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Advance tickets are recommended and are available for visits through October. Book now

Please Note

Select galleries are currently closed for the installation of Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s—Today, opening Oct 5.

ICA Teen Arts Council presents Teen Night! Enjoy a night where teens take over the museum! Inspired by the exhibition Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today

Happenings 

  • Art Making 
  • Dance Party 
  • Gallery Activities 
  • Photo Booth 
  • Snacks 
  • Performances 

Join fellow educators for an evening of art and community. Learn about field trip offerings, teacher resources, and more. Explore current exhibitions, including Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s to Today, and consider form, transformation, and light while making your own shadow puppet in Shadow Play, the Bank of America Art Lab installation developed by Boston artist Lily Xie. 

Active and pre-service K-12 teachers of all disciplines, school administrators, and out-of-school time educators are all welcome. 

Drop by the Watershed on Sunday, October 29 for El Dia de los Muertos produced by Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC). VROCC has collaborated with local artists, organizations and community centers in East Boston to create 20 ofrendas, or Day of the Dead altars, to honor the lives of their ancestors. These altars can include numerous items that represents a part of the journey and cultural celebration to honor life and death.

ICA Water Shuttles will not be running. 


Veronica Robles Cultural Center Tree Logo

The ICA is offering FREE museum admission for all on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 9. Advanced tickets are required and will be available to reserve beginning on Sunday, October 8 at 10 AM.

Get a first look at our newest exhibition Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s—Today.

On View

Additionally, check out the Bank of America Art Lab’s installation Shadow Play, open from 12–4 PM. Art Lab activities are drop-in and first-come, first-serve, and capacity is limited.

Join us for a day of family fun! Explore different ways of telling a story through artmaking, music, and performance. Reserve free admission tickets online in advance*. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited.   

*On Saturday, September 30, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Tickets must be reserved online in advance. Use the code PLAYDATE when reserving your ticket(s). Advance tickets are strongly recommended; day-of tickets are not guaranteed.

What’s your Uh-Oh or Yippee moment? With Jo Ham | 10 AM–3 PM

Art Lab, 1st Floor 

Enter the world of Jo Ham’s dynamic character Rabbit by choosing your favorite Rabbit print (selection to be supplied) and letting your imagination create the wider story to make their own Yippee or Uh-Oh moment! Landscapes, room sets, new characters, colorful props and more can all be added using paint, pens, stickers and craft materials, with help on hand from the HAM team. While supplies last.

Book Signing with Jo Ham | 3–4 PM

Art Lab, 1st Floor 

Meet beloved illustrator, artist, and now author Jo Ham, and get your copies of her new children’s books Yippee! Rabbit and Uh Oh! Rabbit! signed! Copies of the books and other HAM selects will be available to be purchased on site — including a special limited edition print to celebrate the occasion, only available at the ICA Store!

Musical Storytelling with The Rubin Brothers | 11 AM-12 PM

Outdoors, Grandstand + Plaza

Circus musicians, vaudeville entertainers, and real-life brothers AJ & Colescott present an all-ages show of interactive musical storytelling, complete with acrobatics, unicycling, juggling, and unbridled silliness!

Books + Looks | 10:30 AM + 12:30 PM

4th Floor, Mediatheque

 
Join for a staff led reading of family-friendly storybooks and make connections to artworks on view. Drop-in, first come, first serve, space is limited. 

In the Galleries, 10 AM–5 PM

4th Floor, Galleries

Our Visitor Assistants (VA) are always eager to talk about the artworks and answer your questions. Pick up a gallery game card to explore the museum as a “Thinker, Maker, Explorer, or Performer”. Great for a variety of ages and for intergenerational audiences to play together. Cards are available on the 1st and 4th floor near the elevators. Questions? Ask a VA on the 4th floor. Only #2 pencils allowed in the galleries.

Warm Up with a Mug | 11 AM–4:30 PM

1st Floor, ICA Wine + Coffee Bar

Stop by the ICA Wine + Coffee Bar for a free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with the purchase of a HAM mug.

About Jo Ham

Jo Ham graduated from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, where she gained a degree in fine art with a focus on anatomy. In 2011, she formed her studio—HAM, developing bespoke products and artwork for global brands, creating large-scale installations, and raising funds and awareness for charity. Informed by her studies and early career in design, Jo has always been fascinated by popular culture and uses Rabbit to shine a light on life’s simple pleasures—in particular how we interact with one another through work and play. The resulting social commentary creates Rabbit’s happy world, where our daily rituals, likes, and hobbies are immortalized in print for all to enjoy. In 2018, Jo was awarded the Aviva Women of the Future Arts and Culture Prize and the NatWest Great British Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year. Jo’s work can be found online at hammade.com and on Instagram at @HamJoanna.

About the Rubin Brothers

AJ and Colescott Rubin are Boston-based circus musicians & vaudeville entertainers who lift spirits and make smiles wherever they go, performing swing & popular songs of yesteryear with a lighthearted energy and danceable beat. Known internationally for their unicycling, juggling, & acrobatics while playing instruments, they play sold out shows from coast to coast. They have performed and/or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Old Crow Medicine Show, Patrice Rushen, Catherine Russell, Charmaine Neville, & John Legend, and around the world in New Orleans, Iceland, Moscow, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and elsewhere. Student and staff at Berklee College of Music, respectively, they are recipients of the 2021 City of Boston Opportunity Fund Award, and recently made their debut recording on all pre-1930s recording equipment in NYC. They play stadium halftime shows as the house brass band for the major league rugby team of New England and make their circus debut September 2023 in NYC.

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Free Admission for Youth

Youth 18 and under always receive FREE museum admission. The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time—and we do this with the incredible support of our community. Explore the +1 Membership — A free ICA membership program for youth 0-18.

Questions? Reach us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.


Your support helps keeps programs like this – both virtual and in-person – free and accessible in this time of uncertainty. If you are able, please consider becoming a member or making a one-time gift to support the ICA.

Artists Cicely Carew, Venetia Dale, and Yu-Wen Wu—the featured artists in the ICA’s 2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize exhibition—come together for a conversation on art and life in Boston as visual artists. Hear about their creative practices in this public program moderated by Assistant Curator, Anni Pullagura.

2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from August 24, 2023, to January 28, 2024.

The ICA partners with Thaddeus Miles—photographer, community activist, and founder of the Black Joy Project—to kick off a weekend of festivities centered around the fourth annual Black Joy Day in the City of Boston. This outdoor program at the ICA features performances by some of the city’s best talents, including Oompa, Gogo, and DJ Jo

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tori Tori and Latrell James will not appear as originally planned.

Black Joy Day is FREE, and tickets are not required to attend the performances! Museum admission is free from 5 to 9. Free tickets will be available at 10 AM on September 8. 

More than just a jubilation, Black Joy Day stands tall as a radiant beacon of resistance. Through the harmony of Black music, the depth of poetry, and profound dialogues on restorative justice, we aim to amplify the empowerment and resilience of Black voices worldwide. In the words of Thaddeus Miles, “Black Joy Day is more than a moment, it’s a movement. A symphony of voices, talents, and spirits, echoing the resilience, love, and vibrancy of our community. Let’s come together to feel, heal, and revel in the rhythm of joy.” 

Little Amal — whose name means ‘hope’ in Arabic — is a 12-foot puppet of a refugee Syrian child who has traveled to 13 countries. She began her journey from the Syrian border and carries a message of hope for displaced people everywhere, especially children who have been separated from their families. 

Join the ICA as we welcome Little Amal to East Boston in a special event at the ICA Watershed, where she will be met by music and dancing by Veronica Robles and young performers from the Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC). Meet Little Amal at the corner of Orleans Street and Sumner Street and walk with her as she makes her way to the Watershed for a celebration with music and dancing. Plus, get a final bonus opportunity to view Guadalupe Maravilla’s mesmerizing exhibition at the Watershed, featuring large-scale installations, paintings, and sculptures that retrace and tell the story of the artist’s own migration journey.   

There will be no Water Shuttle service.

Schedule

1–2 PM | Procession with Little Amal and young performers from VROCC
Starting point: Zumix building, Orleans Street x Sumner Street, East Boston
Ending point: ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal Street, East Boston

2 PM | Celebratory musical and dance performances with VROCC
ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal Street, East Boston

Following the event, be sure to visit the East Boston Latin Music and Dance Festival in East Boston Memorial Park. The festival will include Latin American music and dance, delicious food, kids’ activities, local arts & crafts vendors, and will provide a welcoming, family-friendly environment for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Check out other stops on Little Amal’s Boston journey.

The ICA along with American Repertory Theatre (ART) at Harvard University, ArtsEmerson, Company One Theatre, Lars Jan, Boston University Center on Forced Displacement, Boston University Arts Initiative, Extinction Rebellion Boston, Foxborough Public Schools, RefugePoint and The Puppet Free Library, will welcome Little Amal to the city of Boston on September 7–9, 2023. Boston will kick off the 35-city tour from Boston to San Diego where 1,000+ artists and arts organizations will create 100+ events to welcome her.

Amal Walks Across America is produced by The Walk Productions in association with Handspring Puppet Company. 


Two logos for The Walk and Handspring Puppetry

Amal Walks Across America was made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation, with additional support from the Backstage Trust, the Barr Foundation, Sunny Bates, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Choose Love, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Ruby Lerner, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Opportunity Fund, The Shapiro Foundation, Students Rebuild, the Thorne Cox Family Foundation, and Barbara Tober. 

Many logos for foundations and organizations

Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston presents a unique and thrilling work-in-progress performance combining music, dance, and juggling. At the ICA, Sandbox Percussion and Gandini Juggling will begin work on a new multi-disciplinary project featuring the music of renowned avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis. Joining the collaboration are Boston-area dancers and movement artists Alissa Cardone, CiCi Kai, and Yo-El Cassell, along with former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Jennifer Goggans. Watch this new collaboration take shape with a special showcase of these remarkable artists.  

Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times) and “utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), Grammy-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion captivate audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Formed in London in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling are at the vanguard of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st century.  

Accessibility

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.



Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston is made possible, in part, with the support of Jane Karol and Howard Cooper, George and Ann Colony, The Aliad Fund, and Stephanie and Leander McCormick-Goodhart.

 

Discover our feature exhibition, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, in this interactive tour led by one of the ICA’s expert guides.

Meet your guide in the 4th floor lobby.