Free admission for all!

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster and explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day.


Special Events

Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight
10 am–4 pm | Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Students from the MFA’s ten Community Arts Initiative partner organizations created a collaborative project of red envelope prints inspired by Lunar New Year themes. Drop in to view the installation and make your own print to add to the community work of art.

Lion Dance: Gund Kwok Assistive Listening System
11:30 am–12:15 pm and 1:30–2:15 pm | Remis Auditorium

Watch a festive Chinese Lion Dance performance by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe. Join Gund Kwok after their performance for an interactive opportunity to try on costumes and learn some techniques.

Free performance ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Performance tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting one hour before show times.

Talk: Celebrating Têt, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Sign Language InterpretationAssistive Listening System
Noon–1 pm | Alfond Auditorium

Enjoy an interactive roundtable discussion about how Têt is celebrated across generations and from coast to coast. Meet co-presenters Pham Hương, Director of Community Organizing, and Hứa Carro, Youth Programs Assistant Director, both from Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID); Dr. Trân V. Thành, Boston College School of Social Work; and Trân Vũ Thu-Hăng, MFA Associate. Q & A in either Vietnamese or English following the talk.

Free talk ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Talk tickets are available at Alfond Auditorium ticket desk starting 30 minutes before show time.

ASL interpretation.

Music: Gapi Assistive Listening System
3:30–4:30 pm | Remis Auditorium

DoYeon Kim and Chase Morrin, known as Gapi, present a concert of compositions for gayageum and piano, influenced by Korean traditional music with a modern twist. Kim and Morrin have developed a sound that is both freely improvised and structured within complex forms. Their performance features Korean pieces dedicated to the Lunar New Year, including “The Shaman” (translated), seeking good luck for all in the new year.

Free performance ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Performance tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting one hour before show times.

Tours, Talks, and Walks

Art of Asia: Highlights Tour in Mandarin Assistive Listening System
10:30 am and Noon | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a one-hour tour in Mandarin Chinese, featuring masterpieces from the Museum’s Asian art collections. Led by Irene Chang, an MFA Associate guide.

No English translation.

American Sign Language Highlights Tour Sign Language Interpretation
11 am | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Visit masterpieces from the Museum’s collections on this one-hour tour, led by trained Access Guide, Sharon Applegate.

No spoken English translation.

Spotlight Talks: Art of Asia Sign Language Interpretation
1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, and 4 pm | Level 1: Galleries 176 and 179 and Level 2: Galleries 271, 274, and 285

Drop in to enjoy an educational talk about the MFA’s Art of Asia collections, including works from Korea, Vietnam, and China. Visit any of the galleries at any of the times listed to hear a 15-minute talk spotlighting these Asian masterpieces.

ASL interpretation available at 1:30 pm in Galleries 176 and 271, at 2 pm in Galleries 179 and 285, and at 2:30 pm in Gallery 274.

Demonstrations

Gong-Fu
10:30–11 am and Noon–12:30 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy an interactive demonstration of Gong-Fu—Chinese martial arts. Children from Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy perform a lion dance to ring in the New Year. Presented in partnership with the Chinese Culture Connection.

Vietnamese Dance and Martial Arts
1:30–1:40 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard

Master Tân Nhât Bích and students from the Boston Bình Đinh Academy of Vietnamese Traditional Martial Bình Đinh Academy of Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts perform.

Meditation
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–Noon | Gallery 280

Calling all early risers—wake up and meditate with the rooster. Learn techniques and the fine art of the rooster. Learn techniques and the fine art of meditation with Elyse Foster. All ages welcome.

Saebae
11 am–Noon, 1–2 and 3–4 pm | Gallery 250

Participate in a traditional bowing and greeting ceremony practiced in Korea during New Year celebrations, hosted by members of the Korean Cultural Society of Boston.

ASL interpretation available from 3 to 4 pm.

Art-Making Activities Wheelchair Accessibility

Door Guardians
10 am–4 pm | Gallery 271

Traditionally, door guardians are placed on the fronts of doors on New Year’s Day to keep bad spirits away. Create your own Lunar New Year guardian door hangers inspired by works of art in the galleries.

Bok Jumoni
10 am–4 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard

It is a Korean New Year tradition for children to bow in respect to their elders in a ceremony called saebae. Following the ceremony, children are given money and mementos to put in small bags called bok jumoni. Make your own bok jumoni for keeping coins and tokens.

Red Envelope Printmaking
10 am–4 pm | Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Red envelopes—often filled with money—are traditionally given out during the Chinese New Year. The color red symbolizes good luck and is said to keep evil spirits away. Create and print your own design on red envelopes to ring in the New Year!

Family Art Cart
10 am–4 pm | Sharf Visitor Center

Choose from activities designed to guide you through the galleries with fun facts, scavenger hunts, games, and more. Art Cards are available with tactile graphics, large print and Braille.

Available every Saturday and Sunday through June in the Shapiro Family Courtyard from 10 am to 4 pm.

Additional Resources

MFA Guide Audio descriptionSign Language InterpretationAssistive Listening SystemMFA Guide CC
Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center
Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s collections. A selection of highlights is narrated in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ASL. Many stops are accessible to visitors who are Deaf or blind. And there’s a tour designed just for kids!
Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Artist Toolbox Cart: Marble Sculpture
11 am–4 pm | Gallery 211

Handle the tools of sculptors and view detailed demonstration pieces to gain an understanding of the history and evolution of marble sculpture.

Electronic Benefits Transfer
Present your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at any ticket desk and receive up to four $3 tickets good for adult, senior, or student admission. These discounted tickets must be purchased with cash. Youths aged 17 and under are always free with card.

Audio description    Audio description
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Blind or low vision access
Assistive Listening System    Assistive listening device
Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible.

Mark Your Calendar

Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures: Make Way for Animals!
Monday–Friday, February 20–24, 2017
10 am–4 pm (Wed to 8 pm)
A week of family-friendly programs to enjoy while the kids are on school break! Create your own art, watch performances, go on a family tour and much more. Free programs with Museum admission; kids are always free.

Nowruz 2017
Saturday, March 18
Ring in the Persian New Year with performances and activities the whole family will enjoy. Free programs with Museum admission.

Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures: Collaborate and Create!
April 18–21 | 10 am–4 pm (Wed to 8 pm)
A week of family-friendly programs to enjoy while the kids are on school break! Create your own art, watch performances, go on a family tour and much more. Free programs with Museum admission; kids are always free.

Every Wednesday
Free admission for all starting at 4 pm (voluntary contributions welcome)
Spend time in the galleries and enjoy a variety of free drop-in programs starting at 6 pm.


Sponsors

Presented in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Society of Boston.

Presented in partnership with Vietaid.

Presented in partnership with the Chinese Culture Connection.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.