February School Vacation Week: Celebrate Black History Month

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 10 am-4 pm

All programs are included with admission

Join us for a weeklong celebration of Black History Month and the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle through family-friendly art making, music and storytelling.

February School Vacation Week events continue on Monday, February 17, Tuesday, February 18, Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21. See our full February School Vacation Week schedule.


PEM Pals: Black is a Rainbow Color

10:30–11:30am | Main Atrium

Angela Joy’s Black is a Rainbow Color is a rhythmic celebration of black culture and black history, accompanied by colorful illustrations by Ekua Holmes, an award-winning artist from Roxbury. Designed for toddlers and their caregivers, PEM Pals is a story-time program that includes movement, singing and art making.


Castle of our Skins: A Little History

1–2 pm | Main Atrium

Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating black artistry, history and heritage through music. In this workshop, artistic director and violist Ashleigh Gordon weaves music, poetry, storytelling and audience interaction into a fun-filled exploration of both unsung and celebrated figures of the past and present.


Wee Wear the Crowns: Celebrate Black Identity and Creativity

2–3pm | Create Space

Join Boston-based social justice project Wee The People for a two-part workshop celebrating black identity, creativity and cultural expression. Explore the lives and contemporary art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Nina Chanel Abney, two artists whose revolutionary work champions black lives, celebrates resistance and radicalizes mainstream art spaces. Then dive into their own art-making activity with Identity Collages, creating collages that reflect and celebrate black culture, circles of community and kids’ hopes for change in the world.


Publish Your Voice with 826 Boston

11 am–3pm | Create Space

826 Boston is building communities of young writers by empowering students to share their stories through bookmaking and literacy workshops. In collaboration with middle school students from Roxbury, write your own ending to a story inspired by Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. Illustrate and bind your book in this workshop then take a copy home with you!