Express Your Inner Snake: Celebrate Lunar New Year at MOCA
Kick off the New Year at MOCA! This popular annual event will include family friendly tours of the museum, Lunar New Year walking tours of Chinatown and an array of drop-in arts and crafts activities throughout the day.
EXPRESS YOUR INNER SNAKE SCHEDULE
FAMILY FRIENDLY GALLERY AND WALKING TOURS
Lunar New Year Gallery Tours 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Join us on a family friendly tour and learn about customs and traditions of the Lunar New Year.
Preparing for the New Year Walking Tours of Chinatown 1pm,3pm
See how Chinatown transforms itself during Lunar New Year on these walking tours for families.
PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
Lion Dance and Workshop 12pm-1pm
A traditional Lion Dance performance kicks off our special Lunar New Year Family Festival programming. See the
United East Athletic Association’s Lion Dance team perform in MOCA’s lobby at noon and then learn about this
ancient art form during an interactive workshop in the museum’s classroom.
Words for Everyday: A Reading with Michele Wong McSween 1:30pm –2:15pm
Our youngest museum visitors will enjoy learning simple everyday words in Mandarin during this reading and
workshop with local author, Michele Wong McSween, who is currently releasing the second edition of her popular
book, Gordon & Li Li: Words for Everyday.
New Year Festival Dances 3:00pm-3:45pm & 4:00pm-4:45pm
The Red Silk Dancers present two back-to-back performances and workshops that will delight the whole family and
give everyone an opportunity to learn some new dance steps. Dances include: Peace Drum of the Northeast, a harvest
dance of Pulling the Carrot, and the fiery Red Silk Dance.
DROP-IN ARTS AND CRAFTS AND TEACHING ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS
Ongoing from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Celebrate the Year of the Snake by making your own folded paper lanterns, paper fish, spring couplets and flower
collages at our arts and crafts activity stations.
Visit with Kam Mak
Meet Kam Mak, designer of the United States Postal Service’s Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp series, and make
your own stamp-inspired artworks anytime throughout the day.
Welcoming Spring with Shu-Shia Sanborn
Paper artist Shu-Shia Sanborn will demonstrate the intricate art of paper cutting and folding as she prepares special
spring characters for Family Festival attendees.
Teaching Artists Demonstrations 10:30am-3:30pm
Artists from the Chinese Cultural Art Association will conduct demonstrations throughout the day.
General admission: $10. MOCA Members and Children ages 5 and under: Free. Reservations are not required.
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.