Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 16, 2023
11 am - 4 pm

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with stories, sign-making, conversation and music. Artists and thought leaders will share reflections on themes of justice, equity, art, and empowerment, and invite participation in activities throughout the day.

  • Sign-Making | 11:00 AM – 4 PM

    Bertucci Education Studio

    Create a sign that shares a message of what freedom, empowerment, and justice mean to you and the change you’d like to see in society. Prompts and materials will be provided.

  • Reread and Reclaim MLK: A Musical Story Hour | 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM

    Living Room

    Listen to stories and participate in conversation with artist and educator Tanya Nixon-Silberg of Little Uprisings and musician Tony Leva on bass, as they speak about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, his dreams of peace and justice, and the role kids can play as advocates for change.

  • For Freedoms Town Hall | 2:00 PM

    Calderwood Hall

    Artists and thought leaders Hank Willis Thomas, Eric M. Anderson, Erin Genia, Sabrina Dorsainvil, and Eric Gottesman will explore themes of love and compassion in a conversation moderated by Yng-Ru Chen of Praise Shadows Art Gallery and organized in collaboration with For Freedoms.

    This Town Hall takes inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, the Gardner's Titus Kaphar: The Jerome Project exhibition, and The Embrace by Hank Willis Thomas, the first memorial to honor Dr. King and Coretta Scott King on Boston Common. Together, speakers will respond to questions related to art, memory, civic engagement, and justice.

    For Freedoms is an artist collective that centers art and creativity as a catalyst for transformative connection and collective liberation. By wielding the power of art, they aim to deepen and expand their capacity to interrogate what is and imagine what could be.Together, they seek infinite expansion.

Top image credit: Faizal Westcott



Free with General Admission. Advance registration is required for General Admission, and timed entry tickets.


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is generously sponsored by Maureen and Michael Ruettgers.

Free days are supported in part by the Wallace Minot Leonard Foundation and the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

The Neighborhood Salon is supported in part by the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative and the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation.

The Museum also receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.