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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.

Pictures by Brandon K. Vick.

May 2014: Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day

On May 4, more than 1,100 visitors were on hand for the Gallery’s annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day, which was underwritten by series sponsor JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Top row from left: Chinese calligraphy demonstration, dance workshop led by Bollywood Dance Mania, wedding reenactment by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. Second row: Alan Simon performing on the tabla (sponsored by the Pakistani American Society of Rochester), talk by art historian Winnie Tsang, performance by the Taiwanese Choral Society of Rochester. Third row: performance by the Chinese Dance Company of Rochester, traditional dance by the Philippine Dance Company of Rochester, Jinghpaw Kachin Burmese dancers. Photos by Brandon K. Vick.

February 2014: Black History Month Family Day

On February 16, 550 visitors enjoyed music and dance performances and family art activities at this year’s Black History Month Family Day. Top row from left: Poet Reenah Golden (in boots) led Black Coffee, a music-infused performance featuring musicians Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Steve Humphrey, Denise Reese and members of Forward Movement. Visitors got into the act at a dance workshop by FuturPointe Dance. Members of “Africa en America Latina,” from Avenue D Recreation Center, performed in the Pavilion. Second row from left: The Creative Workshop hosted a “Paint Your History” art activity. Students from Urban Performing Arts Center put on the Motown Musical Review. Johnnie Lee Smith painted portraits; his subject here is Lutonya Highsmith. Photos by Larry Merrill.

October 2013: Celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage

Performers at 2013 Hispanic Heritage Family Day
On October 27, nearly 1,500 visitors enjoyed art activities and music and dance performances at the Gallery’s annual Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day. Top row from left: Abdel Albino demonstrating the cuatro guitar; Rochester Latino Theater Company performing “Mi casa es su casa”; mask making in the Creative Workshop. Second row from left: Performers from Papalotl Mexican Folkloric Dance School; filmmaker Ricardo Arnaiz, who splits his time between San Diego and Puebla, Mexico, speaking on his animated film El Americano (release date March 2014); dancers from Chile Lindo. 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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