MoCCA gets new digs in SoHo

Mon, February 16th, 2004 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

NEW YORK, February 12, 2004 After little more than a year at the Museum of

Comic and Cartoon Art's first physical home in Union Square MoCCA Chairman

Lawrence Klein today proudly announced a deal to move the young museum to

larger facilities at 594 Broadway in Lower Manhattan's famed SoHo arts

district.

"The move downtown more than doubles our available space, allowing us to

mount multiple exhibits simultaneously and giving us the classroom space we

need to offer even more arts education programs to New York City's

schoolchildren," says Klein. "For an organization barely two years old,

this a tremendous leap forward and I'd like to thank MoCCA Board of Advisor

member Jeffrey R. Gural, chairman of Newmark & Company Real Estate, Inc. and

owner of 594 Broadway, for offering us the generous lease that makes this

move possible."

"I am very pleased and proud to have been chosen to serve on the Board of

Advisors for MOCCA ," says Gural. "And I look forward to having such a

valuable and prestigious tenant such as MOCCA adding arts and culture to the

Metropolitan area."

The move to 594 Broadway makes the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art the first

cultural institution to move into Lower Manhattan under the City's new

program to foster growth of the arts and culture as part of the economic

revitalization of Lower Manhattan. As part of the program, MoCCA has

received pledges of support and funding from City Councilmember Alan Gerson,

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and the New York City

Department of Cultural Affairs.

MoCCA's new home is located on the fourth floor of 594 Broadway. According

to Klein, plans call for roughly two-thirds of the usable space to be

devoted to hosting exhibits, events, and educational programs, with the

remaining area allocated for office and storage space.

About MoCCA

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education

organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, and

presentation of one of the world's most popular art forms. MoCCA's mission

is to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic,

cultural, and historical significance of comic and cartoon art. To that

end, the museum hosts exhibits and events, conducts educational programs,

and serves as a resource for those conducting scholarly or professional

research on comic and cartoon art.

Each June for the last two years, the museum has held its Annual MoCCA Art

Festival at SoHo's historic Puck Building (located at 295 Lafayette Street -

only two short blocks east of the museum's new home), drawing thousands of

comic and cartoon artists, art collectors, publishers, and fans to Lower

Manhattan for a one-day exhibition of new works and the opportunity to

purchase a wide variety of comics directly from the creators or their

publishers.

This year, the MoCCA Art Festival returns to the Puck Building as a two-day

event, June 26-27, including the 17th Annual Harvey Awards Banquet (see

www.harveyawards.org) on Saturday evening (June 26) to announce the winners

of this prestigious annual industry award for excellence in comic and

cartoon art.

For more information about these or other MoCCA events, please visit the

museum Website (www.moccany.org). In addition to event and exhibit

listings, the MoCCA Website includes the museum's on-line comic and cartoon

art exhibit "Duck!" and provides information for those interested in

becoming a MoCCA member/volunteer/supporter or just learning more about the

organization and its mission.

 
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