Mencius Society for the Arts

Mencius Society was founded in 2003 as a not-for-profit organization registered in the State of New York. The organization’s mission is inspired by the teachings of Mengzi (better known as “Mencius“ in the west), a Chinese philosopher who believed in the notion of personal cultivation and social contract. With focus on the Chinese tradition (though by no means exclusively) Mencius seeks to enhance public awareness of classical and folk cultures and to promote personal and social benefits that are derived from learning and from disciplined pursuits.

In performing arts, Mencius presents concerts, festivals and workshops under the banner of EastRiver Ensemble and EastRiver Arts Center.

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Upcoming! Feb 28, 2015 Workshop and Performance

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NYC Chinese Music Youth Award
DEADLINE: October 6, 2014
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Cultural Heritage Workshop
members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra perform on stage

Youth Orchestra performance

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In-House News

On November 8, 2014

Students playing in the Nov 8, 2014 concert

Young musicians show off their talents and hard work during our November 8, 2014 Concert. Congratulations to all who participated. Stay tuned for more updates!


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