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. Our Family Days series is sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery. Suggested donation $5 per family.
Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery.
Photos by Annette Dragon and Brandon Vick. Art by Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of a Man with a Letter (detail), 2013. Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 2013.79. Copyright Kehinde Wiley. Used by permission.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, noon to 5 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017, noon to 5 pm
Wednesday, December 27, 2017, noon to 5 pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018, noon to 5 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018, noon to 5 pm
Thursday, December 29, 2016, noon to 5 pm
We were honored to be able to be a part of this anniversary and celebration! 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)