Sesame Street’s Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arcerio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Lunar New Year festival on February 6, 2016 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

SESAME ST’s Alan Muraoka and Puppeteers, Lion Dancers, Ribbon Dancers, Martial Artists and Korean Fan Dancers perform at Lunar New Year #MetFest

Dance, Events, Museum, Music, Performances, Photography

The Lunar New Year Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 6, 2016,  featured performances by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe, New York Chinese Cultural Center dancers, Korean Performing Arts Center dancers and Sesame Street‘s Alan Muraoka and puppeteers Pam Arciero and Jennifer Barnhart. Check out my video highlights and photo coverage below.

I arrived just in time for a colorful parade which began on the Museum’s steps and continued through the Great Hall led by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe.

While there were dozens of programs available during the seven hours of the Met’s annual Lunar New Year festival celebration the Year of the Monkey, below are a few highlights of my afternoon.

New York Chinese Cultural Center dancers- a ribbon dance.

Korean Performing Arts Center dancers

Sesame Street’s Alan Muraoka and puppeteers Pam Arciero and Jennifer Barnhart in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.

After my #Metfest excursion, I headed to The Bao on St. Mark’s Place for a late lunch.

Exhibitions and Installations
The Museum’s Department of Asian Art marked its 100th anniversary in 2015. As part of the centennial celebration, several exhibitions are being presented over the course of a year that feature the Museum’s formidable holdings of art from across Asia. Spring 2016 offerings include Monkey Business: Celebrating the Year of the Monkey (through July 24) and The Arts of Nepal and Tibet: Recent Gifts (through January 15, 2017).

Related Asian art exhibitions that are currently on view include Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met (through March 27), A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection (through June 19), Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection (through June 19), Chinese Lacquer: Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th-18th Century (through June 19), Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs (through May 22), Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection (through January 22, 2017), Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection (through October 11), and Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama (through June 5).

More information about special exhibitions, including sponsorship credits, can be found in the online exhibition previews at

General Event Information
Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Monkey program information and directions to events throughout the Museum will be available at the Information Desk inside the main entrance at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, and in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, which is located near the ground-floor entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street. All Lunar New Year Festival programs are free with Museum admission. Recommended Museum admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and over), and $12 for students. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are free.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Monkey is organized by the Met’s Department of Education and the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative.

About the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative
The Multicultural Audience Development Initiative began more than 15 years ago at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It reflects the Museum’s founding mission to educate and inspire by reaching out to all of its constituencies, including the many diverse communities of the New York tristate area. Its objectives are to increase awareness of the Museum’s global collections and programs, to diversify its visitorship and Membership, and to increase participation in its programs.

Visitor Information
*Hours: As of July 1, 2013, the Main Building and The Cloisters are open 7 days a week.
Main Building

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Cloisters museum and gardens

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Both locations will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, and the main building will also be closed the first Monday in May.

Recommended Admission
(Admission at the main building includes same-week admission to The Cloisters)
Adults $25.00, seniors (65 and over) $17.00, students $12.00
Members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult free
Express admission may be purchased in advance at
For More Information (212) 535 – 7710;
No extra charge for any exhibition.

Accommodations for visitors with disabilities, such as Verbal Imaging tours and Sign Language interpretation of any program, are available by request with advance notice.
For more information; (212) 650-2010 or

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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