Chinese New Year at Pittsburgh Children’s Museum – Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA – For its fifth year, The Silk Screen: Asian Arts and Cultural Organization joins with The Steel Dragon School and Mimi Jong on Sunday, February 17th at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to ring in the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Snake.

The Chinese New Year is the major holiday that represents a new start of the year in Chinese tradition. At the event, we would like to present and introduce the Chinese New Year with music performance, dance and parade, and craft activities.

At 12:00 pm, two music performers will play different Chinese instruments. Mimi Jong will play the erhu, a native Chinese stringed instrument; Sonya Hammer will play guzheng, a 21-string Chinese instrument. At 2:00 pm, The Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team will perform a traditional dance followed by a parade through the Museum for the attendees to join.

We will introduce the story of the Chinese Zodiac and Chinese New Year fun facts; visitors will be invited to a craft activity table to learn Chinese calligraphy for English names and create traditional Chinese crafts related to the Year of the Snake. Gather the whole family to welcome in a New Year of good fortune and happiness.

Event Details:
Chinese New Year Celebration – Sunday, February 17th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Mimi Jong and Sonya Hammer – 12:00 – 1:45 pm
Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team – 2:00 – 2:30 pm dance with parade
Silk Screen Art Activities – 12:00-4:00 pm

Admission Prices – $12 for children 2 – 18 and senior citizens, $13 for adults. Children under two are free. All program and events are free with Museum admission unless otherwise indicated.
Parking: $3 for members, $5 for non-members. On-street metered parking is also available.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides a unique learning experience for all ages. Their inventive exhibits and programs encourage exploration, creativity, and play. It is located at 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side – just one block from the National Aviary and one mile from Carnegie Science Center and Heinz Field. For more information, please call (412) 322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org

Mimi Jong has been performing Erhu since age eleven. Mimi performed with jazz, folk and classical musicians, collaborated with Mary Miller Dance Company, performed and joined the faculty of Huntingdon Council for the Arts “Folk College”. She founded “Jasmine Dynasty”, introducing Chinese dance and music to schools in the region, and AppalAsia, weaving together Appalachian and Asian music.

Sonya Hammer is a 6th grade in Shadyside Academy and has been playing guzheng since 2010. Guzheng is a Chinese instrument that consists of 21 strings, which is used as a main chamber and a solo instrument in Chinese music. Sonya has been playing guzheng from Ms. Lei Ye in Pittsburgh, and Ms. Han Wang from the Central Music Conservatory of China.

The Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team is based at the Gong Lung (Steel Dragon) School in Lawrenceville. Chris Young, instructor at Gong Lung, also offers training in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, drumming, tumbling, and conditioning in the promotion of health, self-defense, and the preservation of cultural traditions. Visit http://www.steel-dragon.org/ for more information.

Silk Screen is a 501(c) (3) arts and culture organization, whose mission is to promote diversity and cross-cultural understanding of Asia through film, music, art and dance. Silk Screen was founded by Harish Saluja, an artist, filmmaker, and the host of WESA’s radio program “Music from India.”

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