Tune in to Art

Monday–Friday, February 15–19, 2016
10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)

Whistle while you work and discover some of the many creative ways artists have been inspired by music in their artwork. Enjoy free drop-in activities all week, including storytelling, musical performances, family tours, and art activities.

All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week. (Kids 6 and under always get FREE admission to the MFA, and kids 7 to 17 are free during non-school hours. See Visiting with Kids for more information.)

Special Events

Story Hour | 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Gallery 171
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 1:30 pm Sign Language Interpretation
Drop in to enjoy stories about visual art and music. Stay for one story or for the whole hour. Great for toddlers.

Family Art Walk | Every fifteen minutes from 10:15 am–Noon
Sharf Visitor Center
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 10:15 am Sign Language Interpretation
Explore musical art on these 30-minute guided tours. Fun for all ages.

Musical Performances

Alfond Auditorium
Admission is free.

Wiggle, shake, and sing along to these unique world music performances. Performances last 30 minutes.

Monday, February 15–Traditional Greek Music | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Enjoy the beautiful sounds of traditional Greek music with Beth Bahia Cohen on violin and lyras and Vasilis Kostas playing the laouto, percussion, and providing vocals.

Tuesday, February 16–Latin American Folk Music | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Delight in the rhythms of Latin American instruments. Héctor Martínez Morales introduces you to the charango, a small Andean stringed instrument in the lute family.

Wednesday, February 17–African Mbira Music | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
ASL Interpretation Wed at 11:30 Sign Language Interpretation
Discover music that brings to life the culture, folklore, and wisdom of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Solomon Murungu performs on the mbira, a wooden instrument with staggered metal keys.

Thursday, February 18–Eastern Woodlands Native American Flutes | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Enjoy the sounds of traditional Native American flutes with Hawk Henries, a member of the Nipmuck, a people indigenous to southern New England. For more than 25 years, Henries has composed original music and made exquisite flutes using only hand tools and fire.

Friday, February 19–South Indian Traditional Music | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Experience the unique sounds of the veena, India’s national instrument, with Durga Krishanan. The veena is the oldest of all Indian instruments.

Art-making Activities

10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)

Dancing Designs
Gallery 221
Take a look at Edwin Austin Abbey’s painting A Pavane, above the fireplace in Gallery 221. It shows a formal court dance. Look closely at the dancer’s elaborate costumes. It seems like you can almost hear the music they are dancing to. Design your own unique dance costume with colored pencils.

Rattle and Shake
Rattle and shake your way downstairs to LG33 and look at the vessel rattles and flutes in the musical instruments case. Craft your own rattle out of natural materials.

Rhythm and Form
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Study Cyril E. Power’s color linocut The Tube Staircase in Gallery 144. It looks like keys on a piano. Rhythmic designs are created any time a line repeats and forms a pattern. Walk over to the Shapiro Courtyard to create your own rhythmic black-and-white collage.

It’s Instrumental!
Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Take a look at the painting Degas’s Father Listening to Lorenzo Pagans Playing the Guitar by Edgar Degas in Gallery 255. Then make your way to the art studio to create a sculptural cardboard musical instrument.

Additional Resources

Art Connections Cards | Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections Card and explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum.
Made possible by Arthur R. Hilsinger and Barbara J. Janson.

MFA Guide: Kids’ Tour | Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center
The MFA Guide kids’ mobile tour introduces young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas and Contemporary collections. The galleries are brought to life with the help of three quirky characters: Lucia, a high school reporter; Steve, an adventurous 10-year-old; and Malone, an art detective. Together they help kids look at art in new, creative ways.
Available at all ticket desks. $5 member; $6 nonmember; $4 kids 17 and under. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA | Sharf Visitor Center
Available in English and Spanish. Pick up this free pocket-sized informational guide on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, gallery games, and ideas for looking at and discussing art together.

Behind the Scenes Galleries | Galleries 125 and 225, Art of the Americas Wing
Peek behind the scenes to learn about all the hidden work that happens every day at the MFA. Watch a video, explore the interactive kiosks, or just relax and enjoy views of Boston.

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Access, call 617-267-9300 or TTY 617-369-3188, or e-mail Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System    Assisted listening device
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Audio Description    Audio description

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