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Amanda Shea, Des Bennett, Allegra Fletcher, Eddie Maisonet & DJ Rayvino


Free Admission is generously supported by Fidelity Investments

Thursday, June 6, 2024
3 - 9 pm

Join us on the first Thursday of every month for a powerful evening of creativity and community. Museum admission is free from 3 pm through 9 pm and programs kick off at 5 pm. Explore the magic of the Museum’s gardens and galleries at night and stop by Café G for dinner and and enjoy drinks in the Living Room and Jordan Garden. 

You are invited for a night in honor of Queer Futures in a special collaboration with The Theatre Offensive. Programs this evening feature local artists Des Bennett & Amanda Shea with a night full of liberatory offerings. Honor the lives and legacies of Boston QTPOC through a curated Poetry Open Mic hosted by artist Amanda Shea (she/her) where she invites poets to respond to Queer Liberatory Aesthetics created by theater maker, Des Bennett (they/them).

Visit the Studio for art-making activities led by visiting Polly Thayer Starr artist, Des Bennett in a zine-making activity. Learn more about our upcoming  exhibitions: On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger; Portraits From Boston, With Love; and Hakeem Adewumi: Possession of A Recalcitrant Dream, 2024.  


DJ RAYVINO | 5:30 - 6:30 PM & 7:30 - 8:30 PM in the Courtyard  
Listen to the sounds of Dorchester native DJ RAYVINO

Poetry Night: On Space and Segregation | Amanda Shea 
7:00 - 8:00 PM in Calderwood Hall 
Hold space for QTPOC with a curated Poetry Open Mic hosted by Award-winning Spoken Word artist Amanda Shea as she invite poets to perform pieces in response to The Theater Offensive’s Queer Liberatory aesthetic focused on Space and Segregation: 

Space and Segregation 

This is how the spell works:  

We make magic wherever we go–making do, making beautiful, and making the spaces our people most need. We remember and uplift the queer stories that shaped this place. We make our own because we refuse to be disappeared or forgotten.  

The Theater Offensive’s Queer Liberatory Aesthetics are part of their guiding values and mission to present liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color that transcends artistic boundaries, celebrates cultural abundance, and dismantles oppression.  


Remixing Identity Zine Making Activity | Des Bennett 
5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Education Studio 
Learn simple zine folding techniques and create your own zine using collage, exploring how we remix our past, present, and future into our queer identities. Materials will be provided. 

About the Artists

Advance registration is encouraged for free timed entry tickets for Museum general admission.  

Registration opens two weeks before the event for the general public and four weeks in advance for members. Reserve your tickets online by clicking the button above.  

Limited tickets will be available in-person at the Museum’s main entrance, starting at 3 pm, the day of the event. Please note that day-of tickets are not guaranteed. 

Questions about accessibility? Please call the box office at 617 278 5156.  

Free Admission is generously supported by Fidelity Investments. 

Free days are supported in part by the Wallace Minot Leonard Foundation, Thomas G. Stemberg Charitable Foundation, and Liberty Mutual Foundation. 

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. 

Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. 

The Neighborhood Salon is supported in part by the Anne Hawley Fund for Programs, the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative, and the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. 

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