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The Newport Art Museum will welcome parents and children to the galleries for the popular monthly Second Saturday program on Saturday, January 8 at 10:30 am.

Always enriching and inspiring, the Newport Art Museum’s monthly family program this month will honor Chinese New Year traditions with the talented youth performers of the Rhode Island Kung Fu & Lion Dance Club. The 2018 Lunar New Year celebrates the Year of the Dog, and the dancers will be channeling that energy into an elaborate Chinese Lion Dance in the galleries of the historic Griswold House.

The Lion Dance is regarded as a potent symbolic tradition in Chinese culture through which negative energy is warded off, and positive energy is fostered and encouraged. The youth performers of the Rhode Island Kung Fu & Lion Dance Club have mastered precise movements, techniques and footwork, and the accompanying percussive instruments, for an exciting feast for the eyes and ears.

Second Saturday will begin promptly at 10:30 am in the Griswold House with a Gallery Guided Close-Looking Tour of a few selected works of art, immediately followed by special themed Second Saturday programming.


The Second Saturday program has always been free for Members, and free with admission for non-members.

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Museum now offers free regular museum admission to youth and children up to age 18.

About Second Saturday

The Second Saturday program was launched in 2015 to engage young families in creative looking and making activities in the galleries of the Newport Art Museum. Second Saturday is designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family. Each Second Saturday is uniquely curated based on a theme, and includes a variety of activities geared for ages 3-10, and their parents. It is held at 10:30 am, on the second Saturday of each month.

Each Second Saturday activity is free with paid Museum admission.
Museum members and (new this year!) children to age 18 enjoy free admission to the Museum.

Second Saturday is generously supported by the Hartfield Foundation.

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