BOSTON (May 10, 2018)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will host its first-ever naturalization ceremony on Monday, May 14, when approximately 200 immigrants from 57 countries will be sworn in as U.S. citizens, surrounded by their family and friends against the backdrop of the Museum’s Art of the Americas Wing. Speakers and performers will include Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA; spoken-word artist, poet and singer U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo; and Upper Structure, an a cappella group from Berklee College of Music. 

Schedule of Events

Time Event
9:00 am Citizenship candidates and their guests begin arriving at the Huntington Avenue entrance
10:50 am Berklee College of Music a cappella group Upper Structure performs a patriotic song
11:00 am Naturalization ceremony begins, with opening remarks by Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director
11:10 am Judge Marianne B. Bowler officiates naturalization ceremony
11:35 am U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo recites a poem she composed
11:45 am Naturalization ceremony ends

About the Art of the Americas Wing

The MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing showcases more than 16,000 objects, including works by women artists, artists of color, self-taught or folk artists, Native American artists, and artists from Latin America. Brought together in one, four-level wing of the Museum, these diverse artistic visions inspire and enrich visitors’ understanding of the Americas.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, representing all cultures and time periods. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia; Art of Africa and Oceania; Art of the Ancient World; Prints and Drawings; Photography; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–10 pm. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25), while five Open Houses offer the opportunity to visit the Museum for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit mfa.org or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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