The Worcester Art Museum Celebrates the Return of Spring and the 125th Anniversary of the Museum

Full day of activities takes place on Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 4pm

WORCESTER—April 27, 2022— The Worcester Art Museum will Celebrate Spring and the Museum’s 125th anniversary with a full day of free admission and programming on Sunday May 7 from 10am to 4pm. There will be activities throughout the day for all ages, as we welcome another spring into the Museum through performances, art making, face painting, and much more.

Performances and demonstrations will include the traditional Lion Dance, a Chinese-Vietnamese dance that dates back over 1,000 years and will be performed by the Southeast Asia Coalition’s Worcester Youth Nian Dancers. In addition, A Silent Soapbox will present a living sculpture within the galleries, and students and faculty from the College of the Holy Cross, under the direction of Matthew Jaskot will offer diverse musical pieces performed in the Renaissance court.

“This year we are excited to be hosting performances and demonstrations that are free to the community and to be celebrating the Museum’s 125th anniversary.” says Aileen Novick, manager of Education and Public Programs at the Worcester Art Museum.

Programming and Performances

All programs and activities are FREE and will be held at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, MA. Museum parking is free but limited. For directions and a map of additional parking around the Museum, visit: http://www.worcesterart.org/visit/

Living Sculptures performed by A Silent Soapbox
12 – 3pm
Museum Galleries
Watch as art comes to life and meet a moving statue in the Museum galleries.

Holy Cross Spring Concert
1pm
Renaissance Court
Students and faculty from Holy Cross perform their annual spring concert, a wide-ranging program of musical pieces developed in a performance seminar taught by Professor Matthew Jaskot.

Secrets of Swordplay
2pm
Education Wing: Conference room
Spring into action and get a close-up look at the art of swordplay. Hold a broadsword or rapier and get a feel for what these elegant weapons were really like.

Lion Dance
3pm
Renaissance Court
Colors swirl and drums pound in an exuberant finale to the day, with spectacularly costumed dancers and an energetic band of musicians.

Ongoing Activities

Museum Architecture Tour
12pm & 2pm
Meet in Lancaster Street Lobby
Explore the architectural history of the Museum and its fascinating evolution over 125 years.

Art of Spring Tour
1pm
Meet in Lancaster Street Lobby
Experience the colors of spring and celebrate the season through highlights from the Museum’s collection.

Grub Guru Food Truck
11:30am – 2:30pm
Lancaster Street
Step outside and enjoy the delicious food from Grub Guru, available for purchase.

Face Painting
11:30am – 2:30pm
Lancaster Lobby
Choose a fun look for the day and make yourself a work of art with face painting in Lancaster Lobby.

Spring Storytime
12pm & 2pm
Family Nook in Higgins Education Wing
Become inspired at story time with Katie and the Impressionists by James Mayhew at 12 pm, followed by a special, family-friendly tour of Frontiers of Impressionism. Then enjoy a reading of Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins, Gail Herbert, and Lil Crump at 2 pm.

Studio Art Activities
11am – 3pm
Studios 101 & 102
Bring spring to life as you create dancing birds, chomping caterpillars, and beautiful butterflies!

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
MadelineFeller@worcesterart.org
508.793.4373