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By Scott Roberto / May 30, 12:00 AM
Juneteenth Museum Free-for-All
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts


Some of the Boston area’s best art museums mark the Juneteenth holiday this year with free admission and special programming all day on June 19. Edify your mind at the Museum of Fine Arts (pictured), where visitors can experience the exhibit Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina and enjoy art making activities, poetry and dances performances inspired by the show. Around the corner at fellow Fenway institution the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, patrons can take in music, poetry and a screening of A Reckoning in Boston, James Rutenbeck’s 2021 documentary about racial inequalities in the city. Over in the Seaport, the Institute of Contemporary Art showcases works by Simone Leigh to highlight the tradition of Black feminist ideas, as well as We Create the World: A Juneteenth Celebration, a program on the Black experience that features film, music and more. Meanwhile, across the Charles River in Cambridge, the MIT List Visual Arts Center opens its doors so the public can witness the latest works by Aliston Nguyen, Lex Brown and Sung Tieu. The Hub’s Juneteenth celebrations don’t stop there: the Embrace Ideas Festival takes place June 14–16 at locations throughout Beantown, while the Boston Ujima Project brings special programming to Black Market in Roxbury’s Nubian Square on June 19.

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