Event Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Event Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Admission: $10/person. $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2 and Cool Culture families.
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Advance online ticketing purchase recommended at www.mocanyc.org


[New York, NY] April 1, 2015 -The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting a spring festival celebrating family, springtime, and Qing Ming traditions on April 11. Visitors of all ages are invited to share family memories, make nature-inspired crafts, listen to classic Chinese tales, and create a community kite at the Museum.

Qing Ming, which means “Clear Brightness,” is a day for people to honor and celebrate their ancestors. Families can drop-in throughout the afternoon to create their own Spectacular Springtime Scrapbooks, make colorful pinwheels, and take photos at MOCA’s Qing Ming-themed photo booth. Qing Ming marks a reflective and joyful day of remembrance and honoring of family through communal activities.


Flying kites is one of the most popular activities during Qing Ming – heralding spring’s arrival. Kites in various shapes are flown, especially those of animals, each symbolizing different traits. It is customary for people to fly kites and let go of the string in order to free themselves of bad luck and illness. During Collaborative Kites, festival participants will work together to make and decorate a giant kite at MOCA, inspired by the kites in the new exhibition, Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong.

Also on schedule throughout the afternoon: visitors can stop by the Museum’s Puppet Theatre to try their hand at puppetry and storytelling; create unique calligraphy works at the Family Roots Calligraphy Corner, artist Tianyi Wang will create unique calligraphy works for visitors to take home; and learn about Qing Ming traditions from MOCA educators during Legends StoryTime sessions. A detailed festival schedule is available on the Museum’s website.


MOCA’s Family Festival Series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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.