Celebration Series

All Are Welcome!

Celebration Series offers Rochester area families and community members the opportunity to learn more about specific cultures, communities, and events through performances, presentations, art & crafts, and more! These days are free and include museum admission with a suggested donation of $5 per group when you RSVP. Tickets are required!

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

Black History Month Celebration Day

Sunday, February 19 | 12-5 pm

Join us for our Black History Month Celebration Day! With something for everyone, come enjoy storytelling, music, performances, art, fashion, and more!

Schedule of Events

M&T BANK BALLROOM
12-3 pm | Community Display Tables
12:30-12:45 pm | Donna Beaty
12:45-1:45 pm | Community Organization Representatives
1:45-2 pm | Kassandra Baggs Healing in Motion Dance
2-2:15 pm | Dunwoody Dance 5678
2:15-2:30 pm | Jermaine Barber
2:30-2:45 pm | Borinquen Dance Theatre
2:45-3 pm | Rochester Dolphins Cheer Team
3-3:15 pm| Michael Peace & Bethel Express Drum Team

VANDEN BRUL PAVILION
12-3:30 pm | Art Displays by Prince Will Star as ProartCreate & Debra Aaron
12:15-12:30 pm | Gospel, Old School RnB & Hip-Hop w/ DJ Andre A.G.O.N.Y
12:30-12:45 pm | Nicolette Ferguson of Garth Fagan Dance
12:45-1 pm | Gospel, Old School RnB & Hip-Hop w/ DJ Andre A.G.O.N.Y
1-1:15 pm | Poetry w/ Lavonne Barfield of LoveOn Artwork & Ca Tyra Polland of Love for Words
2-2:30 pm | Saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith
2:30-2:45 pm | Gospel, Old School RnB & Hip-Hop w/ DJ Andre A.G.O.N.Y
2:45-3 pm | ROC City Line Dance Express
3:30-4:30 pm | Fashion show w/ MansaWear & Carlton Wilcox Band

AUDITORIUM
12:30-1 pm | Hatshepsut: She Wears the Beard, She says I’m King
1:45-2:45 pm | Health and Wellness Panel discussion
2:30-3 pm | Hatshepsut: She Wears the Beard, She says I’m King

BAUSCH & LOMB PARLOR
 12-3 pm | Make-it-and-take it 


Past Celebration Days

Native American Heritage Celebration Day ★ Sunday, November 13, 2022

Join us for Native American Heritage Celebration Day at MAG in collaboration with Friends of Ganondagan Program Director Jeanette Jemison (Mohawk, Snipe Clan)! Enjoy free museum admission, live dances and demonstrations with Bill Crouse (Seneca, Hawk Clan), storytelling with Perry Ground (Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation), display tables, history, culture, celebration, and more.

Schedule of Events

M&T BANK BALLROOM
12-12:45 pm | Storytelling with Perry Ground
1-1:45 pm | Haudenosaunee music & instruments
2-2:45 pm | Hoop Dance participatory demonstration
3-3:45 pm | Haudenosaunee Social Dance Performance

VANDEN BRUL PAVILION
12-3 pm | Wampum Belt and Deer Parts Displays

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day ★ Sunday, September 25, 2022

Join us for Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day! Enjoy free museum admission, community and cultural tables, live dances and music, performances and presentations centered on this year’s spotlight country (Mexico), storytelling, arts & crafts, a youth talent show, and more. This year’s theme is How Great Our Tomorrow Can Be | Qué tan grande puede ser nuestro mañana. Check out the events photos!

Schedule of Events

VANDEN BRUL PAVILION
12-2 pm | Cultural Organization Display Tables
12:20 pm | Opening Remarks Featuring Mayor Malik Evans, County Executive Adam Bello
12:30 pm | Performances
          Alexandra Solei Perea  Infant Queen of Carnival 2022
          Brianna Angelica Perea  Infant Queen of Carnival Barranquilla 2023
          School #9 Bilingual Students
          Byron Noble
1 pm | Reina Infantil Gabriela Acevedo
1:15 pm | Next Generation – Fenix Artistic Development

AUDITORIUM
12:50 pm | Byron Noble
1-2 pm | Spotlight Country Performance: Mexico

M&T BANK BALLROOM
12-2 pm | International Display Tables
12-12:30 pm | Trio Los Arpegios
12:45-1:25 pm | Freddy C and The Latin Jazz Quartet
1:30-2 pm | Borinquen Dance Theatre
2:25 pm | Validy La Mejor
2:30-4 pm | “How Great Our Tomorrow Can Be” Youth Talent Show

BAUSCH & LOMB PARLOR
12:30-2 pm | “History of Guitars Used in Spanish Museum of Puerto Rico” by Marcos Santiago

LYNNE LOVEJOY PARLOR
12-4 pm | Monroe County COVID-19 Vaccine Station

CREATIVE WORKSHOP
12:30-2:30 pm | Storytelling (room #7)
12:30-2:30 pm | Make-It & Take-Its (room #8, room #10)

IN THE MUSEUM
1 pm | MAGconnect Tour Led by Delores Jackson Radney (Bus pickup time is 4 pm)

Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Poder 97.1 FM with support from the City of Rochester Mayor Malik D. Evans, City of Rochester Hispanic Heritage Committee, and Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc.

Pride Celebration Day ★ Thursday, July 7, 2022
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Join us for our annual celebration of acceptance, community, diversity, learning, and love! Enjoy free museum admission, a unicorn photo op, drag storytime with Vanessa LeRoux, workshop performances by Frazee Feet Dance, and more all-ages fun. Dress in your favorite fabulous Pride look or rainbow colors outfit, pack some snacks for dinner in the Centennial Sculpture Park, or bring a blanket to picnic on the MAG lawn! Download the event poster, and view photos on Flickr!

Schedule of Events

CHECK-IN, FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION | 5-9 pm

COMMUNITY DISPLAY TABLES  | 5:30-8:30 pm

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Rochester Chapter
  • The Avenue Blackbox Theatre
  • The Center for Youth 
  • Monroe County Department of Human Services
  • PFLAG Rochester 
  • Rochester LGBTQ+ Together 

ARTS & CRAFTS | 5:30-8 pm

  • Rainbow ribbon decorating
  • Watercolor painting
  • LGBTQ+ history coloring pages
  • Construction paper flowers
  • Bubble & sidewalk chalk

PERFORMANCES | 6-8:30 pm

  • Drag Queen Storytime with Vanessa LeRoux (6-6:30 pm & 7-7:30 pm)
  • Drag Queen Photo Op with Vanessa LeRoux (6:30-7 pm & 7:30-8 pm)
  • Group Dance Demonstration/Workshop by Frazee Feet Dance (8-8:30 pm)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day ★ Sunday, May 15, 2022

Join us for Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day! Enjoy community and cultural displays, live performances, a grand finale, and more. This year’s theme is Hope Blooms Eternal. Download the event poster, and view photos on Flickr!

Schedule of Events

VANDEN BRUL PAVILION
12 pm | OPENING REMARKS from Community Guest Programmer Rujuta Dholakia and others
12–3 pm | PHOTOS by Bob Burris
12–3 pm | COMMUNITY TABLES
12:30-2:45 pm | WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES

12:30 pm | Kyle Devitt and Vivaan Dholakia on Keyboard and Singing
12:45 pm | GRAMNY
1 pm | Taekwondo Demonstration by United Taekwondo
1:45 pm | Hiten Khemani Indian Percussion
2:45 pm | Jawani Bhangra Demonstration

BAUSCH & LOMB PARLOR
12–3 pm | MAKE-IT AND TAKE-IT ART ACTIVITIES with Hamamatsu-Rochester Sister City Committee, Lyola Arts and Crafts, Jessica Chang, and MAG Creative Workshop Instructors

Henna temporary tattoos, Dot Kollam on canvas, Warali art bookmarks, and Print art

M&T BANK BALLROOM
12–2:45 pm | CULTURAL TABLES
12:45-2 pm | WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES

12:45 pm | PASOR Poetry & Cultural Fashion Show
12:55 pm | PASOR Ludi Folk Dance
1:30 pm & 2:30 pm | Phoenix Dance Performances
2 pm | Carnatic Music by Pranav Bhagavtula and Aditya Tangirala
2:15 pm | Kuchipudi Dance by students of Sastry Bhagavtula

3:15–4 pm | FINALE PERFORMANCE

The Pomegranates Are Ripe – Chinese Dance, Jingcheng Liu
Alarippu – Bharata School, Parvatha
ITIK-IKIK “duck dance” – Filipino Dance, (FAAR) Jo Blancaflor
Punjab – Bhangra, Jawani Bhangda
Janggay (Bird Dance) – Muslim Dance, (FAAR) Merle Snow
Karenni – Myanmar, Marie Thorn
Bollywood Katak – Bollywood Katak, Merlin Lyola

AUDITORIUM
12:45–2:15 pm | PERFORMANCES

12:45 pm | Live Chinese Music Played by Child Roc
1 pm | Leah Ou Pipa Playing
1:30 pm | Bilingual Story Reading by Child Roc
2:15 pm | Chinese Ensemble

2:15–3 pm | INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS & CULTURAL SONGS

Black History Month Virtual Celebration Day ★ Sunday, February 20, 2022
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Sunday, February 20, 2022 | 2-4 pm | FREE

Join us virtually on a Facebook live stream as we celebrate Black History Month with spoken word poetry, dance, fashion, and musical performances! Tune in to the live stream on our Facebook page on Sunday, February 20, from 2 to 4 pm.

Enjoy storytelling and sing along with Miss Sweet Potato Pie in these children’s videos!

Lineup

2 pm Opening remarks by Annie Dukes

2:15 pm — Spoken work poetry by Lavonne Barfield, art exhibition by Xavier Everson

2:25 pm fashion show by Nita Brown of MansaWear, dance by Donna Beaty

2:30 pm Arthur Beaty, jazz guitarist

2:45 pm Chelse Chambers, vocals

3 pm Carlton Wilcox Band performance

3:45 pm Closing thanks by Annie Dukes


Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery with additional sponsorship provided by Excellus BCBS, Family First, Monroe County Family Coalition, and WDKX.

Interested in participating in a Celebration Day? Send us an Email and describe your talent!