Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Event Date: Saturday, Aug 3, 2013

Event Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 adult/ $6 children 2 and up/ Free for members
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

[New York, NY] July 29, 2013 -The Museum of Chinese in America is hosting its annual dragon boat festival, on August 3. Visitors of all ages are invited to create accordion dragons, make xiang bao (potpourri sachets), design lucky charms, participate in family friendly tours, and enjoy special storytelling sessions.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of Chinese traditions, customs, and legends. The dragon boat race honors the awakening of the River Dragon and also marks the summer season of rice planting. At this festival, visitors will discover the rituals behind the modern Sport of Dragon Boat Racing in an educator-led activity. Join teaching artist Evan Goodman in a drum making workshop. In an interactive Dragon Boat Storytelling session, participants will travel back in time over 2,000 years following the journey of Qu Yuan, an honorable poet and statesman, and learn how the Dragon Boat Festival came to be. Many of the festival’s customs were developed to protect against misfortune, and bring happiness and good health. Throughout the afternoon, visitors are invited to drop-in art activities and artist demonstrations by paper artist Shu-Shia Sanborn.

A complete festival schedule is available on the Museum’s website. Images for press are available here.

Festival Schedule

Performances and Workshops

12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. The Sport of Dragon Boat Racing
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Drum Making Workshop
1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Dragon Boat Storytelling

Workshops & Activities

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drop-in Arts & Crafts Activities including creating accordion paper dragons, five poison lucky charms, and xiang bao (potpourri sachets)

Dragon boat paper cutting demonstration by artist
Shu-Shia Sanborn

12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

Family Friendly Gallery Tours on festival customs and traditions

Major support for MOCA’s Family Festival Series is provided by METLIFE FOUNDATION. MOCA’s Family Festival Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.