QING MING FAMILY FESTIVAL: CELEBRATE SPRING AT THE MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA (MOCA)

Event Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Event Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 person/ 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

RSVP required: education@mocanyc.org

 

[New York, NY] March 18, 2014 -The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting a spring festival on April 5. Visitors of all ages are invited to make kites, plant seeds, play traditional Chinese games, watch a Chinese puppetry performance, and enjoy special storytelling sessions to learn about the history of Qing Ming and its customs.

 

MOCA will present a Chinese shadow puppetry performance “The Adventure of the Stone Monkey King” by performing arts group, Hua Hua Visual Expressions. Participants will explore puppetry and the beloved folk tale of a monkey who saves his friends from the Demon King. For attendees who want to learn more about the history of Qing Ming, MOCA educators will explain Qing Ming traditions during interactive storytelling sessions of “The Tale of Jie Zitui.”

 

Flying kites is one of the most popular activities during Qing Ming. Kite Making participants will be invited to make and embellish their own, fully-functional, animal-themed kites. Traditionally, Qing Ming festivals are also a celebration of spring’s arrival and nature. During the Plant Me an Herb Garden drop-in activity, families will be able to plant seeds at MOCA and then watch them grow at home. Qing Ming marks a joyful day of remembrance and honoring of family through communal activities. Throughout the afternoon, participants get to make Folk Art in Clay and create their own Qing Ming picnic scene.

 

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

 

Festival Schedule: 

 

Performances and Workshops


12:00 p.m., 3.30 p.m.      

It’s a Field Day: Classic Chinese games
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.     

The Adventure of the Stone Monkey King: Chinese Shadow Puppetry by Hua Hua Visual Expressions
1:30 p.m., 2.30 p.m.        

Go Fly A Kite: Kite Making Workshop
2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.       

Legends Storytelling: The Tale of Jie Zitui

 

Drop-in Arts & Crafts


12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        

Folk Art in Clay
Plant me an Herb Garden

The MOCA’s Family Festival Series is made possible from funding provided by METLIFE FOUNDATION and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (Museums Program), with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature. Additional support by 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.

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