BOSTON (CBS) – On Saturday, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is holding a day of outdoor programs and activities to celebrate Juneteenth and to honor the city’s Black artists and creative voices.
“This is a moment of reckoning that says that there should be a commemoration for the liberation of Black people as slaves in this country and I think any moment we that have to appreciate our freedoms but also to recognize that there’s still a lot of work to do and we need to be a part of that work,” said Makeeba McCreary, Chief of Learning and Community Engagement at the MFA.READ MORE: Wednesday's Child: 7-Year-Old Jose
The MFA’s Juneteenth activities will include art making, a concert curated by BAMS Fest, a film screening of “Summer of Soul” and spotlight talks on the artwork of the MFA’s artist-in-residence Rob Stull, who is responsible for the banners paying tribute to Basquiat hanging outside of the museum.
“It’s always important to give a nod to the ancestors. They’re incorporated in everything I do and the art that I do. Just as hip hop is and hip hop culture,” said Stull.
“We have some really important conversations that are taking place and I think evidence of that in the galleries and in our upcoming exhibition schedule as well,” said McCreary.READ MORE: Teen Lifeguards Save Man Who Suffered Heart Attack On Dennis Beach
Saturday’s event is free to the public from 10am to 10pm, and marks the first in-person community celebration at the museum in over a year.
“This is a place of convening. This is a place where we hope people find themselves both with family, with friends but also with strangers, and I think Juneteenth being the moment in time where that happens but also as the city reopens is a really important moment,” said McCreary.
“It’s also I think a strong symbol to the community to be true to yourself, follow your dreams and your goals and one day you might have your artwork on the front of a major cultural institution,” said Stull.MORE NEWS: Police: Allegedly Drugged Driver Fled Scene After Hitting And Killing Taunton Woman
For more on the MFA’s Juneteenth event, visit: https://www.mfa.org/event/community-celebrations/juneteenth