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May 2015: Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day

performers at 2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day

On May 3, MAG welcomed more than 600 visitors of all ages to the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day. They enjoyed family art activities, music and dance performances, museum tours and storytelling. Pictured abover are performers from the Chinese Dance Company of Rochester, karate demonstration by ROC Martial Arts, Bayley Wivell playing the Chinese zither.

February 2015: Black History Month Family Day

At this year’s Black History Month celebration on February 22, 550 visitors braved the Rochester winter and enjoyed a range of activities at MAG.

Black History Month Family Day activities 2015Top row, from left: Black Story Telling League of Rochester perform “Women Who Loved Them.” Carlos Merriweather as Frederick Douglass. Art by Brittany Williams. Avenue D Afro Latino Dance Group.

Bottom row: Tru Art Dance Company. “Patterning Freedom: Creative Conversations with Artists” (Delores Jackson Radney, Gregory Rice and Brittany Williams). Finger knitting class. “Poetry Meets Fashion” showcase.

Photos by Brandon K. Vick.


October 2014: Celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage


On October 5, 1,000 visitors enjoyed art activities and music and dance performances at the Gallery’s annual Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day.

Top row: Cultural displays were hosted by many organizations (shown: volunteers from Puerto Rico and Mexico). Bolivian artist Roberto Mamani greeted visitors and gave a talk on “The Art of the Andes.” Second row: Getting ready to perform. Flamenco performance by Lisa Piccione of Hochstein School of Music and Dance (left) and student. Dancers of Latinos de Corazon. Bottom row: Spanish guitar played by Hochstein students. Brazilian capoeira demonstration by Academy Com Expressão. Audience at the Showcase Finale. Photos by Reginald Warren and Peck Babcock.

May 2014: Grant Holcomb Retirement Dinner

MAG director Grant Holcomb, who retires after 29 years of service on June 30, was the guest of honor at a May 21 dinner attended by members of the Director’s Circle and special guests.

Top row: Guests in the VandenBrul Pavilion. All five Holcomb children (from left, Greg, Kim, Maryn, Dylan and Devon) were on hand. Holcomb with artist Wayne Higby and Higby’s guest, Lisa Lantz. Second row: Holcomb with poet Bill Heyen and artist Sue Huggins Leopard, who collaborated on a broadsheet for the centennial; with Wendell Castle and Nancy Jurs; and with Frances and Albert Paley. Bottom row: Holcomb’s remarks included a nod to another recent retiree, rock and roll legend Little Richard. The evening’s tributes—by former Board president Andy Gallina, State Senator Ted O’Brien, UR director Joel Seligman, Board chairman Teresa Mazzullo and Board president Jim Durfee—included the reading of resolutions from the UR Board of Trustees and State Assembly. Nearly 300 diners filled the M&T Bank Ballroom (shown) and the B&L Parlor.

Photos by Brandon K. Vick.

June 2013: Mother Nature Smiles at Sculpture Park Family Dayfront-lawn-4-web

airigami-webOn June 30, more than 2,000 people enjoyed perfect summer weather at a family day celebrating MAG’s new Centennial Sculpture Park. Among the highlights were storytelling by Almeta Whitis, music by Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band, a performance by Futurpointe Dance, and special activities hosted by event partners Lollypop Farm and Writers & Books. Pictured at right: Airigami created this balloon sculpture inspired by MAG’s painting Young Priestess.

Special thanks to event sponsors Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and to media sponsor WXXI.

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