Wednesday, June 19, 2019
5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Free admission begins at 4 pm. All Juneteenth events are free.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. Come together to recognize creativity, community, and freedom at our 7th annual event. Presented in partnership with The Urban Labs.

Bring your voice to The City Talks, a panel discussion tackling how cultural institutions should acknowledge Black histories; go on a tour highlighting artists of the African diaspora; join local artists and musicians for demonstrations; and catch a screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a film featuring the first biracial depiction of Spider-Man.

Shuttle to the National Center of Afro-American Artists

Starting at 4 pm, a shuttle will leave the MFA for the NCAAA Juneteenth event every hour on the hour, and leave the NCAAA on the half hour, offering visitors the chance to enjoy Juneteenth programs at both institutions. Last shuttle leaves the NCAAA at 7:30 pm to return to the MFA.

Special Events


Shapiro Family Courtyard
6:30 pm | Spirituals led by Valerie Stephens
6:35 pm | Welcome remarks from Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Malia Lazu, strategic director, The Urban Labs; and Lisa Simmons, executive director, Roxbury International Film Festival
6:40 pm | Commemorative Juneteenth remarks by Robert Lewis Jr.
6:50 pm | Performance by Abilities Dance

ASL Interpreted

The City Talks: Sharing Black Histories

7–8 pm, Remis Auditorium

How should cultural institutions acknowledge Black histories? Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, and artists for a discussion tackling this question and commemorating Juneteenth.

This program is being filmed and livestreamed by WGBH's Forum Network.

ASL Interpreted
Open Captioning

Spotlight Talks

5, 5:30, and 6 pm, Gallery 171

Enjoy 10-minute discussions in the African galleries with Kathryn Gunsch, Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art.

Pop-Up Tours: Artists of the African Diaspora

5:30–9 pm, Levels 2 and 3, Art of the Americas Wing

Join ongoing tours at any time highlighting art by artists of color whose work is on view in the Museum.

Assistive Listening System

American Sign Language Tour: Artists of the African Diaspora

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

Learn about highlights from the MFA’s collection of art of the African Diaspora. Tour is 60 minutes.

ASL only; no spoken English

Drawing in the Galleries

6–9 pm, Gallery 207

Drop in and sketch from a live model while learning drawing tips and techniques.

Crossing the Line to Freedom

6–6:15, 7–7:15, and 7:45–8 pm, Gallery 168

Join Castle of our Skins and Boston Lyric Opera as they perform art songs, opera arias, spirituals, and poetry, highlighting the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, and Marian Anderson.


Dance Lesson with Melisa Valdez

7 and 8:30 pm, Calderwood Courtyard

Drop in for a group dance lesson, featuring steps of the African diaspora, with Melisa Valdez, professional dancer, dance coach, and head instructor at TRILLFIT®.

ASL Interpretation
8:30 pm

Boston Latin School Step Squad

7:45 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy the precision, style, and rhythm of the BLS Step Squad.

Abilities Dance

8–8:15 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Watch Scynthia Charles and Ellice Patterson as they perform new work with original jazz and gospel-inspired music by Andrew Choe. Abilities Dance promotes dance for individuals with and without disabilities.


Sunset Cinema: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Huntington Avenue Lawn
7–8:30 pm | Lawn games and art making
8:30 pm | Film screening

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman (USA, 2018, 117 min.). Presented in partnership with and in celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Roxbury International Film Festival, the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color, giving voice to diverse cultures both local and worldwide. Beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase. Seating is limited; arrive early to guarantee your spot.

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.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Free admission begins at 4 pm. All Juneteenth events are free.