MoCCA gets new digs in SoHo

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MoCCA gets new digs in SoHo

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

“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

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 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 ( 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.

MoCCA gets new digs in SoHo