The Korean Cultural Service New York (KCSNY) is a government institution inaugurated in December 1979 to establish and promote Korean culture and aesthetics in New York. KCSNY provides diverse cultural and artistic activities including gallery exhibitions, performing arts concerts, film festivals, and educational programs.
Gallery exhibitions are organized by Gallery Korea, a division of KCSNY, utilizing 2,490 sq. ft of exhibition space for various Korean, Korean-American, and international artists. Each year, more than ten exhibitions are held with 100 or more participants to showcase new and renowned artists.
KCSNY also engages in other performing arts events that introduce traditional Korean music, dance, cuisine, and fashion. In particular, KCSNY sponsors Korea Music Foundation and hosts concerts and recitals attracting annual audience of over 1,500 people.
Not only that, KCSNY’s Film division is a dynamic part of KCSNY with increasing attention and support from the public. Korean Movie Nights were successfully held every month by introducing new Korean films at Tribeca Cinemas. The Film division also sponsored various international and local film festivals including NYAFF, New York Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival.
Furthermore, KCSNY manages its own library providing accessible information on Korean films and in depth information on Korean culture. The Library contains more than 18,000 books, magazines, and AV materials, and also publishes brochures and articles to advertise Korean culture. The foundation’s effort to educate and promote Korean culture is also enhanced through educational programs and activities such as art workshops and culture camps open to the public.
By utilizing these ample resources and capabilities, the ultimate role of KCSNY is to reinforce Korea- U.S. relation by promoting Korean culture and values through diverse mediums.