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In celebration of MOCA FEST 2023, the MOCA team cordially invites you to attend a one-hour museum-focused discussion for four consecutive Tuesdays from January 17 to February 7 to envision a New MOCA. Every week we will focus on a specific section – Exhibitions, Genealogy, Education (School and Family Programs), and Performance & Public Programs, and share preliminary ideas for each programmatic area. These engaging conversations will be led by staff from their respective department – Curatorial, Collections, Education, and Performance & Public Programs. We look forward to your participaation, and to having you be part of this unprecedented generational opportunity.


Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. EST


Performance & Public Programs

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. EST


Education (School and Family Programs)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. EST



Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. EST


Museum of Chinese in America Exterior Rendering – Lafayette Street Night | Maya Lin Studio © 2022

About the New MOCA

In April 2022, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) unveiled plans for its new headquarters designed by world-renowned architect Maya Lin in partnership with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, one of the world’s leading museum design firms. The project is the first collaboration between the two firms.

The unveiling of the new national institution comes at a critical time when anti-Asian hate crimes rose to 10,905 incidents nationwide since March 2020. The new facility will make a statement in the fight against anti-Asian American Pacific Islander discrimination while ensuring the museum continues its mission of preserving and protecting the history of the Chinese American community as well as the larger Asian American diaspora.

Located in New York City’s Chinatown, the new facility will replace MOCA’s current home and expand its current footprint from 12,000 square feet to more than 68,000 square feet. The building will feature a center for research and genealogy, theater, classrooms, a cooking demonstration kitchen, exhibit space, a canteen, and outdoor gathering spaces. The new space, expected to open in 2025, will offer visitors a welcoming place for research, exploration, education, creation, and gathering.

Just as the space will welcome visitors from across the country and around the world, it will also provide Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods a place for local groups to collaborate and showcase work, share multigenerational experiences, and create new works of art – the first state of the art location of its kind in the area.

Museum of Chinese in America Interior Rendering – Lobby looking West | Maya Lin Studio © 2022

Museum of Chinese in America Interior Rendering – Auditorium | Maya Lin Studio © 2022

January 31, 2023
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.