Vietnamese Cultural Festival

Sunday, Feb 10, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on Sunday, February 10 for a celebration of Vietnamese culture! CMA is partnering with the Vietnam Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for the Vietnamese immigrant community while educating the general public and local community on Vietnamese language and culture. Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger from our local NYPL Hudson Park branch will be hosting Story Time at 11 am, reading books by Vietnamese authors, and the Vietnam Heritage Center will be hosting the Bamboo Jumping Game at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. 

Workshops include:

Collaborative Imagination Map (Hợp tác sáng tạo bản đồ), inspired by Tiffany Chung in Fine Arts: Tiffany Chung is a Vietnamese artist that used mapmaking to artistically show the movements of people in regions around the world. Today in the studio, we’ll be tracing over maps of real places and looking for the shapes they make to create imaginative new images! How can you transform the areas of a map into people, creatures, landscapes or something else? When you’re finished, add it to our collaborative map to see how it fits with everyone else’s drawings!

Remixed Images (Phối ảnh), inspired by Nguyen Manh Hung in Fine Arts: Nguyen Manh Hung is a painter that gained popularity from his paintings that clash newer technology with older ways of life. He paints these images on top of photographs, in order to increase the realism. Today in the studio, we’ll be taking some old photos from magazines and newspapers and drawing or painting on top of them to give them a new narrative! How can we change the story of an image by drawing new characters, settings, or props? How can we show the difference between something old, and new?

Experimental Mark Making (Thể nghiệm đánh dấu điểm), inspired by Lynx Nguyen in the Gallery: Lynx Nguyen is a Vietnamese artist that has developed a personal style for mark making: attaching a handful of pencils to the end of an electric drill and using that to fill up a page. In the gallery this weekend, we’ve created an experimental mark making tool of our own that you can use to make a one-of-a-kind drawing! How can you challenge yourself with something new while still having fun?

Phở at the Clay Bar: A popular Vietnamese food. Start with your broth, choice of meat, and garnish. Sculpt an amazing bowl of Phở today at the Clay Bar!

Vietnamese Water Puppetry (Múa rối nước cổ truyền) in the Media Lab: Water puppetry is a tradition that dates back to the 11th century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The tradition began when the rice fields flooded with water and villagers would build elaborate wooden puppets held up by a long bamboo stick to control them from behind a screen, so it looked like the puppets were moving on top of the water. Today, it is a performance enacted in large theaters filled with pools, often telling everyday stories of farming, fishing, or celebrating. Today young animators will create their own puppet inspired by Vietnamese water puppetry. What story will you tell?

Sài Gòn Rock and Roll in the Sound Booth: From 1968-1974 Vietnam was the home of a short-lived golden era of rock and roll. When Vietnamese youth sang their tonal language over the rhythmic funk and soul they learned from American soldiers, they made some of the best rock and roll in the world. Listen to CBC Band, the headliners of Vietnam’s first international rock festival in 1971, and make your own rock song today in the Sound Booth!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Vietnam Heritage Center. The Vietnam Heritage Center is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide support for the Vietnamese immigrant community while educating the general public and local community on Vietnamese language and culture. Learn more at CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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