Press Release (12/16/10): Museum of Chinese in America Secures Prestigious Grant from The Helmsley Charitable Trust

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NEW YORK, NY- The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has received a ground-breaking $400,000 two-year grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand and enhance the Museum's capacity, and leverage its unique position as the only museum of its kind on the East Coast. Support from The Helmsley Trust will enable MOCA to implement a vast array of language services and programs to ensure that as the Museum grows, it remains accessible to diverse underserved constituents.

The grant is one of the largest grants given to MOCA in recent history and affirms the Museum’s ability to successfully impact specific communities. Born within Chinatown's mixed-community, MOCA has always been sensitive to the needs of and issues faced by underserved populations, including immigrants, low-income students, and workers who live and work in the neighborhood and other parts of the City.

MOCA’s plans will help break down language barriers and extend MOCA’s ability to reach over 35,000 immigrant and working class families through the Museum’s content, via language services and programs. Some of the new programs will tailor material to NYC's immigrant Chinese-language speakers, Spanish-speakers, and working class families in order to encourage dialogue and facilitate access to content.

Immigrant and working class individuals and families will benefit from:

  • new language content and programs.
  • MOCA with the Family free access program- trilingual family kits and passes distributed through schools and community partners.
  • access to educational material for schools through MOCA in the Classroom. The Museum plans to bring its content to 12,000 new students via presentations and kits.
  • related programming that expands access to MOCA's artifacts, oral histories, and other treasures by creating special collections and related public programs in
  • Chinese.

MOCA seeks to attain the highest ideal for cultural institutions--serving as diverse an audience as possible, and remaining accessible. S. Alice Mong, Director, says “MOCA
welcomes the opportunity to serve the broader American community in this capacity. We are committed to facilitating diverse individuals’ access to and understanding of history
and art. We are very excited about the opportunities that this grant will provide to tens of thousands of underserved immigrants, working families, and students.”

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City at 215 Centre Street, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timers” in Chinatown would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a resource for historians and community members alike, the Museum has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential
voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across the country. The Museum’s original location at 70 Mulberry Street, currently the Collections and Research Center, is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. For more information, visit


Monday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for prescheduled group tours and special



General Admission: $7
Seniors (65+ with ID) and
Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free
MOCA Members: Free
Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission every Thursday through the generosity of Target


MOCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization supported by its members, individual
donors, and by public and private funds.