Curatorial Study Hall Pilot Program and Materials

Curatorial Study Hall comprises students from the Boston Public Schools who have little to no experience in museum settings. The program was first piloted in 2019 and resulted in the student-curated the exhibition “Black Histories, Black Futures.” Layla Bermeo, Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, supported the pilot year, inviting the students to join her project to reinstall the Museum's major visitor pathways with a stronger representation of artist diversity, and identifying and selecting art from the MFA’s collection that represents artists of color. The teens designed and wrote interpretive text as well as gave tours for the general public and media outlets. This program will continue to run with leadership from the MFA Teen Programs department and partners from curatorial departments.

The resources below were created by the Division of Learning and Community Engagement in partnership with Agncy Design, a Boston-based nonprofit whose mission is to use design to reduce structural inequity in America.

Curatorial Study Hall Curriculum for Students

Curatorial Field Guide ‘zine

Curatorial Study Hall Facilitator Agendas and Worksheets


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