MFA Boston and Citizens Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy with Annual Open House

Free admission for Massachusetts residents on January 16

BOSTON (January 9, 2023)—On Monday, January 16, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and Citizens invite the community to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a free open house for Massachusetts residents. Citizens has sponsored the annual celebration for 21 consecutive years—allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors to enjoy free performances, tours, art-making activities and more. The open house will run from 10 am to 5 pm, and free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"The annual MLK celebration at the MFA is always an inspiring day and Citizens is thrilled to continue this tradition," said Lisa Murray, President of Citizens Massachusetts. "This is an opportunity that brings folks from neighborhoods across the state together to share in a day filled with reflection, artistic empowerment and community service. I share a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: Our goal is to create a beloved community—and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as quantitative change in our lives. I look forward to seeing our community come together to honor Dr. King again this year."

Events and Activities

Drop-In Art Making: Monoprints

10 am–4 pm, Druker Studios, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art

Create one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the exhibition Frank Bowling’s Americas using a Gelli printing plate and ink.

Music from DJ WhySham

11 am–3:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy music from Dorchester native DJ WhySham, a visionary, activist, traveler, sister, godparent and Boston’s “community DJ.” She is a three-time nominee for DJ of the Year at the Boston Music Awards and was the only woman nominated for Producer of the Year at the the 2021 New England Music Awards. In 2021, she was named to WBUR’s Artery 25 list of artists of color transforming Greater Boston’s cultural landscape.

An Embrace Conversation: Legacy and Community in Public Art

Noon–1 pm, Remis Auditorium

Join artist Hank Willis Thomas and public art project manager Sam Giarratani as they discuss the making of The Embrace, Boston’s newest public art project celebrating the work and lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Free ticket required. Available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Remis Auditorium box office beginning 60 minutes before the program. Please note this event has limited availability.

Touching Roots

1–1:20 and 2:30–2:50 pm, Gallery 332

Enjoy a short talk and performance by artist Stephen Hamilton and poet Amanda Shea in the exhibition Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas.

Interactive Painting with Artists For Humanity

1–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Join teens from Artists For Humanity (AFH) by adding your creative touch to a painting celebrating themes of social justice, equality, and unity. AFH is a local organization working to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

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About the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA brings many worlds together through art. Showcasing masterpieces from ancient to modern, our renowned collection of nearly 500,000 works tells a multifaceted story of the human experience—a story that holds unique meaning for everyone. From Boston locals to international travelers, visitors from across the globe come to experience the MFA. Through both art and audience, the Museum brings together diverse perspectives—revealing connections, exploring differences, creating a community where all belong. Plan your visit at


Sarah Drumm