Gateway Korea Foundation

The Gateway Korea Foundation provides opportunities for the Heartland Community to learn about and experience Korean culture. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Korea Foundation will draw from communities across the American Midwest to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation for Korean culture.

Dano Spring Festival Celebrates Korean Culture and Contemporary Art

The Gateway Korea Foundation (GKF) will host its sixth annual Dano Spring Festival on June 7th and 8th in St. Louis. “Dano” is a traditional Korean holiday marking the end of the spring sowing season and typically celebrated with a day of song, dance and games. The Gateway Korea Foundation celebrates Dano every year in St. Louis by providing a free educational event with a lecture on Korean art and culture. This year’s Dano Festival will highlight the distinctive contemporary Korean art scene and its intersection with K-POP as it has developed over the past forty years.


GKF is excited to feature  this year’s special guest Hyonjeong Kim Han (Associate Curator of Korean Art at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum) and her lecture “Contemporary Korean Art- 1980’s to Today: The Intersection of Art and K-POP” at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday, June 7th. Since the 1980s, Korea has experienced many transformations which has helped to create a unique art scene. This year's lecture by Han will focus on the many transformations in Korea's modern history from politics, technology and globalization that have influenced Korea's contemporary art scene. She will also discuss the influence and dispersion of Korean art and K-Pop throughout the world known as the Hallyu wave. The talk will conclude with an open discussion about the influence of traditional and contemporary art on K-pop culture.  Dano events conclude on Saturday, June 8th with a reception and panel discussion where Han will be joined by renowned local experts (Wassan Al Khudhairi, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis and Philip Hu, Curator of Asian Art at the St. Louis Art Museum) to discuss contemporary art in Korea and around the world.


This year’s Dano Korean Festival features the following events:

Contemporary Korean Art Lecture Friday, June 7, 2019 (Free to the public)

6:00-7:00 pm Reception: Conversation with Hyonjeong Kim Han and a performance by the Children’s Choirs from Korean Academy of St. Louis  

7:00-8:15 pm Lecture: Contemporary Korean Art – 1980s to Today: The Intersection of Art and K-POP

The Farrell Auditorium, Saint Louis Art Museum

One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis (63110)

(Presented in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum)


Reception and Panel Discussion Saturday, June 8, 2019

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. A Conversation with Hyonjeong Kim Han on Contemporary Korean Art

5:00 – 6:30 P.M. GKF Program & Buffet Dinner with Traditional Korean Food, Music by Local Artists Kara McAtee & Grant Argent

7:00 – 8:30 P.M. Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Contemporary Arts with Hyonjeong Kim Han and special guests

Lakeside Patio & Auditorium at CityPlace 1

1 CityPlace Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Tickets to Saturday’s reception is $60 per person which includes a traditional Korean buffet dinner and supports the ongoing mission of The Gateway Korea Foundation. Panel discussion only tickets are available for $10 per person. For advanced ticket purchase and more information about the Dano Spring Festival, please visit

Korean Chuseok Festival

Traditional Korean music, games, dance and food will be featured during the third annual Chuseok festival in St. Louis on September 24th and September 25th.  The Gateway Korea Foundation is hosting the events, which includes cultural activities such as Korean folk games and crafts, Taekwondo martial arts demonstrations, and calligraphy. A traditional dance group from South Korea will also perform.

New to the festival this year is a free Sunday family event at the St. Louis Art Museum that includes learning the Korean alphabet, story-telling, games and a dance performance.

Chuseok means "the great middle (of autumn)" and is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea. Chuseok is a celebration of the good harvest, when Korean families visit ancestral hometowns, enjoy song, dance and folk games, and share a feast of traditional foods.

One of the founders of the Gateway Korea Foundation, Young-Hie Nahm Kromm, was raised in Korea and says the festival offers the public a chance to immerse themselves in her homeland’s 4,000-year old culture. “Our goal is to share the many beautiful aspects of Korean culture so that people here can learn about and even embrace some of Korea’s traditional values such as being mindful of our limited natural resources, and being artful in the presentation of food,” she said.

Dr. Han Ko, a board member of the Foundation, is the chairperson of the Chuseok festival committee. He said last year’s event drew families and people of all ages. “We want to share our special Korean traditions with people from St. Louis so they can learn more about our culture. The festival offers something for everyone, so we hope to see a great turnout,” he said.

A favorite Chuseok dish is Kimchi, also spelled Kimchee or Gimchi, which is a traditional Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of spicy seasonings. Other foods that will be offered include Bulgogi, Song Pyon and bar-be-cued meats.

Saturday, Sept. 24
Traditional food, holiday costumes, games, dance and music.
12 Noon – 4 p.m. 

McGrath Elementary School - auditorium and school grounds
2350 St Clair, Brentwood, MO 63144                                   
Admission:  Free

Dance performance by Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brentwood High School
2221 High School Drive, Brentwood, MO 63144
Admission:  $10 suggested donation.

Sunday, Sept. 25
Cultural activities, stories, games and dance.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
St. Louis Art Museum
One Fine Arts Drive - Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63110

Admission:  Free