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Chinese New Year Festival

FREE, No tickets required
Experience the traditions and culture of China in the Year of the Pig! Explore our world-renowned Chinese art collection while engaging in dance, music & art activities.

FREE parking in garage for museum members; $10 parking for nonmembers. Additional parking and FREE shuttle to the museum available at Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Gardens, 4800-01 Rockhill Road.

Thank you to Henderson Engineers for their generous support of this program.

Performances and Activities

Kirkwood Hall, Plaza Level

Lily Zhang Li Taylor Dance Academy Performance
10–11:30 a.m.

The Chinese School of Greater Kansas City Yo-Yo Demonstration
11:30–11:45 a.m., 12:30–12:45, 1:30–1:45 & 2:30–2:45 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks
12–12:10 p.m.

Asian-inspired Cuisine
Rozzelle Court Restaurant | 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Drum & Lion Dance Performance by Drum Roller
12:10–12:30 p.m.

Tai Chi Demonstration led by Master Chen Huixian
12:30-1 & 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Performance by Chinese Classical Arts Qipao Association
1–1:10 followed by procession to Bloch Lobby & 3:30–3:40 p.m.
A traditional Chinese dress show based upon Chinese Opera and Qipao.

Sculpture Hall, Lobby Level

Chinese Games
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Play Wei Qi and Chinese Checkers with the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City.

Atkins Auditorium, Lobby Level

LeYue Arts Ensemble Choir & Institute of Chinese Language and Culture Dancers Performance
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Silk Road Dance Group Performance
12:30–1:15 p.m.

Jasmine Chinese Dance Group
2–2:45 p.m.

Drum & Lion Dance performance by Drum Roller
3:30–4:15 p.m.

Ford Learning Center

Rooms 4 & 5
Bo Lings Fine Chinese Cuisine
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (while supplies last)
Live stream of Atkins Auditorium performances.

Room 6
Play Chinese Wei Qi with the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Origami Demonstration with the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture
1:30 – 4 p.m.

Chinese Art Galleries, Level 2

10 a.m.-4 p.m., except where noted

Music Performances
Gallery between 205 & 206
Pipa Music 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Christopher Stephens
Traditional Chinese Guzheng Music 1:30–3 p.m.
William, Wen-Hua, and Catherine You

Traditional Chinese Er Hu Music
Kaiyuan Wu
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Gallery 229 & 230

Painting Demonstration
Valda Hsu
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Japanese Art Gallery 205

Zodiac Animal Hunt & Bookmark Giveaway
(while supplies last)
Gallery 221

Calligraphy Demonstration
Chinese School of Greater Kansas City
Gallery 201


Bloch Building

Bloch Lobby, Lobby Level

KU Chinese Culture & Heritage Association
Present pastimes of the Qing Dynasty in authentic robe and accessories.
11-11:45 a.m. tea ceremony traditions
12:30 – 1 p.m. Live Music of the Qing Dynasty
2-2:45 p.m. embroidery
3-3:45 p.m. calligraphy & painting

Chinese food selections & full bar with plum wine
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (while supplies last)

Lion Photo Op by Drum Roller
1–1:45 p.m.


Noguchi Court

Kansas City Chinese Traditional Instrument Ensemble
1:30-2, repeats 2:30-3 p.m. | Performances


Plaza Level, Bloch Building

Chinese New Year Greetings
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Learn to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese with help from the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture
(10 a.m.–1 p.m.) and Chinese School of Greater Kansas City students (1–4 p.m.).

Level Two, Bloch Building

Spencer Art Reference Library
Story Time & Book Display
1–4 p.m.
Were you born in the Year of the Pig? Find out and hear stories about the Chinese zodiac animals.

Lens 2
Paper Piggy Banks Art Activity
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lens 2 Mezzanine
University of Missouri Confucius Institute
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Paper cutting demo

Rockhill Room
Temporary Tattoos
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Live stream of Atkins Auditorium performances.


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Special thanks to:
• Participants and community partners who help make our Chinese New Year Celebration a success.members and volunteers of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
• Members – the art and soul of the museum – and volunteers, whose support makes festivals like this possible. To learn more, visit the Info Desk or artandsoulkc.org.

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