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    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on November 8, 2019

    Judith has been volunteering at MCC for over a year helping teach citizenship classes to the MCC Community twice a week. She took the initiative to start a weekly English Conversation Group for students that passed their citizenship exam, but who still wanted to learn more about America, practice English and stay in community with […]


    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on October 22, 2019

    Claudio has been volunteering at MCC for two years leading the English Conversation Group for Older Adults and helping at Civic Engagement events. The group provides a space for students to practice their English outside of the ESOL classroom. Claudio goes above and beyond what his original volunteer role was, taking the lead on facilitating […]

  • Evan Hagan, EA Art School’s Studio Manager, was accepted into a prestigious program to spend two weeks in an intensive ceramics workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He shared his experience below:  Can you tell us about Haystack Mountain School of Crafts?  Haystack Mountain Craft School is in Deer Island, Maine. It’s been there […]

  • Neither Here Nor There: An Interview with The Artists

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on September 5, 2019

    Artists Edward Salas (@pain_tingzzz) and Marco DaSilva (@quaintstruggle) spoke to us about their exhibition, Neither Here Nor There, which is now on view at MCC. In this eccentrically playful collection of work, Latinx-American artists Edward and Marco rethink the emblematic New York City Skyline as a symbol for identity culture, the urban environment, love, and spirituality. The textured hybrid […]

  • Changemaker Spotlight: Laurie Lichtenstein

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on August 21, 2019

    Laurie Lichtenstein has been volunteering at MCC in the teen center this summer, helping students begin their college applications and working on a new mentor curriculum. With limited staff, Laurie provided integral support to our teens by giving them one and one attention and offering her skills and expertise in education and college counseling to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Welcome to “Cafetinos”: The LES’s Best New Restaurant

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on June 20, 2019

    On May 23rd, families and friends of the 3 and 4-year-old children in Classroom 308 were invited to the opening of a restaurant. “Cafetinos” was a full-service pop-up cafe inside their classroom created and staffed by the children as a celebration of their months-long exploration of food, restaurants, and community. Cafetinos was born in Classroom […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Abby Brazinski

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on June 19, 2019

    Abby Brazinski has been volunteering at MCC for about a year in the ceramics studio as a studio monitor. We rely on artists who want to give their time to the community to help our studio stay clean and organized, and provide students need help or advice. Abby also goes above and beyond in support the teachers and students in their projects outside of the […]

  • Connect the Dots: Revisiting MCC’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on June 6, 2019

    On February 12th, many of you joined us for a community breakfast and communal art project celebrating the 5th anniversary of MCC’s opening! We shared a light morning meal and together, created the second edition of Connect the Dots; a reprise of the inaugural art exhibition when Manny Cantor Center opened in February 2013. Connect […]

  • A Passover Message from Executive Director Rabbi Joanna Samuels

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on April 19, 2019

    Download Telling the Story: A Haggadah for Our Immigrant City  Like many of you, I found myself glued to the news on Monday, as the first reports emerged about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Despite the fact that I am neither French, nor Catholic, nor an architecture enthusiast, I felt sickened. Even when it […]

  • 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 […]

  • Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center is gearing up for Spring and Summer Sessions filled with creativity, expression, and inspiration. Limited-time discounts for new students are available now! We talked to our instructors to find out what motivates them to share their creativity, and how community arts programs enhance student learning. Thomas Legaspi […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sheila

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on March 15, 2019

    Sheila is a founding member of SALT (Senior Advocacy Leadership Team), a group of older adults that is working to ensure seniors are heard in the community, around issues like transportation, affordable housing and green space. Sheila attends SALT’s weekly meetings at MCC, along with many other events in and around the LES to advocate […]

  • 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 […]

  • 6th Floor Improvement Project Begins Monday, February 11th

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on February 8, 2019

    Manny Cantor Center strives to create the best programs and services possible in our beautiful, light-filled building. With that in mind, we will be refurbishing our 6th Floor community space, including replacing the flooring. The project will take place between Monday February 11th and Sunday, February 24th. We have scheduled this work during and around […]

  • 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 […]

  • Commit to Yourself This January with MCC Fitness

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 21, 2018

    This January, we are excited to announce a series of weekend specialty classes in our Fitness Center! These classes are designed for members of all fitness levels to strengthen their understanding, start and new fitness routine, or go deeper into their practice. Start 2019 on the right foot with workshops with star instructors Siewli, Swarali, […]

  • Thank You to Our Volunteers: More Hands, More Hearts, More Voices

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 21, 2018

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world” This famous Ghandi quote is at the heart of what happens at Manny Cantor Center each day. Our programs are fueled by dedicated volunteers who work to make our center a better place. MCC volunteers do everything from preparing and serving meals to older adults, […]

  • Instructor Highlight: Creativity and a Passion for Teaching

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

    We have a line-up of exciting new classes coming to you this winter! We talked to our instructors to find out what creativity means to them and what they find most inspiring about teaching art to others. Read more about each of our instructors below and sign up yourself or a family member for one […]

  • 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 […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Cindy

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on November 12, 2018

    Meet Cindy! She just celebrated her one year Manny Cantor Center Volunteeraversary in October! She has done so many things here, and is always offering a helping hand. We wanted to highlight Cindy and share with you all that she is doing. Cindy is a regular lunch service volunteer at the Weinberg Senior Center, but […]

  • 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 […]

  • Educational Alliance mourns the death of Janet Weinberg

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on September 5, 2018

    A Message from Alan van Capelle President and CEO, Educational Alliance Educational Alliance mourns the death of Janet Weinberg on September 1, 2018. Over the course of her life, Janet dedicated herself to improving the lives of others through her work in the fields of healthcare and social services. All who interacted with her knew […]

  • 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 […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Jania

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on August 2, 2018

    Meet Jania. She is a member of MCC’s Edgies Teen Center and lives nearby. She’s decided to spend her summer volunteering in one of our Early Childhood Classroom’s, and quickly was loved by both the students and teachers. Jania has volunteered 100+ hours this summer. Read about the experience in her own words. My role […]

  • Rabbi Joanna Samuels Speaks at the Capitol Building

    By Manny Cantor Center | In In The News | on July 27, 2018

    On Tuesday, I was honored to participate in a press conference at our nation’s Capitol.  It was called by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders, as well as the Reverend Dr. William Barber III (founder of the Poor People’s Campaign) in order to highlight voices of faith leaders who are working for a […]

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