Events \\ Special Event

February School Vacation Week: Celebrate Black History Month

Monday, February 17, 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.


DROP-IN FAMILY STORY TIME

Holiday Monday PEM Pals: Parker Looks Up

10:30–11:30 am | Main Atrium

Four-year-old Parker Curry was transformed by her encounter with Amy Sherald’s portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery. This extraordinary museum moment has been captured in a delightful book written by Parker and her mom, Jessica Curry, with illustrations by Brittany Jackson. Designed for toddlers and their caregivers, PEM Pals is a story-time program that includes movement, singing and art making.


DROP-IN ART MAKING

Story Trails: Jake Makes a World

1–2 pm | Main Atrium

Jake just moved to New York City, where he’s greeted by new people, new sights and new sounds in his new neighborhood of Harlem. To make sense of it all, he turns to art. Inspired by the childhood of artist Jacob Lawrence, Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem will help you find inspiration in everyday things. After a reading of the story, create a paper collage portrait mask just like young Jake does in the book.



Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10 am-4 pm


DROP-IN ART MAKING

Story Trails: Jake Makes a World

11 am–noon | Main Atrium

Jake just moved to New York City, where he’s greeted by new people, new sights and new sounds in his new neighborhood of Harlem. To make sense of it all, he turns to art. Inspired by the childhood of artist Jacob Lawrence, Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem will help you find inspiration in everyday things. After a reading of the story, create a paper collage portrait mask just like young Jake does in the book.


GALLERY POP-UP

Freestyle Cipher with Wreck Shop, featuring Big Brotha Sadi

1–2:30 pm | Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

Make your voice heard with local artist collective Wreck Shop Movement. Wreck Shop aims to empower people by creating community through hip hop and spoken word. Witness the performance of local artist Big Brotha Sadi. Then move into the exhibition to experience a freestyle “cipher,” a performance circle of improvised rhyming, responding to stories of struggle in the work of Jacob Lawrence. Let the power of words inspire you to stand with the artists and participate in the cipher!



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


DROP-IN FAMILY STORY TIME

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.


DROP-IN WORKSHOP

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.


DROP-IN WORKSHOP

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.


DROP-IN BOOKMAKING

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!



Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 10 am-4 pm


DROP-IN BOOKMAKING

Publish Your Voice with 826 Boston

11 am–3 pm | 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!


DROP-IN ART MAKING

Story Trails: Jake Makes a World

11 am–noon | Main Atrium

Jake just moved to New York City, where he’s greeted by new people, new sights and new sounds in his new neighborhood of Harlem. To make sense of it all, he turns to art. Inspired by the childhood of artist Jacob Lawrence, Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem will help you find inspiration in everyday things. After a reading of the story, create a paper collage portrait mask just like young Jake does in the book.


GALLERY POP-UP

Freestyle Ciphers with Wreck Shop, featuring Shalom The Poet

1–2:30 pm | Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

Make your voice heard with local artist collective Wreck Shop Movement. Wreck Shop aims to empower people by creating community through hip hop and spoken word. Witness the performance of local artist Shalom The Poet. Then move into the exhibition to experience a freestyle “cipher,” a performance circle of improvised rhyming, responding to stories of struggle in the work of Jacob Lawrence. Let the power of words inspire you to stand with the artists and participate in the cipher!



Friday, February 21, 2020 from 10 am-4 pm


DROP-IN BOOKMAKING

Publish Your Voice with 826 Boston

11 am–3 pm | 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!


DROP-IN WORKSHOP

Castle of our Skins: A Little History

1–2pm | 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.


Syncopated Ladies drop in workshop

DROP-IN WORKSHOP

Syncopated Ladies

2:30–3:45pm

Join viral tap dance sensations Syncopated Ladies for a fresh perspective on working together while expressing your individuality with movement and musicality. Attendees will build from the basic steps up to improvisational “conversations” with each other then learn a simple routine under the master guidance of Syncopated Ladies Anissa Lee and Assata Madison. No experience or tap shoes required; sneakers or hard sole shoes recommended.