Meet MCC

  • Advocacy Institute Training at Columbia Law School

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on August 1, 2019

    Advocacy Institute Training at Columbia Law School Deb Scher, Director of Strategic Service & Civic Engagement at Manny Cantor Center  I had the great opportunity, thanks to our wonderful partners United Neighborhood Houses, to attend a three-day training from the Advocacy Insititute. This was basically a crash course in New York City and New York […]

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  • Meet Our Instructors: Julia Chen, Painter

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Arts & Culture, Meet MCC | on June 20, 2019

    On July 8, Educational Alliance Art School is back with four and eight week classes in ceramics, painting, and mixed media. For our painters, we will be offering two new four-week classes on Saturdays with longtime Teaching Artist, Julia Chen. These classes are designed as crash-courses in techniques that will push your painting to the […]

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  • Ruffa Elaine Espejon volunteers with MCC’s Senior Advocacy Leadership Team, working with senior activists on a variety advocacy projects that empower older adults on the Lower East Side to use their voice to make change. Read about her experience in her own words: “I started after I heard about my aunt’s experience volunteering with the […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ciara

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on February 14, 2019

    Meet Ciara! She is a data and evaluation volunteer for the Research & Evaluation team, and has been volunteering for five months, and will be with us until May doing a practicum. She is originally from Brooklyn and is in an applied developmental psychology doctoral program at Fordham. She helps analyze data about our early […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ting Ting

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on January 17, 2019

    Meet Ting Ting! She has been volunteering at MCC for three months in the 3-year-old Head Start Classroom, and has really enjoyed it so far. She is passionate about being a great role model for her own two young children, and all of the children in our schools. She chose to volunteer at MCC to […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: George & Marta

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on December 13, 2018

    Meet Marta and George, They both volunteer in the Teen Center as support volunteers, both started in September of this past year and although they have never met, they both are committed to the teen center and enjoy the work they do here at MCC. As support volunteers, George and Marta sign in the teens […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ilana Novick

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on October 11, 2018

    Meet Ilana. She is a member and volunteer at MCC and has lived in the neighborhood for many years. She’s been volunteering with us since 2015, filling a number of different roles at MCC. Beginning with marketing for events around the community, doing community outreach and communication, and then following the 2016 election, she began […]

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  • Evan Hagan always knew that he wanted to be an artist. He began drawing at an early age, producing graphic novels and comics in his free time as a kid growing up in Peoria, Illinois. He continued to explore illustrating and drawing, and found a passion for ceramics when he was accepted as an apprentice […]

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  • Getting Creative in Open Studio: Shannon Galligan-Stierle

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC | on March 23, 2018

    I began my journey at The Manny Cantor Center in January 2015 in the Two’s Together program co-teaching with Pat Kornfeld.  I have enjoyed the past two years heading the 3-day 3’s classroom in the Educational Alliance Preschool but am very excited to be sharing a room this year with Pat once again in the […]

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  • Storytelling in Our Immigrant City: Croilot

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC | on December 12, 2017

    In anticipation of the opening of Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City on December 14th, we will be highlighting a few stories from this exhibit. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of […]

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  • Storytelling in Our Immigrant City: Fatima

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Arts & Culture, Meet MCC | on December 7, 2017

    In anticipation of the opening of Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City on December 14th, we will be highlighting a few stories from this exhibit. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of […]

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  • Demetra Tsantes: Kidfit Ballet Instructor

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Health & Wellness, Meet MCC | on December 5, 2017

    Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to MCC to teach this course “I have been working at MCC these last two years, but having been working with children for the last 6 years in various dance and afterschool programs. I am a professional Tap dancer who loves dancing and performing and […]

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  • Feargal Doyle: Watercolor Instructor

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Arts & Culture, Meet MCC | on November 29, 2017

    “Watercolor is a very exciting medium, as it is impossible to completely control the results, you are forced into going with the flow and it lends itself to a more intuitive style.”   What is your background with the Educational Alliance/MCC and what brought you to teach at the Art School? “I began to volunteer […]

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  • Introducing KidFit @Manny Cantor Center

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Health & Wellness, Meet MCC | on September 1, 2017

    MCC Fitness Group Exercise and Programming Director Carolina Walicki talks to us about new KidFit programming! Starting this fall, you can join Zumbini to bond with your newborn, sign your kids up to make new friends and learn life skills they’ll carry through their lives in Kids Wrestling, and let your teen find their own […]

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2017 CONTACT: Di Jayawickrema, Marketing & Communications Manager, Manny Cantor Center, di@mannycantor.org   Manny Cantor Center welcomes Howard Greenstein as its new Associate Director of Operations and Business Strategy New York, NY- Howard Greenstein has been named the new Associate Director of Operations and Business Strategy of Manny Cantor Center. […]

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  • We feel extremely lucky and grateful to have been able to host Cozbi A. Cabrera as our Boro-Linc resident artist this season. Cozbi led our spring program attendees in heirloom doll-making workshops inspired by performances from Lincoln Center’s Jazz and Chamber Music orchestras. From April to June community members explored questions of history, family and identity with […]

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  • With summer around the corner, we interviewed Educational Alliance Preschool Summer Session Director Jessica Bieber to see what’s coming up for kids at MCC this summer! What makes Educational Alliance Summer Session special? The Educational Alliance Preschool Summer Session is located within the vibrant, diverse Manny Cantor Center, which presents many wonderful opportunities for collaboration, whether with […]

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  • Meet MCC: Manny Cantor, The Founder of Our Immigrant Story

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC | on April 21, 2017

    From the opening of Ellis Island 125 years ago to the welcoming beacon of the Statue of Liberty, New York has always had a rich and strong history of immigration. Today, 60% of New Yorkers are immigrants or children of immigrants, including Educational Alliance Board of Trustee member Richard Cantor, whose father, Manny Cantor is […]

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  • Meet MCC: Jacky, MCC Fitness Member

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Health & Wellness, Meet MCC | on April 14, 2017

    Jacky has been a member at Manny Cantor Fitness for about four years now, since he was fifteen, and being part of the MCC Fitness family can only be described as a life-changing experience for him. Though he didn’t start using his membership until about a year and a half ago, his confidence is already boosted […]

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  • Young Voices Through Art Imagines 2050

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, In The News, Meet MCC, Teens | on April 7, 2017

    Esmeralda, Noelani, and Wilkely are 11th grade members of our Edgies Teen Center and hope the future has some girl power in store. The three impassioned young ladies were part of a team of nine dedicated students who designed a beautiful art piece for the Young Voices Through Art: Our Visions of 2050 exhibition. The […]

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  • The Educational Alliance Art School has been around since 1905 and we’ve been lucky to have some pretty incredible students and teachers walk through our studios: Chaim Gross, Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson just to name a few. This semester, we welcome two new teachers to the fold, Jessica Olah and Hilary Lorenz who will be […]

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  • Meet Gene Eng: Weinberg Center Member & U.S. Veteran

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC | on November 10, 2016

    Next up in our Pop-Up Series @ Manny Cantor Center, we celebrate Veteran’s Day tomorrow 11/11 with our Weinberg Center for Balanced Living. Members of the Weinberg Center Singing Group will perform in the MCC lobby from 8:30AM-9:30AM in honor of the day, including veteran Gene Eng, a devoted member of and volunteer for our older adults […]

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  • We are thrilled to welcome visiting fellow, Yang Zhang to Manny Cantor Center. During her month-long stay organized by the State Department, Yang will be working with our Educational Alliance Head Start programs at Manny Cantor Center and Weinberg Senior Center to help us envision a three-generational model for learning. Manny Cantor Center is proud to […]

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  • About the Artist Born in Long Island New York, Faculty Art Show artist Jodie Niss has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Her early exposure to galleries and fine museums helped shape her constant love of art. As a child, she took classes at the Artist League and Rosen School of […]

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  • Micaela (aka Mickey) has been a beloved member of our Educational Alliance Preschool Staff for two years, and we are so excited to have her step into our 2016 Summer Session Director position. Tell us a little bit about yourself for those who don’t know you. Well, I’m a nearly native New Yorker…I spent the first few […]

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