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Celebrate the Year of the Dog
February 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come and join the Chinese Historical Society of America before the Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, February 24, 2018, as we celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with a full day of interactive programs. There will be free admission to the museum on this day. CHSA will host several activities that visitors can engage in:
- Kei Lun Martial Arts will perform traditional lion dancing to begin our celebration.
- Living With Dignity-Thriving In Community, courtesy of the YWCA. Photography exhibit by Mark Reynolds, capturing the resilient stories of YWCA residents. On display in CHSA’s Lower Level.
- Mural painting activity with Dragon School, in CHSA’s Learning Center.
- Chalk mural drawing with Chalk Riot, at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School.
Listed below are the times that the programs will occur:
11:00 am – Museum opens
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Living With Dignity-Thriving In Community photo exhibition, courtesy of the YWCA. Mark and the YWCA team will be on sight for questions and to tell you more about the project between 11-2pm.
11:30 am- Lion Dance performance by Kei Lun Martial Arts
11:45 am- 3:30 pm – Mural painting with Dragon School in CHSA’s learning center
11:45-3:30 pm – Chalk mural drawing with Chalk Riot at Gordon J Lau’s lower playground
4:00 pm- Museum closes. Chinese New Year Parade starts 5:15pm
We look forward to celebrating with you. Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!
About the presenters:
Since 1916, YWCA San Francisco & Marin has been serving the Chinatown community. The Julia Morgan-designed building, in the heart of Chinatown, provides subsidized housing for the low income elderly and people with disabilities. The building stands as an expression of Chinese American culture through its style and thoughtful design.
Kei Lun Martial Arts is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the cultural legacies of the lion dance, dragon dance, and martial arts. Director Corey Chan is a native San Franciscan, a master artist and a historian. He studied with Sifu Wilson Ng, was part of Sifu Bryant Fong’s San Francisco Wushu and Lion Dance Team, and was also in the Golden Shadows Performing Arts Troupe, which was renamed Kei Lun Martial Arts in 1994. www.keilun.com.
Chalk Riot specializes in creating custom pavement art and murals for marketing campaigns, special events, and interiors. Chalk Riot has artists in several states, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Chelsea Ritter-Soronen, the sole proprietor of Chalk Riot, is a public artist and illustrator currently based in Napa, California. She is inspired by big blank spaces and the potential that they hold to become a canvas for significant art pieces, and travels the world searching for them. Rooted in the belief that public art sparks positive community engagement, attracts local business, and encourages tourism growth, Ms. Ritter-Soronen aims to utilize her community organizing and project management skills with her artistic talent to beautify urban surfaces with intentions of inspiring and engaging those that walk by. Between commissioned commitments, Ms. Ritter-Soronen teaches visual and performance art skills as tools for social change on the frontlines of various struggles.
Dragon School 99 is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Oakland’s Chinatown. The group was started in 2015 to engage the community and to encourage the visual arts through their mural painting initiative. Dragon School brings together artists, students of all ages and skill levels, and the business community to make Oakland Chinatown a vibrant destination for both locals and visitors. Anderson Gin is a founding member and Art Director of Dragon School. He is a graphic designer when he isn’t painting and organizing projects for DS99. More information about the organization can be found at www.dragonschool99.com. You can watch a trailer of their work here.