Third Thursdays

Artist Takeover

Thursday, February 21, 2019
5:30 - 9 pm
Throughout the Museum

Selected from our Neighborhood Salon Luminary program, we invite the best of Boston's artists and culture-makers to take over the Museum. Featuring writers, producers, photographers, multi-media artists, and community organizers, this creative social circle captures the spirit of Isabella's "salons" to give you a fresh look at the historic collection.

Program for the Evening

In the Courtyard // 5:30 - 8:30 pm
40 Million Feet is the approximate distance from Boston to Kathmandu, the homes of bandmates Charlie Giargiari and Shyam Nepali. Mixing the Nepalese sarangi and acoustic guitar, they put together an eclectic and unpredictable performance that challenges cultural barriers through art.

In the Education Studio // 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Capture yourself as a work of art. Have your portrait taken by Feda Eid and frame it with your own personal flair.

In Calderwood Hall // 5:30 - 8:30 pm, with Q+A at 7:30 pm
Watch select episodes of "The Pineapple Diaries," a comedic web series created by Dominican-American writer Paloma Valenzuela. Follow four best friends from the predominantly Dominican neighborhood of Jamaica Plain as they discover themselves, each other, and the absurdities of everyday life.

In the Galleries // 6:30 & 8 pm
Join artists Sabrina Dorsainvil and Elisa Hamilton in the Tapestry Room for a frenzy of collective drawing and imaginative creation.

In the Living Room // 7 pm
Kadahj Bennett performs "Paranoia Noir," songs and stories on masculinity, mental health, and men of color.




Kadahj Bennett

This millennial man of mystery is a Rapper/Singer/Actor/ Writer/Teacher/Brother and Bostonian on a mission to enter the corners of your mind and make you move.

Sabrina Dorsainvil

Sabrina is fascinated by people: the way they move, speak, and touch, and the way they interact and experience objects, environments, and each other.

Feda Eid

Feda's work explores the self-expression of heritage, tradition, culture, identity, and the often tense but beautiful space between what is said, what is felt, and what is lost in translation.

Elisa Hamilton

Elisa Hamilton is a multimedia artist who creates inclusive artworks that emphasize shared spaces and the hopeful examination of our everyday places, objects, and experiences.

Paloma Valenzuela

Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director and actress who has produced stage plays and audiovisual projects in both Boston and the Dominican Republic.

Matt McArthur

Matt McArthur is the Founder and Executive Director of the record co., a nonprofit music incubator on a mission to break down the barriers between music makers and their creative visions in Boston.

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $10, free for members and children 17 and under.

  • Online, by clicking the TICKETS button above*
  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

*Handling charges apply to these orders

Photo at top by Leonardo March.

Studio activities are made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. The Museum is also supported by grants from the Barr Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion, and curiosity. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Charitable Starr Trust online at The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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