Thousands of families attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Monday. They enjoyed crafts, story times, live performances, talks, tours, and exhibits—all for free.
The museum also aired the live broadcast of the 57th presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Next
Waiting in line
The line to get into the Open House wrapped around the museum. Next
Matt and Kathleen Gately, of Marion, along with their son Eddie, 10, checked out art created by local students from the Boys and Girls Clubs and other afterschool organizations. Next
Learning about King
Madjeen Lorthe and daughter Nila, 7, of Somerville check out the paintings by local students.
“I just wanted my daughter to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Lorthe about what brought them to the museum. Next
Sisters Mathilda, 2, and Autumn, 5, traced their hands and then painted them to hang on the wall. They are the children of David and Michelle McCarthy of North Andover. Next
Mural of hands
Hundreds of children of all ages placed their painted paper hands on the wall throughout the day. Next
Jordan Bridgeman-Dicks of Malden, who turned 11 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, painted his paper hand and added it to the wall.
“He, like, fought for us, for our freedom,” said Jordan about why he wanted to celebrate King. Next
Studying the shapes
Daniela Kukrechtova and children Emmie, 9, and Filip, 4, of Cambridge, studied the Jones paintings. The kids especially liked “Glyphs,” a portrayal of African glyph writing.
“They are choosing what they want to try (for a collage) downstairs, so they are trying to memorize the shapes,” said Kukrechtova. Next
Inspired by art
Ana Kunicki, 6, of Brighton (right), was inspired by the painting “Ubi Girl from Tai Region” (left) by Lois Mailou Jones to create a paper collage for her mom. What did she like most about the painting?
“All the different colors,” Ana said.Next
Richard Joh and daughter Lydia, 4, of Cambridge, also made a collage inspired by the Jones exhibit. Next
A 6 year-old’s take
“It’s a great example of an artist supporting the civil rights movement,” said Reebee Girash of Arlington, beside her husband John and son Zac, at the Jones exhibit.
And what did Zac think of the paintings?
“This one is more realistic than that one,” Zac said, comparing side-by-side paintings. “But it’s more abstract than the ones over there.” Next
Singing about freedom
Lawrence “Larry” Watson of Berklee College of Music, accompanied by singers and a full band, entertained families with songs about freedom.
Dancing in their seats
Alison Bromley and daughters Naomi, 7, and Jeannie, 6, of Brookline, danced in their seats to music performed by Lawrence “Larry” Watson and singers from Berklee College of Music.
“They were amazing, really inspiring,” said Bromley. Next
Bromley and her family stuck around to watch the 57th presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Next
Concentrating on coloring
“I’m coloring a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Francheska Espaillat, 9, of East Boston. “I’m going to stick it up on the wall.” Next
Pictures of MLK Jr.
As the day went on, more and more children added their coloring projects to the wall. Next
Some families ate lunch at the museum. Next
Dan and Ronnie Hirschhorn and Jeremy Beth Kusmin and daughters Sadie, 3, and Maggie, 7, all of Plymouth, spent the day at the museum.
“This is their first introduction to a real grown-up museum,” said Dan Hirschhorn about his granddaughters, adding about his oldest granddaughter, “You can tell she’s loving it because she hops and skips everywhere.” Back to the beginning
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