Monira Foundation takes a holistic and open-ended approach to visual and literary culture, exploring both the unique characteristics of these disciplines and formats, and the many ways in which they intersect. We seek to partner globally with diverse and groundbreaking arts organizations to provide high-quality educational programs and events for all ages, including music and dance performances, film screenings, poetry readings, and panel discussions on art and politics. 


Additionally, each year the Monira Foundation supports individual artists, collectives, and ensembles working in music and performance through comprehensive and customizable residency programs that offer a supportive platform for collaboration. While in residence, participants are granted space to develop their practices, given opportunities for engagement with new audiences through performances and open rehearsals, and offered support in the areas of professional development, marketing, audience development, and documentation. 

PULLING PUNCHES: Attention, Capital, Labor

13 March 2021 – 6 pm EST

Digital hypercapitalism is currently fracking living humans for every last drop of their monetizable attention. Join representatives of the “Anti-Capitalist Working Group” of the Friends of Attention, for a report on the prospects of an “Attention Liberation Front,” and the screening of a new short by Julian Chehirian and Kristin Lawler. Another “Second Saturday,” hosted by D. Graham Burnett.



Join us at our digital platform for regular live and pre-recorded performances and conversations.


Monira Foundation Virtual Stage presents Pegasus: The Orchestra

Join us for Pegasus: The Orchestra’s fourth season, “Baroque and Beyond,” streaming chamber, piano and orchestra concerts. Kicking off in April and led by artistic director and principal conductor Karén Hakobyan, the program features Pegasus’s principal players and guest artists, including 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Sergey Antonov (cello) and the globally acclaimed pianists Vyacheslav Gryaznov and Asiya Korepanova.


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The Community Table: Pocket Gala  

We’ve miniaturized the gala to fit your schedule and your device. Join us for a series of virtual ticketed events with proceeds dedicated to promoting nutrition education and fighting food insecurity in Jersey City, NJ. Hosted by Heirloom Events & Hospitality.

We launch on February 28, 2021 with a special wine-tasting benefiting 200 Jersey City families. Tickets include wine selection, shipping, and a sommelier-led virtual tasting. Visit our events page for details!

The Community Table

The Community Table is a locus for discourse and a platform for exchange–a place to connect with neighbors in Jersey City to share both ideas and resources. Extending the tradition of gathering around food, programming includes culinary arts and nutrition education.


November 2020 – June 2021

A special program of events, performances, conversations, and workshops centering on ATTENTION, presented by associates of the “Friends of Attention”collective.  From the politics of algorithms to the aesthetics of dreams, from the attention economy to tracking shots of early cinema, this series focuses on the perils and pleasures of the directed senses and the tuned mind.  Every second Saturday; check the Programs page for details. 

Open Archives

Hosted by Sebastian Mekas

A weekly glimpse into the personal archives of the late filmmaker and artist Jonas Mekas, who for over eight decades chronicled his life with typewriter and camera. Ranging from ephemera to video diaries, unseen letters to newly transferred reel-to-reel audio recordings, each week will focus on an item from the archives at its new home at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.


Monira Mondays at Mana with Machine!
An Instagram Live takeover by artist Machine Dazzle

Film Screening: Einstein on the Beach

Monira Foundation and Pomegranate Arts present a film screenings of Einstein on the Beach, an Opera in Four Acts by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass with choreography by Lucinda Childs and text by Christopher Knowles.  The film screenings will be introduced by principal performer in the production and radio and podcast host, Helga Davis in conversation with a special guest.

Photo by: Lucie Jansch

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Meet Our Artist in Residence

June 25 – 28,  2020

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