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Venue:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
Dates:Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hours:5 pm – 10 pm
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Arts & Culture
asl night at the mfa photoThe evening highlights and features the art, language, and culture of the community. Coinciding with Deaf Awareness Month, the program includes American Sign Language tours and spotlight talks, performances, art-making activities, and more.


Performance and Welcome
- Performance
6:15 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard DEAFinitely Dance performs combinations merging ASL, hip-hop, b-boy, and breakdancing.

- Welcome Remarks
6:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Stephanie Hakulin, president, MSAD; and Colleen Richards Powell, vice president and director of Corporate Citizenship and Diversity, MFS Investment Management

- ASL Night Program
6:45 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard Presenting partners Robbie Martin of DEAF Inc.

and Katie McCarthy of Boston Children’s Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program describe the evening’s activities.

- Information Tables
5–8 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard Learn about resources and programs at DEAF Inc., SignSchool, DEAFinitely Dance, MSAD, and the MFA.

- Topic Tours
5:30–6:15 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Art and Deaf History with Sabrina Dennison Hands in Art with Patrick McCarthy Magic and Art with Steve Weiner

- Highlight Tours
8:15–9 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Each tour visits at least two major collections.

Led by guides Sabrina Dennison, Leon Jerfita, Patrick McCarthy, Dan Peters, and Steve Weiner.

Special Events
- Art Making: Mirror Mosaics
5–8 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
In Gallery 175, look at Pentagon by Monir Farmanfarmaian.

Then head to Room 160 to make your own 3-D geometric mirror mosaic with artist and educator Miia Zellner.

For all ages.
Supported by Boston Children’s Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.

- Artist Showcase
6–9:30 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Drop in to view works of art by local artist Takiyah Harris.

From 8:15 pm on, the artist shares her stories, answers questions, and demonstrates how she creates her art.

- The City Signs: Expression, Art, and Deaf Culture
7–8 pm, Remis Auditorium
Join Boston-area thinkers, activists, artists, and educators for a discussion and Q and A inspired by the MFA’s annual celebration of Deaf culture.

Moderated by Stephanie Clark.

Panelists include Shana Gibbs, Takiyah Harris, and Elbert Joseph.
Panel is ASL and will be voice interpreted.

This event has CART.
Free ticket required.

Tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting 60 minutes before show times.

Additional Resources and Activities
- Artist Toolbox Cart: Marble Sculpture
6:30–8:30 pm, Gallery 233
Discover techniques and handle the tools artists use; view demonstration pieces in the galleries and talk with knowledgeable staff.

- Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)
An assistive listening system is available for gallery tours and talks from the Sharf Visitor Center.

Headsets and neckloops are available.

For visitors with hearing aids with a T-coil switch, there are induction loops at all entrances, the Box Office, and the Information desk at the Sharf Visitor Center.

- Mobile MFA Guide
The mobile MFA Guide is a touch screen device available free for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors.

It provides a self-guided approach to touring the galleries and includes ASL videos, text transcripts, and captioned videos.

Neckloops and headsets both available.

MFA Guides are available at any ticket desk and Sharf Visitor Center.
The Mobile MFA Guide is free to visitors who are blind, low vision, Deaf or hard of hearing.

Nonmembers $6; Members $5; kids 17 and under $4.

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Free admission begins at 4 pm; all ASL Night events are free.




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Phone: (617) 267-9300


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