry, music, recordings. Nothing. It was through Basement that people began to refer to themselves as artists. I didn’t know any artists. I wanted to be one—but I didn’t know what that meant.” Listen to one of their formative works, a folk album called A Grain of Sand, and write a collaborative song using a guitar and your voice. What do you want to share about your identity? 

Community Street Projection Art inspired by “Here to Stay” in the Media Lab: Inspired by Chinatown Art Brigade’s public art project “Here to Stay,” we will be creating our own community-minded projections. In this year-long effort, Chinatown Art Brigade partnered with CAAAV, an organization that works to connect Asian communities, to project large-scale messages of displacement and resilience in Chinatown. Using shadows, transparencies, and projections, create a projection of a message to your community!

Lucky Animals at the Clay Bar: Happy New Year! The first day of the Lunar New Year is January 25, kicking off 2020 and the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the first animal of the Chinese Zodiac, and it symbolizes wealth. Will you make a Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, or Pig at the Clay Bar? 

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club, a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate youth about Chinese heritage through the culture of lion dance, martial arts and athletics.

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