Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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

Members
Free
Nonmembers
Free

Join us at the MFA’s second-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. All of the evening’s special events, talks, and tours are in ASL led by Deaf tour guides, artists, and performers and are translated into spoken English.

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


All of the evening’s special events, talks, and tours are in ASL led by Deaf tour guides, artists, and performers and are translated into spoken English.

ASL with spoken English translation

Welcome

Remarks

6:30–6:45 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director
Heidi Reed, commissioner, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Katie McCarthy, coordinator, Outreach and Support Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital


Performance and Discussion

6:45–7 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Join local actor Elbert Joseph (EJ) for a short play inspired by a work of art from the MFA collection, followed by a conversation with EJ and playwright James Kennedy.

Special Events

Art Making: Collage

5–8 pm, Education Classroom in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160

Look closely at art in the Museum and be inspired to create your own collage. Have fun exploring materials and learning from artist-educators Mary Simmons and Takiyah Harris. Take your masterpiece home to show your family and friends. Open to all children, caregivers, and families.

Supported by Boston Children’s Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.


Steve the Magician

5–5:45 pm, 7:30–8:15 pm, Remis Auditorium

Enjoy an engaging show with Boston-area favorite Stephen Weiner as he performs magic tricks. Have fun and be dazzled by the unexplained! Suitable for all ages.

Free performance ticket required. Tickets available outside Remis Auditorium starting 60 minutes before showtimes.


Artist Showcase and Meet-Up

7–9:30 pm, Education Classroom in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

View works of art by local artists Cai Steele and Daniel Winship as they share their stories, answer questions, and speak about their inspirations. Socialize and meet members of the Deaf community—make new acquaintances or find an old friend. Food and drink available for purchase at Taste Café.

Tours and Talks

Spotlight Talks

5, 5:30, and 6 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join one of these 15-minute spotlight talks to learn about a featured work of art with guides Leon Jerfita, Patrick McCarthy, Daniel Peters, and Kerry Thompson.


Highlight Tour

7:30–8:15 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Explore key works of art from the Museum’s comprehensive collection on this one-hour tour. Led by Leon Jerfita, Patrick McCarthy, Daniel Peters, and Kerry Thompson.

Additional Resources and Activities

Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting

5:30–8:30 pm, Gallery 252

Handle painters’ tools and view detailed demonstration pieces to gain an understanding of the history and evolution of painting.

ASL interpretation
5:30-6:30 pm

Family Art Cart

5–8 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Discover the MFA with fun activities designed for children ages 4 and up to do with adults in the galleries. Choose from an array of educational activities, borrow a tote bag with sketchbook and colored pencils, or check out a story book from the Family Art Cart library to take with you on your Museum journey.


Information Tables

5–8 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Drop by to meet representatives from our partner organization, DEAF Inc., and learn about the resources and programs that they offer. Say hello to MFA staff and learn about work and volunteer opportunities at the Museum. Get to know the mobile MFA Guide.


Drawing in the Galleries

6–9 pm, Gallery 251

Get drawing tips and ideas from an artist as you sketch in the galleries.


Art Connections Activity Cards

Available in Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up an Art Connections Activity Card to explore powerful figures, bugs, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum. Recommended for all ages. Available in English and Spanish.


A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA

Available in Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up one of our free, pocket-sized informational guides on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, gallery games, and ideas for looking at and discussing art together. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.


Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)


An assistive listening device is available for gallery tours and talks from 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, box offices, and the information desk at Sharf Visitor Center.


MFA Guide

Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center

Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, including a Kids’ tour introducing young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collections.

Members $5; Nonmembers $6; Kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Audio Description
ASL Interpreted
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning

Additional Information

Accessibility

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

Tickets

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

ASL symbol

ASL with spoken English interpretation

Wheelchair accessible symbol

Wheelchair accessible

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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

Sponsors

MFA Investment Management logo

Sponsored by MFS Investment Management.

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.