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Travel the World at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Posted By Salt Lake County ZAP
May 17, 2017

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Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China is the newest exhibit at Discovery Gateway, opening to the public on May 19. Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China presents four children from Hangzhou in several environments, including at home, at school, and in the countryside. The Chinese children will introduce themselves through media and the activities of their daily lives. Visitors will discover that Chinese life today mixes ancient traditions with modern lifestyles. This exhibit is a bridge to learn about China and build cross-cultural understanding. It features original artwork created to present a unique Chinese aesthetic that delivers an immediate and unmistakable impression: You are in China.

child in exhibit

Through this exhibit, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum strives to increase awareness around China. In distinctively Chinese settings, visitors will “meet” children with different interests and in different environments. The exhibit will dispel stereotypes and demystify the nation of China. It is organized into several components with lessons and activities woven throughout.

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Discovery Gateway membership holders are invited to preview the exhibit on Thursday, May 18 from 1 – 3 pm. The grand opening of Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China will be Friday, May 19 from 11 am – 2 pm. Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will also host several Chinese Dual Immersion school groups and encourage them to put their studies to practice by engaging with the exhibit in their secondary language. The grand opening will kick off with a Lion Dance performed by Calvin Smith Elementary students, and several performances by artists from Utah’s Chinese community will follow. The University of Utah’s Confucius Institute will provide hands-on activities for children and families including Chinese paper cutting, origami, and calligraphy.  

child playing with exhibit

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China was produced by Boston Children’s Museum as part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s museums. All underlying materials, including all artwork and the use of Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China characters are used with permission of Boston Children’s Museum.

-Kristin Jahne

Kristin Jahneis the Marketing Coordinator at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. When she’s not fixing member issues or analyzing data, you can find her interacting with patrons around the museum or helping plan events for DG members.