Official Press Release
NEW YORK, February 12, 2004 After little more than a year at the Museum ofComic and Cartoon Art's first physical home in Union Square MoCCA ChairmanLawrence Klein today proudly announced a deal to move the young museum tolarger facilities at 594 Broadway in Lower Manhattan's famed SoHo artsdistrict.
"The move downtown more than doubles our available space, allowing us tomount multiple exhibits simultaneously and giving us the classroom space weneed to offer even more arts education programs to New York City'sschoolchildren," says Klein. "For an organization barely two years old,this a tremendous leap forward and I'd like to thank MoCCA Board of Advisormember Jeffrey R. Gural, chairman of Newmark & Company Real Estate, Inc. andowner of 594 Broadway, for offering us the generous lease that makes thismove possible."
"I am very pleased and proud to have been chosen to serve on the Board ofAdvisors for MOCCA ," says Gural. "And I look forward to having such avaluable and prestigious tenant such as MOCCA adding arts and culture to theMetropolitan area."
The move to 594 Broadway makes the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art the firstcultural institution to move into Lower Manhattan under the City's newprogram to foster growth of the arts and culture as part of the economicrevitalization of Lower Manhattan. As part of the program, MoCCA hasreceived pledges of support and funding from City Councilmember Alan Gerson,Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and the New York CityDepartment of Cultural Affairs.
MoCCA's new home is located on the fourth floor of 594 Broadway. Accordingto Klein, plans call for roughly two-thirds of the usable space to bedevoted to hosting exhibits, events, and educational programs, with theremaining area allocated for office and storage space.
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts educationorganization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, andpresentation of one of the world's most popular art forms. MoCCA's missionis to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic,cultural, and historical significance of comic and cartoon art. To thatend, the museum hosts exhibits and events, conducts educational programs,and serves as a resource for those conducting scholarly or professionalresearch on comic and cartoon art.
Each June for the last two years, the museum has held its Annual MoCCA ArtFestival at SoHo's historic Puck Building (located at 295 Lafayette Street -only two short blocks east of the museum's new home), drawing thousands ofcomic and cartoon artists, art collectors, publishers, and fans to LowerManhattan for a one-day exhibition of new works and the opportunity topurchase a wide variety of comics directly from the creators or theirpublishers.
This year, the MoCCA Art Festival returns to the Puck Building as a two-dayevent, June 26-27, including the 17th Annual Harvey Awards Banquet (seewww.harveyawards.org) on Saturday evening (June 26) to announce the winnersof this prestigious annual industry award for excellence in comic andcartoon art.
For more information about these or other MoCCA events, please visit themuseum Website (www.moccany.org). In addition to event and exhibitlistings, the MoCCA Website includes the museum's on-line comic and cartoonart exhibit "Duck!" and provides information for those interested inbecoming a MoCCA member/volunteer/supporter or just learning more about theorganization and its mission.