Several times each year, the Memorial Art Gallery opens its doors and offers Rochester area families and community members the opportunity to learn more about specific cultures. These events for all ages feature hands-on art activities, music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, and a variety of cultural displays. Suggested donation $5 per family.
Thursday, December 29, 2016, noon to 5 pm
There are few living people who can say they created a holiday celebrated by millions of people. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana studies at California State University in Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966 and remains its most prominent advocate.
As he explained it, Kwanzaa transcends African culture to celebrate the universal: “the celebration of Kwanzaa is about embracing ethical principles and values … so the goodness of the world can be shared and enjoyed by us and everyone.”
Each of Kwanzaa’s seven days is dedicated to one principle, named in Swahili. Translated, they are: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; creativity; and faith.
Download a flyer (JPEG)
Download the day’s program (PDF)
Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery.
Sunday, February 26, 2017, noon to 5 pm
Sunday, May 7, 2017, noon to 5 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017, noon to 5 pm