Ambassador Qin delivers a message for the American Art Museum
On the morning of February 5, Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang delivered a video message as he joined more than 400 American families on the Virtual Chinese New Year Family Day, co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy. in the United States and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Ambassador Qin Gang kicked off the program by sending Chinese New Year greetings to the audience. He said he was excited the day before to watch the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Athletes from all over the world, including the USA team, give their best performances while experiencing the Lunar New Year in China. He was delighted that the audience present also celebrated this important festival through the presentation of talented artists from his home country and local communities, gaining a better understanding of Chinese New Year and culture.
Director Stephanie Stebich of the American Art Museum thanked the Embassy for its support of Family Day. She pointed out that this was the 8th Chinese New Year celebration jointly organized by the Embassy and the Museum. She looks forward to many more cultural exchange programs in the future.
The Chinese Embassy provided the event with demonstration videos produced by Chinese and American artists, including Peking Opera Movement Skill 101, a paper-cut New Year window decoration tutorial and a clay tiger modeling tutorial. The programs have won many thumbs and comments from viewers. A local Chinese American arts group presented a lion dance video, a Chinese diabolo performance and a calligraphy demonstration, which gives the audience a rich experience of celebrating the Chinese New Year.
The Chinese New Year family area on the museum’s webpage also launched the tiger-themed coloring patterns created by a young local illustrator invited by the Chinese Embassy, which is well received by viewers, especially the children.