Celebrate Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Event Date: Saturday, Sept 21, 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] September 17, 2013 -The Museum of Chinese in America is hosting its annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, on September 21. Visitors of all ages are invited to mooncake and tea tasting sessions, lantern-making and shadow puppet workshops, and special storytelling sessions.

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a celebration of Chinese traditions, customs, and legends. At this festival, listen to the retelling of a timeless myth that follows the Moon Goddess, Chang E', and skilled archer, Hou Yi, on an unforgettable voyage. The celebration includes learning about the history of mooncakes and sampling these Mid-Autumn pastries along with aromatic teas. Lanterns are lit and carried during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the brightness of the moon. Throughout the afternoon, visitors are invited to family-friendly drop-in art activities and artist demonstrations on paper cutting and traditional calligraphy.

A complete festival schedule is available on the Museum's website.

Festival Schedule

12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Choose Your Own Mid-Autumn Moon Adventure
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. A Sensory Mooncake Experience: Tasting Session
1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Enchanting Lanterns: A Lantern Making Workshop

Drop-in Arts & Crafts
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Drop-in Arts & Crafts Activities including constructing shadow
puppets, designing your own mooncake, a participatory creative
project transforming a wall at the museum into a
Mid-Autumn Night scene.
Teaching Artist Demonstrations include Mid-Autumn themed
paper cutting demonstrations and traditional calligraphy art

Gallery Tour
12:30 p.m - 1:00 p.m. Family Friendly Gallery Tour on the festival's customs and traditions

Major support for MOCA's Family Festival Series is provided by METLIFE FOUNDATION. MOCA's Festival Family Days 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.

MOCA is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. It began in 1980 as the community-based New York Chinatown History Project founded by community and student activists led by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charles Lai. It has since grown to encompass the stories and journeys of the many communities of Chinese America, both in the New York Metro area and across the U.S., including new immigrants and established multi-generation families.

Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into its new space, designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of Soho and Chinatown, its exhibitions, programs and audiences have grown in size and scope. This was made possible by a unique public/private partnership between collaborative government efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 and MOCA's growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees. Currently, MOCA's family consists of its many visitors, members, scholars, artists, activists, and families with young children as well as a growing base of young professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs.