New York Lyfe is a non-profit organization that aims to bring cultural programming in the form of arts education, dance and music to the New York City community. The programs’ focus is on Chinese cultural influences, with after-school and online classes in Chinese Classical Dance, Chinese Martial Arts and Calligraphy. Each program aims to engage students around traditional practices of the culture with emphasis on mastery in both technical and performance skills. New York Lyfe was founded in 2018 by Joosik “Benjamin” Kim, a New Yorker who noticed a need for programs that focused on arts and cultural learning in his community of Queens County, New York. Furthermore, Kim noticed a particular lack of education in traditional cultural practices and values which tend to get lost in the context of an ever-modernizing western world. Kim aims to revive those age-old practices by educating new generations through New York Lyfe’s programs. Traditional Chinese art forms provide an important link to cultural heritage as well as an excellent format for educating children around moral thinking and mastering challenging technical skills. Thus, New York Lyfe was born in response to the need for an appreciation, maintenance and passing on of traditional Chinese culture to the children of modern-day New York. Our belief is that, through our New York Lyfe educational programs, we can institute an appreciation and love for the arts and ancient cultures and that this will have a lasting and far-reaching effect within the community, both for the students involved directly in the programming as well as on the broader range.
New York Lyfe’s mission is to: Increase appreciation of the arts and culture of Asia to build stronger bridge between east and west