Mencius Society for the Arts

Mencius Society for the Arts (MSA) is devoted to the performance and education of cultural arts in the multicultural context of America. Drawing inspiration from the Chinese philosopher, Mengzi (better known in the west as ‘Mencius’), MSA seeks to foster the spirit of discipline and self-cultivation that is Unique to the Chinese tradition of learning, with emphasis on the total contract of “master-and-disciple” and the life time devotion of the “practitioner”. Specifically, MSA is driven by the following purposes:

  • To serve as a forum for the public to learn and enjoy the intellectual, aesthetic and physiological benefits derived from literary and artistic pursuits;
  • To hold performances, workshops, recitals & seminars in such disciplines as Chinese instrumental music, theatrical arts (opera & acrobatics), painting, calligraphy, oratory arts (story-telling, poetic recitals) & tea aesthetics in order to educate the public in the benefits of appreciating and pursuing such disciplines;
  • To offer and maintain a year-round schedule of classes open to the public and thereby foster interest in folk arts not just as an end in itself but as a vehicle for cultivating “right learning” as a way of life;
  • To conduct grade examinations and competitions in the various arts forms so as to keep alive and promote a healthy culture of rigorous striving, discipline and a competitive spirit;
  • To foster a cultural bridge between East and West, America and China and to present new and emergent artists and artistic forms and thus inspire all of society and the world in the pursuit of human excellence removed from the stress and constraints of the commercial market.
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NYC Chinese Music Youth Award
DEADLINE: October 14, 2015
Download application here

Cultural Heritage Workshop
members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra perform on stage

Youth Orchestra performance

For more information on courses, browse our bulletin here.



In-House News

Sept 19, 2015

Mencius Youth Chinesse Orchestra (MYCO), our senior youth orchestra, performed at Staten Island's Snug Harbor for the mid-autumn fesitval on September 19, 2015. Stay tuned for more updates!


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