Culture & Community-Building
Culture & Community-Building
Through Culture & Community-Building, Mekong NYC aims to preserve Southeast Asian culture and language by building local leadership, strengthening intergenerational connections, arts education, and cultural programming.
In Summer 2012, Mekong NYC launched an 8-week intergenerational program for youth and adults to share their stories through photography, culminating in a exhibit at the Bronx Museum. The women who participated in the program created the Women Circle to continue to create a space for participants to engage in community building and healing, dealing with traumas of the past or current distress, celebrate life, and create new leaders in the community whose political consciousness and contributions to the social justice movement will be at the intersection of healing and organizing. They understand their political identity in the movement for social justice through exploring their community's trauma.
Summer Intergenerational Program
The Summer Intergenerational Program aims to educate youth and adults about the needs and priorities of the community, build their knowledge and skills as leaders in the community, and offer youth and adults opportunities to engage in community organizing, neighborhood revitalization, and social justice efforts. Weekly sessions include group discussions, workshops, and trainings. Youth and adults improve their skills in facilitation, community organizing, public speaking, community outreach, campaign planning, and writing and communication. The program concludes with a community event at the end of August.
INTERESTED IN JOINING? Eligibility:
Be between the ages of 13 to 20 years of age
Preferably of Southeast Asian descent (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Mien, Vietnamese)
Preferably lives in the Bronx
Has a willingness to learn about political education, history, arts & culture of Southeast Asia, and leadership development
If interested, please contact our youth coordinators:
Mekong NYC hosts a number of cultural events, including:
Tết (Lunar New Year)
Khmer New Year
Tết Trung Thu (Harvest Moon Festival)
Mekong Dance Circle
Mekong NYC's traditional dance class is a program dedicated to boys and girls of all ages in learning Cambodian arts. Our dancers are taught dances ranging from classical to folk style dancing. Mekong Dance Circle performs during the celebration of Cambodian New Year.
Music Workshop and Class
An introductory to traditional Vietamese music workshop will be held on Thursday, March 1, 3:30-4:30 PM at Poe Park Visitor Center.
A beginner level Dan Tranh class will be held on Thursdays, March 8 to May 10, 3:30-4:30 PM at Poe Park Visitor Center. Registration is required.
Mekong Arts & Music (MẮM), a performance group, has been playing together and teaching music since 2014. To learn more about the group, visit www.mamnyc.org.