Worcester Art Museum’s Diwali Fall Community Day – 11/5! Free!

Light triumphs over darkness and knowledge over ignorance at this year’s Fall Community Day.

Diwali: the Festival of Lights returns to the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) with a full day of performances and programs for all ages. This free community event, held in partnership with the India Society of Worcester, will be on Sunday November 5, from 10am to 4pm.

Diwali is the most popular of India’s national holidays, bringing families and communities of many different spiritual backgrounds together in a joyous celebration. Activities will include Diwali dance and music, lamp lighting, a Saree fashion show, a special docent led tour, and much more!

Community Day Programing 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: worcesterart.org


11am: Welcome from the India Society of Worcester

11am: Storytime for kids!

11:15 am: Diwali Lamp Lighting

11:20 am–1:15 pm: Dance, music, and cultural programming

1:15 pm: Dhol-Tasha performance outdoors in Salisbury St lot

2:30 pm: Storytime for kids!

1 pm: Tours

1:30 pm: Faith Ringgold: Freedom to Say What I Please

2:30 pm: Art of India


Food provided by Bawarchi Biryanis of Framingham
11:30 am–3 pm

Henna art by Meghna and Wahi
11 am–3 pm

Art by the India Society of Worcester
11 am–3 pm

Rangoli sand art activity
11 am–3 pm

Madhubani art coaster activity
11 am–3 pm

Chess and learning with the India Society of Worcester
11 am–3 pm

WAM Photo

WAM Photo

About the Indian Society of Worcester

The India Society of Worcester, affectionately known as the ISW, is one of New England’s most vibrant Indian associations. It is primarily a cultural, social, educational and charitable organization. Since its establishment in 1963, the ISW has become a conduit of Indian culture for young Indians born in the U.S.A., as well as the local communities in the region. It is an outlet where the young and the old are able to showcase their cultural talents. The ISW also collaborates with other Indian organizations in the region and acts as an advocate for many global and community causes. The multidimensional nature of the ISW has drawn local city and state authorities, as well as businesses to the society. Today, the ISW is one of the most renowned organizations representing the Indian Community.

About the Worcester Art Museum

Founded in 1896, the Worcester Art Museum’s encyclopedic 38,000-piece collection covers 51 centuries of art. Highlights include the Medieval Chapter House, Renaissance Court, and Worcester Hunt Mosaic, as well as the recently integrated John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection of arms and armor. The Museum is internationally known for its collection of European and American art. It was the first in America to acquire paintings by Monet and Gauguin and one of the first to collect photography. As the first U.S. museum to focus on collaborating with local schools, it has been at the forefront of engaging audiences and giving them a meaningful and personal experience for over a century.

The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, MA, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $14 for seniors 65+ and for college students with ID. Admission is free for Museum Members and children ages 0-17. On the first Sunday of each month, admission is free for everyone. Museum parking is free. For more information, visit worcesterart.org.

Featured Photo: Worcester Art Museum Diwali 2017

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