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Honoring the power of art as healing, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) cordially invites you to participate in a hands-on collaborative program “Start with My Name” with artist and therapeutic coach Karen Kang, an awardee of Asian American Arts Alliance’s ‘What Can We Do?’ initiative for artists engaging with New York AAPI in creative projects rooted in care.

Koreans use bojagi— (traditionally square-shaped fabrics, either whole or patch worked) —to wrap, carry, cover and store daily and special objects. With each stitch, the creator attaches thoughts of well wishes or happiness. What are our hopes and dreams for our neighbors, ourselves, and our communities in this time of heightened violence and insecurity?

“Start with My Name.” Names carry meaning, culture, and strength. Join us to share your name through embroidery onto a community quilt, so we as Asian Americans can be seen and known by one another. Together, we can create beauty as our united response and collective voice against the rising tide of anti-Asian hate and violence. Karen will facilitate a safe space to explore and create with our AAPI community.

Kindly note that spots are limited and allocated on a first come, first reserve basis. SIGN UP now. No prior sewing skills are needed. We encourage you to bring any fabric pieces that may hold special meanings for the quilt. All sewing materials and light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to your participation.

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September 15, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:30 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.

The Asian American Arts Alliance (A4)’s What Can We Do? (WCWD?) is made possible with support from the Asian American Federation.