A Celebration of Chinese Opera: The First-ever Chinese Opera Mask Exhibition in D.C.

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The exhibit will celebrate traditional Chinese culture by featuring 3-D Chinese opera masks and other related artworks.

A Celebration of Chinese Opera, a first-of-its-kind multimedia exhibit, will take place Aug. 22- 27 at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C. This event combines child workshops – the results of which will be showcased during the exhibit – and a collection of 3-D masks and other related artworks inspired by the theme of Chinese opera, such as photography, costume, paintings and more. In addition, international and emerging artists are encouraged to submit work for selection in the exhibit.

The event is curated and directed by Xichen Xu, a graduate student from Savannah College of Art and Design. As an Arts Administration major with more than 17 years of experience as a musician, Xu's goal is to advocate for arts education and to host an event where all community members are welcome to participate. She has already conducted a student workshop at Washington International School, where she guided the children in the creation of Chinese opera masks for displaying in the show.

“My goal is not only to provide a free-admission event, but also to give children a chance to experience creating art, which is a good way to develop their creativity and imagination,” Xu said.

To help raise funds for the exhibit, Xu has launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $3,500. The campaign will terminate at the end of the show’s run. Interested parties may contribute by visit Indiegogo: igg.me/at/chineseoperamask

Guests of the opening reception held at 5 - 9 p.m. Aug. 22 will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of their very own Chinese opera mask. To learn more about A Celebration of Chinese Opera, please visit http://www.celebrationofchineseopera.com/.

About Xichen Xu:
A student of Savannah College of Art and Design, Xichen Xu will soon graduate with a Master degree in Arts Administration. Previously, she earned a Bachelor degree in Arts Management from China Conservatory. The talented student has more than 17 years of experience playing the Erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument and 9 years as a principal player in the orchestra.

A Celebration of Chinese Opera
Saturday August 22: Opening Reception at 5-9 pm
Exhibition runs from August 22- 27

Press Night
Saturday August 22
The opening reception will begin at 5:00 pm.
Contact Xichen Xu at: chineseoperamask(at)gmail(dot)com

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chineseoperamask
Instagram: @Chineseoperamask

Dates: August 22–27, 2015
Location: Katzen Arts Center
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Saturday August 22 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday August 23 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday August 24 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday August 25 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday August 26 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday August 27 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Parking: Free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays in the Katzen's underground garage. Paid parking is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Public Transportation: The closest Metro station is the Tenleytown/AU stop on the red line. From the Metro, you can take the AU shuttle bus to Katzen from the corner of Albemarle and 40th Street. The bus runs every 10–15 minutes.

Uber: Sign up with event promo code: Chineseopera will get $20 off for first drive.

Metro: N3, N4, N6, N8 pass the Katzen on Massachusetts Ave. NW; M4 and N2 pass the Katzen on Nebraska Ave. NW at Ward Circle


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