China Institute Strengthens Its Cultural Presence – August 20, 2015 By Liz Ingrassia
China Institute Strengthens Its Cultural Presence and Programming with its Move to Lower Manhattan
Larger, new facility meets growing community need for services and programs China Institute, the nation’s oldest and most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to deepening understanding of China through appreciation of culture, art, language and business, recently moved from the Upper East Side to an expanded facility in Lower Manhattan.
The new headquarters, located at 100 Washington Street, is being completed in phases. The initial phase, includes expanded classroom space, a 2,000-square foot art gallery, and a new library and seminar room. A second phase, to be completed in spring 2016, will include a 120-seat auditorium, a 3,000-square-foot multi-function room for performances, exhibits and films, a tea house and a bookstore. The new 40,000-square-foot space will be four times the size of the Institute’s former facility. A third and final phase will replace the existing street storefront with a dramatic two-story entrance facade and glass elevator along Washington Street.
The Institute has moved to meet the community’s growing needs for its services and programs, but we still maintain a presence on the Upper East Side with a new satellite location at 151 East 65th Street, one block from the former facility. The Institute’s core offerings will continue and expand in our new space, including more extensive business programming to equip today’s global citizens to respond to a changing world. The fall season of language and art classes for children and adults begins in September, along with a series of films, lectures and workshops. The Institute’s preeminent art gallery will celebrate its grand opening exhibition in fall 2016.
Our new home, now the largest space devoted to Chinese culture in Manhattan, will increase our opportunity to collaborate with other cultural institutions, offer an even more dynamic ‘gateway to China’ for a new generation of global citizens, and reach even more individuals, corporations and their executives, schools and teachers. Welcome!
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