Hidden Passions on Display at the MAG

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the Rochesteriat Many people have hidden passions. Maybe you work in an office for the "day job", but your passions lie in growing exotic plants. Maybe you teach in an elementary school, but spend your after school hours in a band or cooking extraordinary meals for your family. A lot of us have "hidden passions" or maybe passions that really aren't so hidden.

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The Memorial Art Gallery is putting people's hidden passions on display and celebrating the things in us that make us who we are with their new lecture series "Hidden Passions: Inspiring Conversations about Hyphenated Lives". We all have talents, dreams, and aspirations that are unique and often different than how we may spend our days. The season kicked off on March 12th with Catelyn Augustine of Eat Me Ice Cream and John Beck, Eastman School of Music emeritus professor of percussion.

Hidden Passions Talk

The Bausch & Lomb Parlor at the Memorial Art Gallery was filled to capacity with an overflow. Listening to how people have pursued their dreams often inspire others to do the same. Our city is full of creativity and this is a great forum to learn and be energized by others and to go out and do the same.

Hidden Passions

Even we, here at the Rochesteriat, once spent our spare after work hours planning the Rochesteriat (it was our "hidden" passion for quite some time before its debut). Though, if you spend more than a few minutes talking with us now you'll know our passion for Rochester is far but hidden.

Memorial Art Gallery was Packed

Season 1 continues on April 9th and May 21st, both at 7pm and FREE. Do you have a passion you can't keep hidden? Why not apply for Season 2 starting in the fall?

And for those of you who aren't aware Thursdays at MAG are GREAT as they are open until 9pm and admission to the museum is half price from 5 to 9 pm. You'll also find live music, tapas, beer and wine for purchase from Max at the Gallery from 5 to 8 pm.

So, what's your passion?

Hidden Passions at the Memorial Art Gallery: Website Thursday Night Tapas


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She and her husband hope their passion for Rochester is contagious! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.


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