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Apr

15

April School Vacation Week: Celebrating Yin Yu Tang

Apr

15

April School Vacation Week: Celebrating Yin Yu Tang

by April School Vacation Week: Celebrating Yin Yu Tang

Date & Time

April 15

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue
Peabody Essex Museum
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About this Event

Monday, April 15, 2024 from 10 am—5 pm
In person event
Location: Create Space Studios, Morse Auditorium
All events are included with admission. Children ages 16 and under always receive free admission!
Same-day ticketing required for the paper cutting workshop.
Join us as we continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cultural exchange project that brought Yin Yu Tang to PEM! For this school vacation week, travel across the world without leaving Salem by learning traditional Chinese paper cutting with local guest artist Zhonghe (Elena) Li on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Join us for film screenings in Morse Auditorium on Friday, and challenge yourself all three days with a museum-wide dragon scavenger hunt!
Dragon Quest
10 am–5 pm
Available all day
Learn about dragons in art and tradition around the world in a scavenger hunt that takes you across the museum. See if you can find all nine dragons — if you find them, a prize awaits you! Stop by the Information desk to pick up your dragon activity booklet.
Traditional Chinese Paper Cutting with Zhonghe (Elena) Li
1 pm and 2 pm | Create Space Studios
Same-day tickets are required for this timed workshop; capacity is limited. Tickets are available at the Information desk.
Spring has arrived! Frogs and ducks are appearing in neighborhood ponds. Chipmunks and rabbits are peeking out of their burrows and birds are building nests. Join artist Zhonghe (Elena) Li for a spring-themed lesson in Chinese paper cutting. She will show you basic skills using scissors, and you will create along with her and tell your own stories!
About our Collaborator:
Zhonghe (Elena) Li is a multimedia artist based in Cambridge, MA, who specializes in the traditional Chinese art of paper cutting. Over the past decade, she has passionately embraced this ancient craft, using scissors as her primary tool. Li’s work seeks to bridge the gap between traditional papercutting and contemporary art, addressing issues such as species extinction, climate change and their impact on humanity’s future.
Motivated by her love for nature, Li’s art is deeply rooted in the Taoist philosophy of interconnectivity and balance among all beings. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a 2021 grant from Mount Auburn Cemetary’s Artist-in-Residence program, four grants from the Cambridge Arts Council, a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Traditional Art Fellowship and an MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship for 2023-24. Li also collaborates with local communities through Mass Audubon’s Nature in the City Program. You can find more of her work at hehe.li@instagram.
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