Celebration Series

All are welcome!

Several times each year, the Memorial Art Gallery offers Rochester area families and community members the opportunity to learn more about specific cultures. Suggested donation $5 per group when you RSVP.

The Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery is the series sponsor for our Celebration Days.

Celebrating 20 Years!

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day ★ Sunday, September 26, 2021 | noon-5 pm

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day

Tickets are required | Tickets include museum admission | RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Poder 97.1 FM with support from Rochester Latino Theater, Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rochester NY, and Hipocampo Books

Save the Dates!

World AIDS Day ★ Thursday, December 2, 2021 | Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility: The past is local, the present is global, the future is shared

Black History Celebration ★ Sunday, February 20, 2022

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration ★ Sunday, May 15, 2022

Previous Celebration Days

Celebrate PRIDE at MAG

Pride Celebration Day:

Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 10 am-12:30 pm | FREE

Suggested donation of $5 per group.

Bubbles, ribbon wall, Pride stickers, sidewalk chalk, coloring pages, and more! This year’s Pride Celebration Day took place on Sunday, July 18, and included dance activities, arts and crafts, community tables, and performances by Frazee Feet Dance and Vanessa LeRoux. Thank you to this year’s Community Guest Programmer, Braden Reese, all of the amazing performers and organizations, each volunteer, MAG’s Gallery Council, and Rochester LGBTQ+ Together for helping make the day fabulous.

Photos by Alyssa Bileschi

2021 Pride Celebration Day
Jewish Heritage Celebration Day

Jewish Heritage Celebration Day at MAG

Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 11 am-5 pm | Download a schedule of the day’s events


This was held during the time that The 613 by Archie Rand was on view at MAG. An enormous multi-panel painting, The 613 depicts surprising responses to the 613 commandments of the Torah, which is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). Yes, there are more than 10 commandments—the rules that govern ethical and religious behavior in Judaism. Archie Rand’s monumental installation explores traditions of both biblical interpretation and artistic expression and exemplifies his groundbreaking achievements in the construction of contemporary Jewish iconography.

This event is free, but reservations are required. Sponsored by the Gallery Council with additional support provided by the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester.

READ: Rochester Rabbi’s Perspectives on the Torah’s 613.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Virtual Celebration

Wednesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 2, 2021 | WATCH THE PLAYLIST

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us, to all participants, to our sponsors, and especially to Community Guest Programmer Rujuta Dholakia as we celebrated the Asian Pacific American Heritage with five days of free virtual programming!

Watch Day 5: Live Performance – Asia Meets America Vocal-Piano Performance with Saveree Joshipura and Swarit Joshipura!

View the Full Playlist featuring five days of programs.

Day 1:
Introduction to North Indian Rhythms by Renowned Music Composer/Producer Rushi Vakil
Day 2:
Hamamatsu-Rochester Sister City Committee Japan Culture Showcase with Lisa Svengsouk, Jocelyn Svengsouk, and Jefferson Svengsouk
Day 3:
Bharat School of Indian Dance and Music Performance Performers: Parvatha Chidambaram, Mira Ramesh, Malvika Satheesh, Radha Pandya, Radhika Amin, Sushmita Patil, Meeta Dahaka, and Mansi Chawla
Day 4:
Performances by Wenzhuo Zhang, Yangqin-Chinese Hammered and Vidhya Bala and Raja Bala, Hindustani Vocal
Day 5:
Live Performance – Asia Meets America Vocal-Piano Performance by Saveree Joshipura and Swarit Joshipura

Read the press release

Thank you to our sponsor: MAG’s Gallery Council

20th Anniversary! Black History Month Virtual Celebration

Wednesday, February 17-Sunday, February 21, 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us, all participants, our sponsors, and Community Guest Programmer Annie Dukes as we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Black History Month Celebration with five days of free virtual programming! View the full Playlist.

Thank you to:

Judah Sealy, Lavonne Barfield, Jimmie Highsmith, Lu Highsmith,ROC City Line Dance Ensemble, and Danielle Ponder. Also, featuring a few words from community speakers, including Jonathan Binstock, Deanna Dewberry, Dr. Lisa Harris, Dina Johnson, Dr. Candice Lucas, Debora McDell-Hernadez, Delores Jackson Radney, Joseph Searles, Sherita Traywick-Johnson, and Shelia Vaughn. Thank you!

One lucky Zoom participant received a free MAG Dual/Family membership – a $95 value for a one-year membership! All Zoom registrants were automatically entered. MAG has notified the recipient via email.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors: MAG’s Gallery Council, Excellus BCBS, and 103.9 WDKX!

2020 Virtual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day

Celebrando la Familia | Celebrating Family

Sunday, October 11, 2020 | noon to 4 pm [Video Playlist]

This year, our Virtual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day took place online and included free, virtual events for all ages!

Read: 3 ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Rochester via Democrat and Chronicle
Read: the Media Release
Download a poster to print at home

Brought to you by Poder 97.1 and Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rochester.

Hispanic Heritage Committee

Read this article from the Democrat and Chronicle.
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