Worcester Art Museum Announces Fall/Winter Lineup of Programs and Public Events

Two Free Admission Days with Community Celebrations kick off months of Special Programing, including Talks, Performances, and more.

Worcester, MA—November 2, 2023—The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) will host a lineup of programs and events this fall and winter featuring special free days in partnership with community organizations. The Museum will kick the season off with a free Diwali Celebration for the seventh year, a full day of performances and programs for all ages in celebration of this festival of lights. The Museum will partner with the Worcester JCC and the Jewish Federation of Central MA to host a full day of programming that celebrates Hanukkah, including performances, activities and free admission. The month of December will feature special events and musical performances every weekend and more. Two new exhibitions will be on view this fall, with special tours and talks by the curators. To view all upcoming programs, events, and exhibitions visit worcesterart.org.

“We are thrilled to offer a wide variety of programs, tours and events this fall and winter at the Museum!” says Aileen Novick, Manager of Public and Education Programs. “There is something for everyone at the Museum and we are thrilled to be partnering with so many amazing community partners like the India Society of Worcester, the Worcester JCC, and the Jewish Federation of Central MA, to bring a variety of events, performances, and learning during this season.”

Free Admission Opportunities

Diwali Celebration

November 5, 10 am–3 pm

Free admission

Diwali is the celebration of light over darkness and of knowledge overcoming ignorance and is among the most popular of India’s national holidays, bringing families and communities of many different spiritual backgrounds together. Activities will include dance and musical performances, lamp lighting, Henna art by Meghna and Wahi, special docent-led tours, Indian cuisine, and more. This free event is held in partnership with the India Society of Worcester.

Hanukkah at WAM

December 3, 10 am–3 pm

Free admission

The Museum partners with the Worcester JCC and the Jewish Federation of Central MA to host this full day of programing and performances that celebrates Hanukkah with activities for all ages. Enjoy music, live cooking demonstrations, story times with PJ Library, LEGO art activities, and presentations on the history and traditions of this Jewish holiday. Free admission for both the Diwali Celebration and Hanukkah at WAM is supported by Sandy Hubbard and Thomas J. Logan, and Saint-Gobain.

Tours and Talks

Every Sunday at 1 pm the Museum offers Highlights tours. Led by docents, these tours offer visitors a trip through the galleries to discover highlights of the vast collection.

The Museum hosts talks throughout the year by artists and experts on a wide variety of subjects. This fall in conjunction with the new exhibition, Rembrandt: Etchings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the curator of the exhibition will come to the Worcester to discuss the renowned artist. Join Peter van der Coelen, Curator of Print and Drawings, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, for a talk on Rembrandt’s Etchings, Innovation, and Ambition.

In February, Dorian Bergen and Michele Wallace will give a talk offered in conjunction with the Museum’s ongoing exhibition Faith Ringgold: Freedom to Say What I Please. Dorian Bergen is the President of New York’s American Contemporary Art Galleries (ACA Galleries). Bergen first met Ringgold in the mid-1990s and has been advocating for the artist’s rightful place in the art world since. Join these two experts for this talk on Faith Ringgold’s Life and Art.

Concerts, Performances, and Family Fun

This fall and winter enjoy art making opportunities in the studios, performances and concerts  in the Renaissance Court, and more. These and many other opportunities will be a part of the upcoming season and available at the Museum. To learn more visit worcesterart.org.

Merrimack Valley Ringers

December 10, 2 pm
Free with admission

Get in the Christmas spirit with a spectacular chorus of bells, ringing out carols across the Renaissance Court.

Musical performance: Carlos Odria Duo

December 31, 2 pm
Free with admission

Carlos Odria (guitar) is joined by Hans Betancourth (saxophone/clarinet) for a rousing performance of Latin American folk music, Spanish flamenco, and jazz to welcome the New Year.

Ice Carving

January 7, 11:30 am

Watch an ice sculpture take shape, inspired by art now on view at the Museum. With Chip Koser, South Cape Ice Sculptures.


Faith Ringgold: Freedom to Say What I Please is a succinct survey of Ringgold’s art which centers around a cornerstone work from the Worcester Art Museum’s collection: Picasso’s Studio (1991). Acquired in the 1990s, it is a prime example of her “story quilts,” objects that combine painting, storytelling, and quilting. On view now.

Discover the life and self-taught skill of the Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), through his etchings. Rembrandt: Etchings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen featuring over 80 works, including 70 etchings by the artist, alongside works from those who inspired and were inspired by him. This exhibition comes to Worcester from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and is among the largest exhibitions of the artist’s etchings to ever be shown in the United States. Opening November 18.

About the Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum creates transformative programs and exhibitions, drawing on its exceptional collection of art. Dating from 3000 BCE to the present, these works provide the foundation for a focus on audience engagement, connecting visitors of all ages and abilities with inspiring art and demonstrating its enduring relevance to daily life. Creative initiatives— including pioneering collaborative programs with local schools, fresh approaches to exhibition design and in-gallery teaching, and a long history of studio class instruction—offer opportunities for diverse audiences to experience art and learn both from and with artists.

The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, MA, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit worcesterart.org.

For more information, please contact:

Madeline Feller
Worcester Art Museum

Kelly Aldenberg
Worcester Art Museum

Images: Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.