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



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 or may call 617.442.8614 by June 8.


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.


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.