Join us on site at the MFA for a day of activities and programs to celebrate Juneteenth and honor the contributions of Black artists, scholars, and creative voices to the City of Boston. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US.
Throughout the day, make art inspired by “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” see a concert curated by BAMS Fest, and catch a screening of Summer of Soul, a documentary from legendary musician Questlove featuring unearthed footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.
All events and activities are free and take place in person on the MFA’s outdoor campus.
Admission into the MFA is free on Saturday, June 19, in honor of Juneteenth. Reserve free timed-entry tickets for general admission and special exhibitions today.
Shuttle to Other Juneteenth Events around Boston
Looking for more ways to commemorate Juneteenth around Boston? We’re providing transportation between the MFA, the National Center for Afro-American Artists, and Blair lot in Nubian Square, where you can enjoy free activities, performances, music, and more as part of the premiere of Ifé Franklin’s film The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae.
10 am–2 pm, Huntington Avenue Lawn
Inspired by the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his peers from the 1980s post-graffiti movement, on view in “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” create your own wearable crown or headpiece using wire, beads, and other embellishments.
10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance
Enjoy 10-minute discussions about the monumental banners hanging on the Museum’s Huntington Avenue facade, commissions by MFA artist-in-residence Rob Stull that pay tribute to Basquiat and his contemporaries from the hip-hop generation.
Concert Stage curated by BAMS Fest
2–6 pm, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art exterior
Enjoy music from the Confirmation Band, Aleecya Foreman, Kasia Lavon, and SeeFour in a concert hosted by D.Ruff and curated by BAMS Fest, an organization breaking down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture throughout Greater Boston.
Sunset Cinema: Summer of Soul
8–10 pm, Huntington Avenue Lawn
Summer of Soul, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (USA, 2021, 117 min.). Presented in partnership with the Roxbury International Film Festival, the largest festival in New England dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color. Free snacks provided by Chase. Space is limited; arrive early to guarantee your spot.