In conjunction with HUBweek 2017—a weeklong city-wide festival bringing together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science, and technology—the MFA is proud to host a collection of Spoke Events on Wednesday evening, October 11. Our events are designed to showcase how we are building for the future, in the space where that work is happening.

Events include performance art and dance, and two City Talks—one bringing Museum educators, curators, scientists, engineers, designers, and IT experts for a behind-the-scenes look at our Teen STEAM program to discuss the benefits of creating STEAM-based education opportunities at cultural organizations like the MFA. Another, with Boston doctors, health care professionals, and art educators, explores how art museums can influence medical professionals and ultimately have an impact on patient care. Spotlight Talks offer visitors a peek into the complex science and artistry behind conservation work while examining the enormous (12-foot-high) 16th-century portrait of the mythical demon queller Marshall Xin.

Spoke Events

The City Talks: STEAM
6–7 pm, Gallery 168

How can cultural institutions use a STEAM curriculum to prepare youth for the workforce? Join MFA staff—educators, curators, scientists, engineers, designers, IT experts, and recent STEAM Team fellow Dounia El Bidaoui—for a behind-the-scenes look at our Teen STEAM program and to discuss the benefits of creating STEAM-based education opportunities at cultural organizations.

Spotlight Talks: Demon Quellers Meet High Tech
6, 6:30, and 7:15 pm, Gallery 178

During these 15-minute talks, get a peek inside the MFA’s Conservation in Action program with Feier Ying, research associate for Chinese art. View Marshal Xin of Thunder, a 12-foot-high, 16th-century work that has never been on display before. Join Ying to learn about the subject of this painting and its cultural background while examining the enormous, visually powerful portrait of this mythical demon queller.

The City Talks: Art and Medicine
7:30–8:30 pm, Gallery 168

How do art and creativity contribute to our overall well-being? Join Boston doctors, health-care professionals, and art educators to hear about the intersections between art and medicine for improving care and patient well-being.

Dance: Shapeshift
7 pm, Galleries 261, 262, 263

How do we surround a dance with space, allowing it to flower in our presence? Dancers from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee improvise to live music and draw inspiration from new works in “Seeking Stillness.” When improvising in performance, dancers investigate thoughts, ideas, feelings, and their capacity for movement invention, contributing to the evolving performance. Directed by Olivier Besson, associate professor, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, with music created by Nate Tucker.

More To See and Do

Drawing in the Galleries
6–9 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Drop in and sketch from a live model in the galleries. Sketching materials, tips, and techniques are provided and all drawing abilities are welcome!

Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting
5:30–8:30 pm, Gallery 255

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

MFA Guide
Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center.

Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s collections, including a Kids’ tour introducing young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collection. A selection of highlights is narrated in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ASL. Many stops are accessible to visitors who are Deaf or blind.

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


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.

Come Back for More

October 25, 2017, 5–10 pm

Guided Gallery Tours
Available monthly in French, American Sign Language, and Spanish. Free with Museum admission.

Every Wednesday
Free admission for all starting at 4 pm (voluntary contributions welcome).

Spend time in the galleries and enjoy a variety of free drop-in programs starting at 6 pm.