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.

Save the Dates!

Native American Heritage Celebration Day ★ Sunday, November 13, 2022 | 12-4 pm

Black History Month Celebration Day ★ Sunday, February 19, 2023 | 12-4 pm


Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day

Sunday, September 25 | 12-4 pm

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.

SHOW OFF YOUR TALENT! This year’s grand finale will be a Youth Talent Show. Interested in showing off your dance moves or special skills? Register for the talent show that will take place in MAG’s Auditorium at the end of the event, 2:30-4 pm. Registration is open to all (ages 8-21). The deadline to register is Friday, September 2.

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.


Past Celebration Days

Pride Celebration Day ★ Thursday, July 7, 2022
Pride Celebration Day Banner

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 Black History Month 2022 Banner

Sunday, February 20, 2022 | 2-4 pm | FREE (no registration required)

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.


World AIDS Day ★ Wednesday, December 1, 2021

World AIDS Day

Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility: The past is local, the present is global, the future is shared

Proof of vaccination is required in the form of a vaccination card or the excelsior app. Masks are mandatory.

Join us for this special day in tribute to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and learn more about the upcoming exhibition Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster, which features HIV/AIDS Education Posters from the Atwater Collection at the University of Rochester.

5-6:30 pm | Community tables, arts & crafts, and a continuous digital display slideshow of AIDS Education Posters from the digital collection site, focusing on the history of World AIDS Day from around the world
6:30-8 pm | Concert performances (This will also be streamed live to MAG’s Facebook page)
8-8:30 pm | Closing reception

Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery. In partnership with Thomas Warfield/PeaceArt, Trillium Health, and URMC Rochester Victory Alliance. And in collaboration with the River Campus Libraries.


Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day ★ Sunday, September 26, 2021

Celebrating 20 Years!

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day 2021

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


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