Lunar New Year at The Oakland Museum of California is another reason to love Oakland and another reminder of what extraordinary cultural offerings this community has. I spent Sunday afternoon taking in the many traditions of Lunar New Year from all over Asia including:
- A Balinese dance troupe with three generations: daughter, mother, grandmother
- Young women being encouraged to display their fierceness in a martial arts demonstration
- Creating red envelopes. In Chinese culture red envelopes are given with money by married couples to unmarried family members (I know I’m not Chinese but where’s mine!?)
- Beautiful sculptures and installations inspired by Chinese New Year
- Making prayer flags and vegan spring rolls
What I love best about cultural celebrations at the Oakland Museum is that the audiences are representative of Oakland. In an age when the art world is asking is how to diversify, 89% of art museums’ core audience is white, The Oakland Museum’s celebrations are vibrant, hopeful examples of another reality.