MFA Holds Free Open House In Honor Of Juneteenth

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Monday, hundreds traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to visit their latest exhibition, "Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas," where Massachusetts residents were offered free admission in recognizance of Juneteenth.

Sponsored by Citizens Bank and the Arbella Insurance Foundation, the MFA's Juneteenth Open House included free access to "Turner's Modern World," in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

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The Open House hosted "Drop-In Art Making: Portraits of Leadership," where participants could craft a portrait of a leader in their life via drawings, watercolor paintings, or collage art. Additionally, the MFA held a job fair, where interested parties could apply to work at the museum.

Meanwhile, the MFA's Open House held a "Spotlight Talk" on "Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas," which officials say was inspired by Kendrick Lamar song “HiiiPoWeR." The Spotlight Talk was presented by writer and curator Chenoa Baker, where officials say she explored color as a subliminal message within evolving pan-African consciousness.

WBZ's Mike Macklin reports.

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