Challenges to Building Arts and Culture Infrastructure

When 21 Dec 2020
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Where Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
United States


Aki Carpenter, Principal and Director of Social Project, Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA)
Andrew Recinos, President, Tessitura Network
Chris Wu, Partner and Director, Wkshps

MODERATOR: Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President

The event is FREE but advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM ID: 846 4841 4707. REGISTER EARLY to secure your spot! It will also be recorded for on-demand viewing on MOCA’s Vimeo channel: by Monday, December 28.

In 2020, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) was selected as one of 20 “America’s Cultural Treasures” through an extraordinary initiative led by the Ford Foundation in partnership with five other leading U.S. foundations and philanthropists: Abrams Foundation, Alice L. Walton Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal, and Barbara and Amos Hostetter.

Ford’s designation is not just a much-needed funding allocation, it is the gift of a new arts and cultural paradigm in America—one that looks at untold stories, forgotten histories, remarkable contributions, missed celebrations. At a time of public health crises, political volatility, and economic uncertainty that have contributed to anti-Asian racism, there is an urgent need for MOCA’s work now more than ever. MOCA will continue to serve as an inspiring leader, bold pioneer, and transnational anchor contributing to the diversity and multiplicity of the American narrative.

As such, we are thrilled to invite you to our inaugural MOCA ACT Program Series launching on Monday, December 21 at 4:00 PM EST. The in-depth conversations we feature will provide viewpoints from professionals working in the field of non-profit arts and culture. In doing so, the MOCA ACT program series hopes to share resources with other arts and cultural organizations that will lead to sustainability and growth despite resource challenges and inequities in funding. Ultimately, MOCA aims to build coalitions with fellow organizations and institutional partners to advance historically marginalized stories and in turn redefine the American narrative.

Our first discussion “Challenges to Building Arts and Culture Infrastructure” will feature Aki Carpenter, Principal and Director of Social Project of Ralph Appelbaum Associates(RAA), a multidisciplinary design firm that has created some of the most stunning and moving museums and cultural institutions worldwide; Andrew Recinos, President of Tessitura Network, an arts enterprise software company dedicated to advancing the business of arts and culture through technology, service, and community; and Chris Wu, Partner and Director of Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design practice that crafts identities for art institutions, public spaces, non-profits, and global brands alike. This program is moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President.

We look forward to your participation, and to sharing this and many more exemplary strategies to build a more equitable future.

Aki Carpenter is a Principal and the Director of Social Projects at Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and has opened over ten award-winning museums and cultural institutions worldwide. Aki’s current work at RAA includes leading the exhibition design for the museum at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, IL; the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City, NY; and the first phase of the Civil Rights Museum in Harlem, NY. Her most recently opened project included the creative direction for the exhibition design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Aki’s passion and experience is dedicated to the development of national and international cultural institutions, with a focus on issues- and mission-based projects. Many of her projects address topics of social justice, activism, and community. Aki is co-founder of BIPOC Directors Collective, an initiative by Directors of Color for fellow and future Directors of Color. She is also a founding member and Creative Director for Ripple Effect, a New Orleans based environmental education start-up dedicated to K-12 education about socio-ecological issues of climate change.

Andrew Recinos is the President of Tessitura Network, a member-owned non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the business of arts and culture through technology, service, and community. Recinos brings a unique skillset to the position having held roles as business leader, arts administrator, technologist, and musician over a three-decade professional career.

He began his affiliation with Tessitura in 2002, in a variety of roles from implementation consultant to Executive Vice President. In 2017, Recinos was named President overseeing all North American operations, and in July 2020, with the planned retirement of the CEO and Co-founder on the horizon, the Tessitura Board of Directors unanimously named Recinos as President & CEO beginning January 1, 2021.

Prior to joining Tessitura, Andrew spent eight years as a member of the leadership team of Jacobson Consulting Applications (JCA), an independent technology company devoted the non-profit sector. From 1995 until 2002, Andrew served in a variety of roles in fundraising and technology at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Andrew is a pianist, trumpet player and composer with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from the O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Andrew lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Peg and daughter Caroline.

Chris Wu is a designer and creative director based in New York. He is a partner and director of Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design practice that crafts identities for art institutions, public spaces, non-profits, and global brands alike. Previously, he was a principal of the design studio Project Projects, winner of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Communication Design, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. Chris has collaborated with clients such as the Guggenheim Museum, M+ Museum, David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, New Museum, Para Site Hong Kong, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, SculptureCenter, Asia Art Archive, Modern Media Group Shanghai and others on identity, exhibition, publication, and interactive projects. Chris received his Master’s degree in Communications Design at Pratt Institute.

Chris has lectured and served as a guest critic at universities and institutions internationally, including as a regular critic at Parsons The New School for Design and School of Visual Arts; SUNY New Paltz, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Barnard College. He has also led a workshop focusing on Chinese typography at The Type Directors Club in New York. Chris authored, translated, edited, and designed Graphic Design: Visual Comparisons (Zoar Press, 2008), a re-issue of the iconic design title, originally published in 1963, with Chris’s footnote and foreword. His work and writing have been widely published in design publications such as IDEA, Eye, Print, Surface, AIGA Eye on Design, PPaper (Taiwan), and Design 360° (China).

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