Nelson-Atkins kicks off Chinese Year of the Sheep Feb. 13

Photo courtesy Nelson-Atkins by Mark McDonald

Photo courtesy Nelson-Atkins by Mark McDonald

On Feb. 13, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art begins its annual celebration of the Chinese New Year. The museum has been hosting the celebration for 18 years and uses the family celebration to encourage the community to discover its works.

The Nelson-Atkins says this year is the year of the Sheep according to the 5000-year-old Chinese astrological calendar. “The sheep is a symbol of peace, harmony, tranquility, and the arts. It relates to nurturing times, signifying a year of togetherness and faith. For those who trust in goodness, it is believed, happiness and success will follow,” it says.


Friday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m. welcoming remarks in Kirkwood Hall by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Nelson-Atkins Board Chair Shirley Bush Helzberg, and Director & CEO Julián Zugazagoitia.

All activities and performances are free and festive international attire is encouraged. Chinese acrobats will perform feats of balance, flexibility and strength. Other performances and activities throughout the museum include:

  • Shaolin Lohan Pai Dance Troupe Lion Dance
  • Tai Chi demonstration
  • Chinese drums
  • Jasmine Chinese Dance Troupe
  • Chinese Yo-Yo
  • Chinese Tea demonstration and tasting
  • Hands-on art activities and Chinese games
  • Photo spot
  • Zodiac animal hunt
  • Live calligraphy and painting

Space for some performances is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. Chinese food will be available in Rozzelle Court Restaurant and Bloch Lobby. Selections from Bo Ling’s Fine Chinese Cuisine will be available in the Bloch Lobby, Plaza Level. Waddell & Reed is the presenting sponsor for the Nelson-Atkins Chinese New Year celebration.

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