Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) on Sunday, January 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The 10th annual Lunar New Year Festival will feature traditional Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese calligraphy, crafts, games, performances, and vendors.
Lunar New Year Festival at IMAS is made possible with support from the IMAS Guild and a grant from Humanities Texas.
Musical and dance performances will be open to visitors as a part of this cultural celebration. At 1:30 p.m. Dr. Young Sin Choi, violist, and Dr. Stacy Kwak, pianist, will perform a short set. Students of Connie’s Music Studio will perform on piano at 2:15 p.m. Visitors can dance to K-pop with Levanter Dance Team at 4:00 p.m.
Activities include Chinese red envelopes, storytime with the McAllen Public Library, traditional Korean games and activities coordinated by Mijin Oh-Villarreal, K-pop bingo hosted by the Korean International Student Society, and calligraphy by Pierre Lu and Chandler Kang. Visitors can take a special token home by participating in fan painting for $2 while supplies last. End the day with a relaxing 10-minute meditation during Zen Time with Chandler Kang starting at 4:20 p.m.
Special vendors featuring hand-made items inspired by Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese traditions and K-Pop fashions will be onsite. Participating vendors include RGVKPOPLIFE, Stardust Menu, Blvehour Shop, Adaxce Kreations, and HMG Designs, among others representing a diverse array of distinctive cultural items.
“I am thankful for the support of the local Asian and Asian-American community who make it possible for IMAS to host such a rich and educational cultural event. We recognize the importance of honoring all cultures and Lunar New Year is a significant event that we are pleased to celebrate with our community,” states IMAS Director of Education, Claudia Martinez Gray.
Special thanks to participating performers and our community partners Korean International Student Society (K.I.S.S.), McAllen Public Library, Taiwanese American Association, and UTRGV Writing and Language Studies – Korean.
Lunar New Year Festival admission is $3 or $1 for children 4-12 and Museums for All (WIC/EBT). IMAS Members and children 0-3 are always free. Face masks are required for visitors and staff. The museum offers advanced ticket registration at theimasonline.org to reserve a time for your visit.