Celebrate this popular Chinese holiday with costumed folk dances, Lion Dance, and traditional arts & crafts. For the second year in a row, the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCC) brings its signature program to the Queens Museum as part of its 2015 Into the Boroughs: Lunar New Year Celebration series. This event will feature a 1 hour performance program featuring professional artists and students of NYCCC’s School of the Arts as well as a 1 hour visual arts demonstration.
1-4:30 pm Join Queens Museum educators in our education classrooms for drop-in artmaking workshop where you can make your own Chinese Zodiac Animals. Plus enjoy exhibition tours on demand and pop-up gallery activities, especially featuring our show of Chinese-based artist group Polit Sheer Form Office which closes on February 8, 2015.
2-3pm: NYCCPerformance Program
Featuring dances from China’s diverse regions and ethnic groups, signature performances include run-ins with a mischievous lion and lively renditions of our award-winning red ribbon dance.
3-4pm: Hands-on Artmaking Workshop
An instructorfrom the NYCCC will demonstrate the art of Chinese paper cutting and create new works of art live. Guests can try out the art and take home simple designs they have made themselves. Chinese paper cutting is a 1500 (estimated) year old folk art where decorative shapes are created simply by cutting and folding paper. It is included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
About New York Chinese Cultural Center
Founded in 1974, the New York Chinese Cultural Center is a performing arts and education organization that promotes the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture that bridges the communities and across generations. For over four decades, NYCCC have accomplished its mission by offering professional classes, workshops, and performances in traditional dance, arts, and culture. Through our educational assembly program, our performers have traveled to 26 states and reached over 120,000 people every year. Our artists-in-residency program supports emerging talents and nurtures creative projects. NYCCC has been featured on nationally televised programs such as the National Geographic Today, the 73rd Annual Academy Awards and the PBS special The Chinese Americans “ reaching millions of American viewers. For more information, visit www.nychineseculturalcenter.org or call 212.334.3764.
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