Ascend Educational Fund Second Annual Gala, Mar. 14

The Ascend Educational Fund (AEF) is a New York City non-profit focused on providing college scholarships and mentorship to students of immigrant background, regardless of national origin, ethnicity, and immigration status. In our first two years, we have awarded nearly $100,000 to 16 outstanding students, representing countries including Bangladesh, Mexico, China, India, Guyana, Dominican Republic, South Korea, and Tibet.

We are holding our Second Annual Gala on Saturday, March 14 at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City. 100% of the profits from the Annual Gala will be awarded as college scholarships. The evening will feature a four-hour open bar, food stations, a keynote by Pulitzer-award winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, multi-cultural performances, DJ, and a silent auction!

Please visit AEF’s Annual Gala website for more information:

2015 KALCA College Internship Program: Applications Due March 27, 2015

The KALCA College Internship Program, now entering its 15th year, is a unique opportunity for college students and recent graduates of Korean and Asian American descent with demonstrated leadership potential to gain practical, hands-on exposure to government, politics and non-profit advocacy.

Interns will earn a stipend of $2,000 by participating and successfully completing the program. Applications are due by Friday, March 27, 2015. Visit the program overview and submit an application today! For questions, contact [email protected].

About KALCA:

The Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) is a 501©(3) non-profit, non-partisan, education and community advocacy organization. KALCA is dedicated to promoting the civic participation of Korean Americans and Asian Pacific Americans. KALCA seeks to promote active participation of the Korean and Asian American communities in the civic process; to educate community members about their rights, duties and responsibilities as American citizens; and to encourage community members to contribute to the broader American society. KALCA strives to accomplish its goals through leadership development, education and advocacy programs on behalf of the community.

MOCAFAMILY: Lunar New Year Family Festival, Feb. 28

Blaaast into the New Year with MOCA! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts! Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance, create zodiac themed crafts, embark on storytelling journeys, and sway along with Chinatown’sRed Silk Dancers – and much more family fun at MOCA, so herd on over!

Tickets: $10/person; $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. Advance online purchase recommended.

View festival schedule in PDF.

In collaboration with: Bian Dang & Kung Fu Ramen.


Performances & Demonstrations

11:00 am: Lion Dance Performance and Workshop by theColumbia University Lion Dance Troupe
1:00 pm, 3:00 pm: New Year Festival Dances with theChinatown’s Red Silk Dancers*
2:00 pm: Tastes of the New Year: Tasting & Demonstrations

Workshops & Other Activities

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Drop in Arts and Crafts Activities: Fantastic Firecrackers and Zany Zodiac Puppets
11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Rest + Play
12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm: Legends Story Time

Teaching Artist Demonstrations

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Calligraphy Corner with Tianyi Shan
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Fish for More! with’s Jenny Chan
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Balloon Animal Art with Artist Corinne Robkin
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Zodiac Face Painting

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Puppet Making + Puppetry with Chinese Theatre Works

* Denotes a ticketed event. Ticketed events are free with admission, but have limited capacity.

Save the date for more Lunar New Year activities:

MOCACREATE: Museum Makeover!
Dates: Saturday, February 7 and 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum admission.

Walking Tour Special: Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown

Dates: Offered on Saturdays and Sundays in February from Saturday, February 7, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015
Time: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

CELEBRASIA: New Year Festivities for Families

CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration amongst leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes. Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years from January to March by participating in hands‐on workshops and programs. Follow CelebrASIA on Facebook for the latest updates on events.