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.


World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day ★ Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility: The past is local, the present is global, the future is shared

FREE | REGISTER HERE

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

The concert performances will include:

  • Welcome message, Dr. Bill Valenti (Trillium Health)
  • Musical Selection, Thomas Warfield (PeaceArt International)
  • City Proclamation Presentation, Deputy Mayor James Smith
  • Dance Performance, Zanyla Penn from Borinquen Dance Theatre
  • NY State Senate/Assembly Joint Proclamation Presentation, Assemblyman Harry Bronson
  • Musical Selection, Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Musical Selection, Scotty Ginett
  • Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster Exhibition Announcement, Jessica Lacher-Feldman
  • ASL Performance, Dangerous Signs & Luane Haggerty
  • Musical Selection, Nyk Tyrell
  • Song Performance, Aisha DaCosta & Jerry Peters & Sharon Peters
  • Film Presentation ‘Don’t Define Me’ (with intro), Dr. Stephen Dewhurst from Rochester Victory Alliance
  • Dance Performance, RIT DanceCore/ Marc Ellis Holland
  • Drag Performance, Samantha Vega
  • Closing Song, Thomas Warfield

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.


Save the Dates!

Black History Celebration ★ Sunday, February 20, 2022

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


Past Celebration Days


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


Celebrate PRIDE at MAG

Pride Celebration Day ★ Sunday, July 18, 2021

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.

2021 Pride Celebration Day

Photos by Alyssa Bileschi


Jewish Heritage Celebration Day

Jewish Heritage Celebration Day at MAG

Sunday, June 13, 2021 | Download a schedule of the day’s events

ENJOY:

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!


PLUS:
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!



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