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Chinese New Year Celebration

FREE, no tickets required

Join the celebration of the Year of the Rat. Explore treasures from the Chinese Art collection. Experience a variety of activities, dances, and music marking the Lunar New Year celebrations. FREE parking in garage for museum members; $10 parking for nonmembers.


Welcoming remarks will take place at Noon

Live Music & Dance Performances

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

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

Pipa Music
11 a.m.–Noon ǀ Asian Art Gallery between 205 & 206
Christopher Stephens

Drum Performance by Three Trails Taiko
12:10–12:30 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall

Silk Road Dance Group Performance
12:30–1 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium

A Step Back in Time: Dynasties Dance, Pipa & Vocal Performance
KU Chinese Culture & Heritage Association
12:45-1:15 & 2:45-3:15 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall

Drum & Lion Dance Performance by Drum Roller
1-1:30, 2-2:30 & 3-3:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

The Chinese School of Greater Kansas City
Dance Performance
1:30–1:45 | Kirkwood Hall

Traditional Chinese Guzheng Music
1:30–3 p.m. ǀ Gallery between 205 & 206
William, Wen-Hua & Catherine You

Jasmine Chinese Dance Group Performance and Dress show by Kansas City Chinese Classical Arts Qipao Association
1:45–2:40 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium

Drum Performance by Three Trails Taiko
3:30–4:15 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium

Ongoing Activities & Demonstrations

10 a.m.–4 p.m. (except where noted)

Chinese Games
Sculpture Hall
Play Wei Qi, Chinese Checkers and see origami rat demonstrations with the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City

The Heart of America Japan-America Society Meet & Greet
Gallery 206

Zodiac Animal Hunt
Gallery 201 & 221

Year of the Rat Temporary Tattoos
Noguchi Court

Paper Lantern Art Activity
Lens 2 & Lens 2 Mezzanine

Calligraphy Demonstration & Bookmark Giveaway
Classroom 6
The Taiwan-America Friendship Association hosts brief calligraphy demonstrations on the half hour. While supplies last

Demonstration by University of Missouri Confucius Institute
Gallery 201
Knots and paper cutting

Play Chinese Wei Qi with the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture
10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Rockhill Room, Bloch Bldg. Level 2

Taekwondo Performance led by Master Jung
11-11:30 a.m. | Bloch Lobby

Painting Demonstration
11 a.m.–3 p.m. ǀ Japanese Art Gallery 223
Valda Hsu

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

KU Chinese Culture & Heritage Association
Noon-12:30 & 2-2:30 p.m. | Gallery 229
Display on view 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
KU Chinese Culture & Heritage Association presents calligraphy and makeup of the Qing Dynasty in authentic robe and accessories.

Origami Rat Demonstration with the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture
1:30–4 p.m. | Rockhill Room, Bloch Bldg Level 2

Story Time & Book Display
1–4 p.m. | Spencer Art Reference Library, Level 2
Hear stories about the Chinese zodiac animals. View an archives display highlighting the museum’s rich history of Chinese art.

Food for Purchase

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

Bo Lings Fine Chinese Cuisine
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Rooms 4 & 5
While supplies last. Prices vary.

Chinese Food Selections & Plum Wine
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Bloch Lobby
While supplies last. Prices vary.

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Thank You
Thank you to our museum volunteers and members–the art and soul of the museum–whose support make festivals like this possible. Learn more, visit artandsoulkc.org