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Official Website:MLK Day Open House at Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
Venue:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
Location:465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA map
Phone:(617) 267-9300
Dates:Monday, January 21, 2019
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Arts & Culture

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Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy free admission all day long at the MFA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House.

There’s an array of vibrant, engaging, and collaborative programs scheduled throughout the day for all ages and abilities, presented in the spirit of Dr. King.

Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day Open House for 17 consecutive years—allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors into our galleries for free to enjoy performances, tours, talks, art making, and more!

Musical acts taking place throughout the day include a performance by Boston City Singers, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive music instruction to over 500 youth in the inner-city annually.

Concerts by Castle of Our Skins will celebrate creativity and culture through music in pieces featuring string quartets by celebrated African-American composers.

Additionally, youth string quartets from Project STEP (String Training Education Program) will perform classical compositions in the MFA’s Shapiro Family Courtyard. Project STEP’s mission addresses the imbalance of racial and ethnic minorities represented in classical music by providing musically talented children with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction through mentoring and performance opportunities.

An annual tradition, the Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight—on view in the Shapiro Family Courtyard—will present artworks created by students from the 10 community organizations that partner with the MFA, including five Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston located in Blue Hill, Charlestown, Chelsea, Roxbury and South Boston; Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester; West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton; United South End Settlement House (USES); Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC); and Vine Street Community Center.

Gallery tours throughout the Art of the Americas Wing will be led by Museum-trained guides and available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). Additionally, 15-minute Spotlight Talks will highlight John, 1st Baron Byron (2013) by Kehinde Wiley, Iago’s Mirror (2009) by Fred Wilson, a secretary desk (1841) by Thomas Day and a storage jar (1857) by Dave the Potter.

Throughout the day in an art-making activity, families can engage with the work of Allan Rohan Crite, one of the most influential African American artists of the 20th century. Visitors are invited to look closely at his painting Tire Jumping in Front of My Window (1936–47) and create their own drawing—at the MFA, everyone is an artist!

Also on view during the Open House are the exhibitions Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico and Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu, which feature interpretation in English and Spanish.

Additionally, visitors can see the exhibitions Ansel Adams in Our Time, Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork, Jack Bush: Radiant Abstraction, The Art of Influence: Propaganda Postcards from the Era of World Wars, Candice Breitz: Love Story, Exhibition Lab: Sargent and Fashion and Collecting Stories: Native American Art.

The 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is one of five free Open Houses held annually at the MFA, along with Lunar New Year (Saturday, February 9), Memorial Day Open House (Monday, May 27), Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday (summer date TBD) and Fall Open House (Monday, October 14).


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