Come together to celebrate creativity, community, and freedom at the MFA’s fifth annual Juneteenth event.
The MFA’s celebration of Juneteenth is presented in partnership with Epicenter Community.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This commemoration dates back to June 19, 1865, when news of the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation’s declaration “that all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free” reached Galveston, Texas—nearly two-and-a-half years after Lincoln issued the proclamation. Today, this holiday is observed around the country with celebrations including parades, cook-outs, performances, community engagement, and more.
At the MFA, explore the galleries on a tour or talk exploring the Museum’s collection of art by African American artists, focusing on the exhibition featuring two prominent artists in “Wilson/Cortor”; join local visual artists, poets, and musicians for one-of-a-kind demonstrations and performances; and catch a screening from this year’s Roxbury International Film Festival—the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color.
Bring your voice to a City Talk entitled “Revolution”—a panel discussion with Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists—tackling the question, “What does Revolution mean to/within our communities of color?” And don’t miss the opportunity to watch playwright, director, and saxophonist Jeff Robinson perform his one-man play Live Bird about jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker.
Welcome and Commemorative Remarks
6:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Performance by U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo
6:50 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Dance: OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
7–7:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Live Painting and Music featuring Soraia Melicio, MFALME KENYATTA, and Ashley Tishana
7–9:30 pm, Calderwood Courtyard
Dance: Sinhá Capoeira
8–8:15 pm and 8:30–8:45 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Open Mic featuring Ashley-Rose Salomon, Anson Frazier aka Anson Raps, Oompa & Makeda
7:30–9:30 pm, Gallery 158
Theater: Live Bird
7:30–8:30 pm, Alfond Auditorium
Free ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Tickets available at Alfond Auditorium ticket desk starting 30 minutes before show times.
Drawing in the Galleries with guest artist Frandy Suero Garcia
6–9 pm, Gallery 268
Film: Paris Noir
5 pm, Remis Auditorium
Film: When Voices Rise
8 pm, Remis Auditorium
Free film ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Film tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting 30 minutes before show times.
Tours and Talks
The City Talks: Revolution
7–8:30 pm, Gallery 168
Spotlight Talks: “I must tell you what I saw”
5, 5:30, and 6 pm, Gallery 260
Highlight Tours: African American Artists
5:45, 7:15, and 8 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. All Museum entrances are wheelchair accessible. For information, visit Access, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY).
Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.
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All programs are wheelchair accessible.