The Norton Museum of Art is celebrating the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Sheep – in conjunction with the opening of the special exhibition, High Tea: Glorious Manifestations East and West and the Museum’s acclaimed collection of Chinese Art. The celebration is set for noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at the Museum and is free to the public.

Activities kick off at noon with a Dragon Dance by members of the Lee Koon Hung Kung Fu Association of Sunrise, Florida. The evening will be capped off with a Chinese fireworks display launched from a barge on the Intracoastal Waterway at 7 p.m. In between these two colorful events, activities include music, docent-led tours, lectures, storytelling, a raku-firing demonstration (with the resulting tea bowls being raffled off), and art projects for all ages. Teavana will share free samples of tea during the early afternoon, and the Museum café, Fratelli Lyon, will be offering Chinese dishes from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Norton Museum of Art Celebrates the Chinese New Year including the following schedule of activities:

Noon: Dragon Dance with Lee Koon Hung Kung Fu Association

Noon -7:30 PM: Chinese Zodiac Self-guided Family Activity. Search for the animals of the Chinese Zodiac in the Museum Collection

12:30-1 PM: Tours: Museum Highlights

1-3:30 PM: DIY Art Workshop. Try your hand at Jianzhi, Chinese Paper Cutting

1:30-2 PM: Curator’s Conversation: High Tea: Glorious Manifestations, East and West
Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art, gives this presentation.

2-2:50 PM: Tour of the Museum’s Chinese Collection

2:30-3:30 PM: Concert. Performance by the acclaimed New York-based ensemble, Music from China

3-3:50 PM: Exhibition Tour – Docent-enhanced experience in High Tea: Glorious Manifestations East and West

4-5 PM: Exhibition Lecture. Dr. Robert Mowry, the Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, presents First Under Heaven: Korean Ceramics and Tea Wares.

4:30 PM: Raku-Firing Demonstration: Ceramics artist Ronald Shaw conducts this Japanese ceramics demonstration

5-7 PM: DIY Art Workshop. Create a Chūnlián Chinese New Year Decoration

6:45 PM: Raffle of eight raku-fired tea bowls made by artist Ron Shaw

7 PM: Fireworks over the Intracoastal Waterway View from the Maze Garden

This program is made possible in part through the generosity of John and Heidi Niblack.

This is a free event to the public. It is always a distinctive and remarkable experience to visit the Norton Museum of Art.

Norton Museum of Art Celebrates the Chinese New Year. Join The Festivities Saturday, February 21. A Free Event from Noon to 8PM with Lots of Entertainment!