Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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


Join us at the MFA’s third annual ASL Night, a celebration of Deaf culture welcoming members of the Deaf community and friends! The 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.

Presented in partnership with DEAF, Inc, Boston Children’s Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, and Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (MSAD).

All of the evening’s special events, talks, and tours are in ASL led by Deaf tour guides, artists, and performers and will be voice interpreted.

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Welcome Video

Performance and Welcome


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.

Audio Description
ASL with voice interpreter
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning

Additional Information

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

Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.

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ASL with voice interpreter

Wheelchair accessible symbol

Wheelchair accessible


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Presented in partnership with DEAF, Inc., and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Access initiatives at the MFA are supported by the Bank of America Access Program.

With additional support from the Maida S. Abrams Fund for Increasing Access and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities.