The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and ten after-school community organizations in the Boston area. The artist and the children create a collaborative work of art inspired by the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. The completed project is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA.

Current Project

Experiments in Animation

Throughout the school year children from eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area have been exploring the MFA with artist/animator Jake Fried and experimenting with the art of animation. Inspired by the Museum’s vast collections, the students have been collaborating on multiple stopmotion films reflecting on their communities and creating imaginary worlds. Each film demonstrates a different animation technique that they have been learning and experimenting with in order to bring their art to life.

“Experiments in Animation” exhibition page

Past Project

Characters in the Collection

Under the guidance of artist Andrew Oesch students from eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area explored museum objects and imagined paths from these works of the past to their own contemporary comics and sequential art pieces. Through a series of drawing and writing exercises, they also discussed what life could be like living with these artifacts.

“Characters in the Collection” exhibition page

“The unique collaboration is an experience made up of imagination, play, investigation, and creativity. The children ask big questions like “How do you know art is beautiful?” “How did this stuff get here?” Their questions and curiosity led to lively conversations and exciting visual responses. Exploring art with the children was a great opportunity to discover art making in a new way and from some wonderful new perspectives.”
-Evelyn Rydz

“ ‘And their Families’ was my first museum exhibition and it was an amazing learning experience. Working with curators and the design department I walked away with firsthand knowledge on what it takes to put together a Museum-worthy exhibition. Seeing the project fulfilled and over 100 boys and girls proudly viewing their artworks was an experience I will never forget.”

-Raul Gonzalez


The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.