Events & Programs
Spring Community Day: Heroes and Villains Day
History / Heritage - Fair/Festival
Sunday, April 15, 2018
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Who are your Heroes? Who are your Villains?
Art often tells stories, and many famous stories have heroes and villains. Whatever form heroes take—from characters with superhuman powers to ordinary people who act heroically in extraordinary times—they always spark the imagination and stir the heart. And, of course, no good story lacks conflict and with it the villain who is the reflection of the hero.
WAM’s Spring Community Day spotlights a wide variety of heroes, as well as their inevitable counterparts—villains—from throughout history, cultures, and galaxies. There will be tours about heroes in art, drop-in art making activities, demonstrations by historical presenters, and a chance to bask in the presence of those from a galaxy far away and long ago. Along the way you may even find that sometimes a person, or a group, maybe considered heroic by some--and villainous by others!
A Jam-Packed Day of Fun!
Meet Star Wars Characters: The 501st Legion & The Rebel Legion – This is your chance to get your picture taken with members of the 501st New England Garrison and Alderaan Base, the officially approved Star Wars costuming groups! 10am-12pm
Meet everyday community heroes:
Worcester Fire Department - Touch-a-Truck 10am-11am
Learn about firefighters and fire safety 10am-2pm
Operation Delta Dog: Meet service dogs and learn how they are trained. 10am-2pm
Service Dog Demonstration - Operation Delta Dog - 10:15am-10:45am
Art History Programs: Meet Queen Elizabeth I – Visit our Renaissance Court Galleries and have a casual chat with Queen Elizabeth I. Learn all about this iconic heroine. 10am-1pm
The Heroes and Villains of Ancient Greece and Rome Lecture: Discover the heroes and villains of ancient Greece and Rome through works of art from the Worcester Art Museum. We’ll explore Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, as well as the Roman Emperors and noble ladies, through mosaics, sculptures, and paintings. 12:30pm
Gallery Tour: Heroes and Villains in Art – Who's the hero? Who's the villain? Sometimes it's difficult to tell. 1:30pm
Arms and Armor Programs:
Longsword Demonstration – A live presentation of Phillippo di Vadi Pisano’s armored longsword techniques with a duel between Caterina Sforza and a Borgia minion! 10am
Celt versus Roman: Celts and Romans, one of the longest grudge matches in ancient history! Examine how these two cultures lived and fought together for over 500 years. Though vastly different people, they still had much in common. 11am
Samurai Warrior: The Samurai ruled Japan for seven hundred years from the twelfth century right up until 1868. The style we will focus on is Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu and is the oldest school of Japanese martial arts in existence, dating from the fifteenth century. 11:30am and 1:30pm
Rapier and Dagger Demonstration: A demonstration of Vincentio Saviolo’s rapier and dagger technique by a recreated historic character, Catalina de Erauso and her victim! 12:30am
Arming a Knight: Ever wonder how a knight gets dressed? Now you can see for yourself the process of getting a knight in his armor. 2pm
Lightsaber Demonstration: The Light and the Dark--which one will win this time? Join us for this epic battle of good versus evil. 2:30pm
Art-making - "Wanted" Posters and Hero or Villain Masks
Selfie Station and Creature Feature Scavenger Hunt
Food Trucks: 11am-3pm on Lancaster Street
The Dogfather and Sabor Latino
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Infant
Last Modified: April 11, 2018 at 1:54 PM