Join us for a day of creativity and learning as we share the rich traditions and heritage of the communities that make up the cultural landscape of Long Island. Through our World Culture Series, we create a space for participants to engage with the Museum and its holdings; families explore the art and traditions surrounding cultural celebrations through various experiences, utilizing a wide range of content to engage learners of all ages. For each program, we seek to partner with local organizations and governmental departments to foster authentic connections and pave the way for collaborative programming centering our diverse constituents.
Lunar New Year
A family program offered in the month of February celebrating Lunar New Year, featuring musical performances, a brush painting and calligraphy demonstration by local artists, and artmaking activities. Past events have also included zodiac origami and raffles.
Nowruz (Persian New Year)
A family program offered in the month of March celebrating Persian New Year with family artmaking and musical performances. Between the artmaking and concert, families explore the museum using our interactive Family Guide. Past events have also included a Nowruz storytime and a haftsin (“seven-S”) table. This program is a collaboration between NCMA and the Iranian American Society of New York, Inc. Ferdowsi Farsi School (Long Island branch).
Arab American Heritage Month
A family program offered in the month of April celebrating Arab American Heritage Month. Participants explore the cultural contributions of Arab-Americans through family artmaking, music, food and a calligraphy demonstration by local artist Reem Hussein. Past programs have also included a display of material culture and artifacts from Arabic-speaking countries, showcasing the ingenuity and craftsmanship of these traditions.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
A family program offered in the month of November celebrating the Latinx traditions of Day of the Dead, which include artmaking for adults and children, musical and dance performances, food vendors, and a display of artwork by local visual artists exploring cultural themes. Past events also included a Spanish Language story time, facepainting, and a traditional ofrenda (offering table). This program is a collaboration between NCMA and the Office of Hispanic Affairs for Nassau County.
As we expand our World Culture Series, we hope to cultivate new partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and governmental departments. If you are interested in collaborating with NCMA on one of our existing programs or would like to propose an additional cultural celebration, please contact Einav Dembin, School and Family Program Educator: email@example.com