Kauffman Museum will celebrate the Year of the Pig, and the current special exhibit, with a Chinese-themed Spring Gala 2019.

This event is one of the museum’s major annual fundraisers and will take place April 30 at the Water’s Edge restaurant in Hesston, with special guests Lion Dancers from Wichita.

This year’s Spring Gala theme was inspired by the current special exhibit at Kauffman Museum, “Campaign for a New China: Looking Back on Posters from the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976.”

Bethel College art, design and art history students collaborated with Kauffman Museum staff on this exhibit that features propaganda art collected by the late Robert Kreider in China in 1976.

The exhibit is on view at the museum through May 19. Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum members get free admission.

The evening will begin with a meal of Chinese potstickers (dumplings), char siu (barbecue pork), vegetable fried rice, steamed broccoli and fresh fruit, prepared by the Water’s Edge.

After dinner, Wichita’s Buddhist Youth Association Tri Pho Lion Dance group will use giant two-person puppets to perform a dance typical of China and other Asian countries. The dance’s movements and elaborate costumes are meant to mimic a lion, to bring good luck and fortune.

The evening wraps up with a live auction featuring several Chinese- and/or Year of the Pig-themed items available for bid.

The choices include: “Sichuanese Dinner Celebration of the Year of the Pig” at the Topeka home of Doug Penner and Raylene Hinz-Penner; “Dragon Festival/Poets Day Traditional Chinese Meal” at the north Wichita home of Tsweiying Huang and Nathan Esau; “Taste of Asia,” with hosts Cliff Dick, Marlene Ewert, Dave Kreider and Heidi Regier Kreider, North Newton; local pork sausage donated by the Breadbasket, Newton, Gillispie Meats, Newton, Keith’s Foods, Goessel, and Meridian Grocery, Newton; and a hot-stone massage donated by Michelle Voth of Shiro Therapeutic Massage, Hesston.

Also for bid are chances to sponsor one or more 2019 Uncle Carl’s Camps summer sessions at Kauffman Museum.

Tickets for the Kauffman Museum Spring Gala cost $75 per person. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, by mail with payment to Kauffman Museum, 300 E. 27th St., North Newton, KS 67117, or by phone with a credit card at 316-283-1612.

Contact Andi Schmidt Andres at Kauffman Museum for more information by calling 316-283-1612 or e-mailing asa@bethelks.edu.