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  • Moon Festival Celebrates Art and Culture of Southeast Asia

    (WORCESTER, Mass., August 19, 2003) - The Worcester Art Museum and the Southeast Asian Health Program of Worcester's Family Health Center invite the public to a Moon Festival, a popular Asian celebration of the full harvest moon, on Sunday, Sept. 7.

    The Moon Festival will take place at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is free with Museum admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 65 and older and for college students with ID, and free for youth ages 17 and under and for Museum members.

    A family event, the Moon Festival will feature art-making, music, storytelling, and dance. Traditional mooncakes and oolong tea will be served. A traditional dragon dance led by Hoai Dao of Worcester highlights this year's festival. Throughout the afternoon, families are invited to explore the Museum and participate in many activities such as making lanterns in the studios, listening to stories about the legends of dragons and the moon, and playing games. Youth troupes will perform traditional Laotian and Vietnamese dance and model cultural fashions, and musicians Alice Chang and Jason Pan demonstrate unusual and exquisite Chinese musical instruments.

    In 2002, the Worcester Art Museum's Diversity Committee, comprised of trustees, corporators and community liaisons, initiated a partnership with the Family Health Center to bring the Moon Festival to the Museum and broaden its audience in the community.

    The Moon Festival is sponsored by Imperial Distributors, Inc. Additional generous support provided by Worcester Magazine.

    About the Worcester Art Museum

    The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Japanese prints, Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon. The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.