For the last six months we have had the privilege of hosting the beautiful Children Of Hangzhou exhibit, one of five showcases funded by the Freeman Foundation as a part of their Asian Culture Exhibit Series. Developed by the Boston’s Children’s Museum, Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China is a traveling exhibit that exposes viewers to life and culture through the eyes of four young people in Hangzhou.
The Freeman Foundation’s mission is for visitors to gain new awareness and understanding of Chinese culture and what it means to be Chinese. Our Museum not only wanted to appreciate the culture that was presented in the exhibit, but also provide a space for folks from all over to learn about Chinese culture through music, writing, dance, and the practice of cultural traditions. We relish in the opportunity to increase cultural awareness and celebrate the diversity of our beautiful community. As we say goodbye to Hangzhou, we look back at all of the amazing events where we brought our community together to celebrate.
One of the many special events our Museum hosted during the duration of the exhibit’s time here was a music and opera event, complete with performers playing the Tanggu drums, a traditional Chinese drum from the 19th century!
This “ceremonial hall drum” was the perfect way to ring in the Chinese New Year and an even better opportunity for children to dance their hearts away!
We also explored the art of calligraphy, a writing style that has existed since 200 BC! Kids loved learning about the different styles of calligraphy as well as seeing all the amazing things just one brush could do!