Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 17, 2022
11 am - 4 pm
Throughout the Museum

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy and carry on his pursuit of justice with a Day of Service at the Gardner Museum. Excerpts of Dr. King’s speeches will serve as inspiration for art kits that you can take home to design your own advocacy or postcard to share a message of hope with someone important in your life. 

In Calderwood Hall, watch Witness: Spirituals and the Classical Music Tradition, a four-part video series featuring Boston-based ensemble Castle of our Skins. This series explores the ways some Black American composers have found inspiration in the rich tradition of spirituals. Then, breathe in the beauty of the Midwinter Tropics Installation in the Courtyard. Pause for a brief guided meditation on your mobile device or pick up a sketching card to capture inspiration you find in the galleries.


Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reserve your ticket online, by clicking the RESERVE YOUR TICKETS button above.

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. Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. 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.