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.


  • Check out some of our past performances!
    members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra perform on stage
    Cultural Heritage Workshop
  • Youth Orchestra performance


In-House News

On October 25, 2012

students and attendees of heritage workshop Young musicians show off their knowledge at the Chinese Music Heritage Workshop Part II. Congratulations to all who participated. Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to check out the Mencius Youth Orchestra on Saturday November 8th, 2014. See you there!


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