Community Day: Lunar New Year

Traditional Korean drum performance.

Urisawe student drummers at Community Day: Lunar New Year 2022 in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Photo by Frederick Liang.  

Free admission

Join SJMA and welcome the year of the Rabbit, or in Vietnam, the year of the Cat, with artmaking activities, cultural demonstrations, and live performances. This contemporary celebration honors Lunar New Year traditions commemorated around the globe and here in San José.  Explore and create with family and friends in this multigenerational event.

Free admission all day from 11am to 6pm.

Onsite Program

1pm: Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra, a cultural heritage group providing traditional instrumental music performances mainly in the Bay Area. 

2pm: Urisawe, from Fan Dance to Samgomu, Urisawe is dedicated to offering the best performances and classes when it comes to Korean Dance. 

3pm: Rising Phoenix, a dynamic team that practice the art of modern Lion Dancing in San José, CA, for over a decade. Consisting of high school students and young professionals, Rising Phoenix strives to keep the traditional art of lion dance alive.

Hands-on Activities

  • Faux Jade Magnets: Jade is a precious stone found around the world and used across Asia to ward off bad luck. Jade comes in various colors but is most famous for its luminous green glow. Make your own lucky faux-jade magnet in a few easy steps. 

  • Kitten Bookmarks: Did you know both baby rabbits and baby cats are called kittens? This year to celebrate the year of the Rabbit/Cat make you can make an adorable kitten bookmark. 

In the Galleries

Free admission all day from 11am to 6pm.

Education Fund

The education fund at SJMA is supported in part by a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José, and generous funding from Lucia Cha, Priscilla Chou, the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Swenson Foundation, Farrington Historical Foundation, KPMG LLP, the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, Stuart and Daphne Wells, and SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.