All NCAAA programs are partially supported by the Josephine and Louise Crane Family Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

June

Yard Party
Saturday, June 15 from 11am to 2pm

Let’s prepare for summer! Come help us make our community beautiful by cleaning and planting the museum grounds. Enjoy music and food while having fun with friends, neighbors and family. Get a free tour of the museum and meet King Aspelta inside.

RSVP by calling 617.442.8614, sending an email to cmurray@mfa.org or just show up and stay as long as you can.

Dress comfortably. We’ll provide all the tools and gloves you’ll need. And you will leave with a souvenir T-shirt for your participation. We need your help, so come on!

9th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance co-presented with the Boston Juneteenth Committee
Wednesday, June 19 @ 4pm

Using a convocation format, our observance features African libations and drumming, music and spoken word performances, presentation of the Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Awards and a short address on the theme Preparation for Reparations: In Reverence of Our Ancestors. Our distinguished speaker will be former Massachusetts Senator William (Bill) Owens.

Simultaneous with the program above, family activities for youngsters as well as rich offerings from local vendors are available.

 

Young Voices on Freedom co-presented with the Boston Juneteenth Committee
Wednesday, June 19 @ 7pm

This Juneteenth evening program features young artists and activists expressing their views on issues of social, political and artistic importance. Artists wishing to participate in the program may apply at cmurray@mfa.org or may call 617.442.8614 by June 8.

July

6th Annual Putting Your Touch on Greatness – A Community Ritual
Saturday, July 13, 11am to 2pm

Honor this uniquely beautiful artwork right here in your community. Join us and help wash and polish Eternal Presence, John Wilson’s monumental head on the museum grounds. Learn more about the making of the monumental head, and about Wilson who grew up in Roxbury. Meet his family. Come dressed comfortably, and we’ll provide gloves, as well as music and light food. Leave with a souvenir of your participation.

August

FREE FUN FRIDAY supported by the Highland Street Foundation
Friday, August 9, 10am to 4pm

We’re pleased to join museums across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in offering a day of free tours, workshops and public programs to everyone who comes. Highlights of the day include meeting King Aspelta and making Nubian-inspired jewelry that participants take with them. Come enjoy this adventure in discovering the visual arts heritage of the global black world.