Monday, January 20, 2020
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Free admission. 
All events are free.

Add to Calendar 2020-01-20 10:00:00 2020-01-20 17:00:00 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 01/20/2020 10 am Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Free admission for all!

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day community celebration for 18 consecutive years—allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors into our galleries to enjoy free performances, tours, talks, art-making activities, and more.

Special Events


Noon, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Join Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; along with Boston City Council President Kim Janey; Jerry Sargent, president, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts; and Marie St. Fleur, executive director, King Boston, as they offer commemorative remarks and announce the winners of a citywide student essay contest.

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DJ Dayglow

10 am–5 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Record collector, music researcher, and MFA community arts liaison DJ Dayglow spins feel-good soul, funk, Motown, and disco.

Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight

10 am–5 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Students from the Museum’s ten Community Arts Initiative partners commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through works of art made for today’s community celebration.


10 am–5 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Learn about youth empowerment organization The BASE, and hear from student athletes about what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has meant to them.

The Power of Your Voice

11 am–2 pm, Gallery 168 and 268

MFA Teen Arts Council invites you use your words and images to explore themes of unity, power, leadership, and justice. Participate in an interactive art installation, respond to creative writing prompts, and share your poetry and short stories from 1 to 2 pm at the open mic.

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Becoming a Man

11:30 am–12:15 pm and 2:30–3:15 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

Becoming a Man (BAM), Boston, highlights the work of BAM scholars who participated as part of the curatorial team for “Black Histories, Black Futures.” Through spoken word and speech recitation, BAM scholars and staff honor the participation of their students as well as the artists featured in the show.

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2:30–3:15 pm

Black Histories, Black Futures

1–1:30 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

The teen curators of “Black Histories, Black Futures” discuss their curatorial process and how their exhibition carves out a space for the celebration of Black histories, experiences, and self-representations.

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Art-Making Activities

Colorful Unity

10 am–4 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

In Gallery 263, take a look at Balance, a painting by African American artist, Sam Gilliam. Notice how the different colors merge and create a sense of unity. In celebration of the unity Dr. King dreamed of, create your own painting.

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11:30 am–12:30 pm

Family and Friends

10 am–4 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160

In Gallery 326, take a look at sculptures by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, who is known for her depictions of African American experiences. She often used family and friends as models. Then create a clay portrait of a family member or friend you’re with today.

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11:30 am–12:30 pm


Story Hour

11 am–Noon, Gallery 171

Enjoy stories about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., community, and collaboration. Stay for one story or the whole hour; great for toddlers.

The Wondertwins present That’s Entertainment

11–11:45 am and 2–2:45 pm, Remis Auditorium

A multicultural and multigenerational performance with an eclectic soundtrack—from showtunes to golden-era hip-hop—combines dance, theater, mime, cabaret, and more, offering a kaleidoscopic view of African American entertainment traditions.

Free performance ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting 60 minutes before show times.

Abilities Dance Boston

2–2:30 and 3–3:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Performances of repertory excerpts, including two pieces inspired by “Ancient Nubia Now” and “Women Take the Floor.”

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Tours, Talks, and Walks

Pop-Up Tours

10:30 am–4:30 pm, Levels 2 and 3, Art of the Americas Wing; Level 2, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art

Join ongoing tours at any time highlighting art by artists of color.

Spotlight Talks

10:30 am–4:30 pm, Galleries 126 and 142

Enjoy ongoing discussions exploring artists of color and works they created.

Highlights Tours

10:30 am and 3:15 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a free one-hour tour exploring the MFA’s collections.

Interactive All-Ages Tour in ASL

10:30 am, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join Leon Jerfita and experience art in a new way with friends and family.

ASL only
No spoken English translation

Feeling for Form Tours

10:30 am and 1 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a touch tour of select works or a descriptive and multisensory tour of works by African American artists.

Blind or Low Vision Access

Family Art Walk

10:30 am, 12:30, and 1:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Explore the Museum on this 30-minute kid-friendly tour.

ASL Tour: A Century of African American Art with Takiyah Harris

1:30–2:15 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Learn about the MFA’s comprehensive collection of art by African American artists. This 45-minute tour will be led by artist Takiyah Harris.

ASL only
No spoken English translation

Tour en Español

2:30 y 3:30 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Conozca la amplia colección de arte del MFA realizada por artistas de color, con un enfoque particular en obras de arte de las galerías Contemporáneas. Las visitas tienen un duración de 45 minutos.

Assistive Listening System
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Wheelchair accessible


In partnership with Citizens Bank