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By Maria Liu Wong

As I walk towards the end of the block, I see Monique and her kids cross the street. They used to live upstairs in an affordable housing unit above our gallery in central Harlem, but have since moved a few blocks over. In the past three years, they have gone from upstairs neighbor to regular visitors a few times a week, stopping by after school to look at the latest exhibition and make art at our designated “makerspace” with Anthony, our manager.

On Tuesdays just before 1:00 pm, a van pulls up in front of the gallery. A group from The Fisher Center, a day center for adults with special needs, emerges and heads to the door, to be greeted by Anthony and Sachi, another colleague. For the past month or so, they have been coming to look at and make art together. (more…)

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Maria Liu Wong is the dean of City Seminary of New York, as well as a doctoral candidate of Teachers College at Columbia University. Her focus of study is Asian American, West Indian, African, and Asian women leaders in theological education. Maria is a mom of two kids with one on the way, and married to a great husband who supports her in all her endeavors.

What are your ministry passions?

My passion is for bridge-building and bringing resources to the under-resourced. I started out working in the Bronx with Teach for America, working in an inner city setting. Later, I worked in Ethiopia, and I am now part of a non-profit, humanitarian organization. Social justice issues are very critical for me, and working in the city brings all those things together. (more…)

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