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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Cultures at the MAG APAH Family Day to Commemorate the 30th APA Heritage Month (1979-2009)

By Mimi W. Lee, President/Board Chair, Asian/Pacific Islander/American History Project of Greater Rochester, Inc. (APA-HiP)
chinese_arts_acadThe first APA Heritage Month celebration was held in May 1979, thirty years ago. This year is also the 7th anniversary of the APA Family Day at the Memorial Art Gallery. From its humble beginnings in February 2003, even an ice storm couldn’t keep over one thousand attendees from coming through the MAG doors. Having served on this same advisory committee since then, I had the opportunity and privilege to work with and build lasting relationships with very passionate leaders and gifted artists. I think that the purpose of the MAG family days is to honor our cultural heritages through education and engagement, which will unite our hearts together to build the foundation for a strong community.
bharata_danceAs a community advocate, and avid photojournalist, I’ve taken thousands of photographs at each of these annual festivities. We all know that pictures tell stories, often more than a thousand words. In looking through these photo archives, I rejoice at the diversity, creativity, energy, commitment and inspiration exuded from every participant in sharing a slice of their world through traditional dances, songs, dramatic arts, musical performances, story-telling, art talks, colorful table displays, and even down to the arts & crafts the children (and even some adults) can’t seem to tear themselves away from in the MAG workshops.
ikebana09Don’t let this opportunity escape to enjoy all the art treasures at the Memorial Art Gallery, and the bonus of a whirlwind tour through Asia by your friendly neighbors right here in Greater Rochester. So, stop by this Sunday, May 31, 2009, from 12 noon to 5 PM and say hello to me while I take your photo and print it for you.

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