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Dear Members:

Please see the following press release regarding free community events scheduled at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For more information, visit: https://www.mfa.org/press-release/community-celebrations

The MFA Will Co-Present 11 Celebrations with Community Partners Throughout the Year
BOSTON (August 13, 2019)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is expanding its popular series of free community celebrations and partnerships, offering more opportunities for visitors to enjoy music, dance and an array of performances and presentations by artists and thought leaders. New this year, the MFA will host Latinx Heritage Night in partnership with Amplify Latinx on the evening of Wednesday, September 18, and will mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a free day on Monday, October 14. The MFA’s 11 annual community celebrations are each unique, offering a range of activities and events that represent the art, history and global influences found throughout Greater Boston.
The MFA will mark its 150th anniversary in 2020. As part of this anniversary, the MFA has increased opportunities for visitors to enjoy the Museum, including:
Free one-year, first-time memberships for visitors who attend any one of these community celebrations during 2020.
Five free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Lunar New Year Celebration, Memorial Day, Free Fun Friday and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Five Wednesday evening celebrations, when Museum admission is by voluntary contribution, include Latinx Heritage Night, ASL Night, Diwali, Hanukkah and Juneteenth.
Nowruz 2020 includes free activities with Museum admission.

“The MFA’s series of free community celebrations are an open invitation to our neighbors in Boston and throughout New England to join friends and family and make the Museum their own,” said Makeeba McCreary, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement at the MFA. “We are taking the invitation one step further with free Museum memberships during these events, to honor the rich histories and celebrate the diversity of our community with our visitors every day of the year.”
In total, the MFA welcomed 50,000 visitors during community celebrations in FY2019.
For over 20 years, the MFA has co-created a wide-ranging series of free community celebrations with valued local partners, artists and performers—highlighting external perspectives and community voices. A highlight of the year’s calendar is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will mark the opening of a new exhibition of Modern art by American artists of color, curated by paid Boston teen fellows from Becoming a Man (BAM) and The BASE along with the MFA’s Teen Arts Council (TAC), STEAM team and two participants from the Bloomberg Arts Internship program Boston program managed by EdVestors. See below for details on each community celebration at the MFA, or visit mfa.org for more information.
Latinx Heritage Night **NEW**

Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 5-10 pm
Presented in partnership with Amplify Latinx, the MFA’s first-ever Latinx Heritage Night will recognize the enduring Latinx cultural contributions in Boston and beyond. Visitors can enjoy live music, a dance performance, a fashion show/designer meet-up and photography exhibition, with the evening’s performers presenting in both English and Spanish. Tours of the galleries will explore works of art from North, Central and South America from all time periods, which can be found throughout the Art of the Americas Wing. The Museum’s diverse holdings of art of the Americas rank among the most significant in the nation and feature masterpieces ranging from gold of the Ancient Americas, Maya ceramics, as well as more recent acquisitions of colonial Latin American art and 20th-century artists such as Frida Kahlo. Latinx Heritage Night is supported by Leigh Braude-Borowski and Marek Borowski, Lorraine Bressler and Family, Darwin Cordoba, Gamaliel Herrera, Andrea and Antonio Porres, and Jim and Rachel Solomon.
ASL Night

Wednesday, September 25, 2019; 5-10 pm
Presented in partnership with DEAF, Inc and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the MFA’s third-annual ASL Night celebrates Deaf culture, highlighting the art, language and culture of the community. Coinciding with Deaf Awareness Month, the program includes tours, dance, talks, performances and art-making activities, all in ASL led by Deaf tour guides, artists, and performers and translated into spoken English. Throughout the year, a selection of gallery tours, performances and demonstrations are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) or are sign-language interpreted at the MFA. Sponsored by MFS Investment Management. Access initiatives at the MFA are supported by the Bank of America Access Program. With additional support from the Maida S. Abrams Fund for Increasing Access and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day **NEW**

Monday, October 14, 2019; 10 am – 5 pm
The MFA is re-launching its annual Fall Open House as its first annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The holiday re-imagines Columbus Day as a day to honor the original inhabitants of the Americas. Part of the Fenway Alliance’s 18th annual Opening Our Doors Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and celebrates the heritage of Native Americans and the histories of their nations and communities. Visitors can tour the galleries exploring the Museum’s growing collection representing a broad diversity of indigenous cultural traditions across the US and Canada, enjoy music and dance, and drop in on a variety of engaging family art-making activities. Indigenous Peoples Day is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial. Additional programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.
Diwali

Wednesday, October 30, 2019; 5 – 10 pm
Diwali at the MFA celebrates an ancient Festival of Lights observed around the world by many cultures and religions. On Diwali, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains light a diya (oil lamp) with family and friends, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. The MFA’s eighth-annual celebration includes music, dance, art making and tours of the Museum’s collection of South Asian art. The event, in part, is co-produced with SubDrift Boston. Sponsored by Chase.
Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 18, 2019; 4 – 10 pm
In partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), the MFA’s sixth-annual Hanukkah celebration offers musical performances, art making, family-friendly activities and tours of MFA’s collection of Judaica. Every year a one-of-a-kind Hanukkah menorah is created by a local artists as part of a community candle-lighting. Sponsored by Chase.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2020; 10am – 5 pm
For 18 consecutive years, Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. This year, the day will mark the opening of a special exhibition featuring Modern art by American artists of color curated by Boston teens, including paid fellows from Becoming a Man (BAM), The BASE, the MFA’s Teen Arts Council (TAC), STEAM team and two participants from the Bloomberg Arts Internship program Boston program managed by EdVestors. In addition to hearing musical performances and joining gallery tours highlighting works by artists of color, attendees can view art created by students from the MFA’s 10 Community Arts Initiative partners. In partnership with Citizens Bank. Additional programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.
Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 1, 2020; 10 am – 5 pm
Visitors can ring in the Year of the Rat as they explore Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions at the MFA. The sixth-annual Lunar New Year celebration offers art activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the day. Presented in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), the Korean Cultural Society of Boston and the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts, activities include a festive Lion Dance, art making and Saebae and martial arts demonstrations. Among the finest in the world, the MFA’s collection of Asian art covers the creative achievements of more than half of the world’s population over the course of five millennia. Sponsored by Chase. Programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.
Nowruz 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020; 10am – 5 pm
Nowruz is an ancient celebration that takes place on the vernal equinox, signaling the beginning of spring. Since 2012, visitors have celebrated the Persian New Year at the MFA by learning about Nowruz traditions, exploring Persian works of art, enjoying dance performances and viewing an impressive Haft Seen display. Visitors will also have a chance to explore the MFA’s newly reinstalled and reinterpreted Arts of Islamic Cultures gallery, which includes a large selection of works made in Iran. Presented with support from Azi Djazani, Mahmood Malihi, and Azita Bina and Elmar Seibel.
Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2020; 10am – 5 pm
The MFA offers free admission, art-making activities and more every Memorial Day. Additionally, military families—active duty and veterans— receive free access and discounted membership year-round. Memorial Day is generously supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates. Supporting Sponsor is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute. Military Access Program is sponsored by MFS Investment Management.
Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 17, 2020; 5 – 10 pm
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Presented in partnership with The Urban Labs, The MFA’s eighth-annual celebration includes thoughtful discussion, powerful art and engaging activities featuring artists from Boston’s local creative community.
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday

Summer 2020; 10am – 10pm
As a proud participant in Highland Street Foundation’s annual Free Fun Fridays program since 2008, the MFA has offered free admission for one Friday during the summer. Details about Free Fun Fridays in 2020 will be confirmed in partnership with Highland Street Foundation.

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Dear Members and Friends:

Save the date for Fenway Civic Association’s summer public meeting, August 13th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Fenway Community Center, located at 1282 Boylston Street (entry on Jersey Street).

Join us to learn about news and updates to Fenway’s old, new, and reborn public spaces.

Back Bay Fens
Have questions about updates on the Muddy River Project? Send your questions to fenwaycivic@aol.com to be included at the meeting.
Boston Parks and Recreation’s Margaret Dyson will detail updates and answer questions about this extensive public project.

401 Park
Fully transformed from a former parking lot, this lush green space in front of the former Sears building hosts a wide variety of outdoor enjoyment. Come hear from Samuels & Associates about this new park and the programs they have in store.

This meeting is free and open to the public – come and bring a friend!

Special thanks to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Samuels & Associates, and the Fenway Community Center for making this event possible.

FCA 2019 summer public meeting

Fenway Theater Impact Advisory Group Meeting, July 31

Dear Members:

The 12-28 Lansdowne Street/Fenway Theater Impact Advisory Group meeting has been rescheduled from July 25th to Wednesday, July 31st from 6-8 p.m. This is a public meeting, focused on conversation between the proponent and the Impact Advisory Group.

Time: 07/31/2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Kenmore Classroom Building Rm. 101, 565 CommonwealthAvenue, Boston, MA 02215

The comment period has been extended to Thursday, August 1st.
To learn more and submit your comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-theater

Dear Members:

Swingin’ in the Fens is just days away!
Wednesday, July 24th – Free
6:30 PM in Ramler Park (see attached for details)

This year’s collaboration with Fenway Civic Association, Berklee College of Music, and Boston Parks Department will feature Jazz vocalist Marianne Solivan. Marianne was one of the first singers in the newly conceived Fenway Civic/Berklee/ParkArts summer jazz series back in 2000, while a student at Berklee. This year Berklee is able to invite her back from NY, where she has her own band and a big jazz following, to perform again at this lively Fenway homecoming. Don’t miss it!

The concert is of course weather dependent, (rain date is Aug. 14).

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Dear Members:

Don’t forget to bring your picnic dinner down to Symphony Park Tuesdays this July.
Enjoy the following free performances!

July 9: ViVi
July 16: DREION
July 23: Sarah Messias
July 30: Natalie Castro

All concerts start at 5:30 and are weather permitting.
Concerts are sponsored by Berklee College of Music, in partnership with Fenway Civic Association and the Friends of Symphony Park
Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road in the East Fenway.

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4th of July

Dear Members:
Please see the following information regarding street closures during the 4th of July: Traffic advisory for 2019 July Fourth celebration

Happy 4th everyone!

Dear Members:

Happy Summer!
Please see the following announcements regarding upcoming meetings, concerts, and events.
Make sure to read to the bottom for events and concerts!
1. Air Rights Parcel 12 Public Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:00 -7:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel, Independence Ballroom, 39 Dalton Street
Details: Public meeting to discuss the Draft Project Impact Report for this mixed use Air Rights Project and proposed Planned Development Area Plan. Comments are due by July 22nd.
To read more and to submit your comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/parcel-12

2. Kenmore Hotel Impact Advisory Group Meeting
Date: Thursday, June 27th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kenmore Classroom Building, 565 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Room 106
Details: Public meeting, focused on the Impact Advisory Group for the Kenmore Square Hotel project.
Comments are due by July 6th. To learn more and to submit your comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/kenmore-hotel

3. 12-28 Lansdowne Street/Fenway Theater Public Meeting
Date: Monday, July 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Dell EMC Club, Fenway Park, 20 Jersey Street
Details: Public meeting to discuss the Draft Project Impact Report for a 91,500 square foot, 5,400 capacity concert venue. Comments are due by July 29th. For more details and to submit your comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-theater

4. 1241 Boylston Street Public Meeting
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street (entry on Jersey Street)
Details: Public meeting to discuss updates on the project and applicability of the Park and Parkways Ordinance. For more details, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/1241-boylston-street

5. 12-28 Lansdowne Street/Fenway Theater Impact Advisory Group Meeting
Date: Monday, July 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ford Clubhouse, 72 Brookline Avenue
Details: See 3., above – this is a public meeting focused on the Impact Advisory Group for Fenway Theater.
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Save the Date(s)!
Kaji Aso Studio – Tanabata Festival
Date: Saturday, July 6th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Kaji Aso Studio, 40 St. Stephen Street
Details: Celebrate Japan’s Tanabata festival with a free reception, exhibit, and poetry reading. This event is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park, starting July 9th
Dates: July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road
Details: Join neighbors and friends for free concerts at Symphony Park. All concerts are free and open to the public. Sunset Concerts are a partnership of Berklee College of Music, Boston Parks and Recreation, Fenway Civic, and the Friends of Symphony Park. For more details, visit: https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/symphony-park

Fenway Garden Society Open Gardens
Date: Saturday, July 13th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Fenway Victory Gardens, 1200 Boylston Street
Details: Stroll the Fenway Victory Gardens for free garden visits and an art show. For more details, visit www.fenwavictorygardens.org 

Swingin’ in Ramler Park
Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ramler Park, 130 Peterborough Street
Details: Mark your calendars for this annual event at award-winning Ramler Park in the West Fenway. Free concert featuring Marianne Solivan and friends. Swingin’ in Ramler Park is part of the city’s ParkArts program, and a partnership of Berklee College of Music, Boston Parks and Recreation, and Fenway Civic Association. For more details, visit: https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/ramler-park