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FREE FIRST THURSDAYS: DECEMBER

Sneaker therapy: Process, Reflect, Heal

Thursday, December 7, 2023 3 - 9 pm

Join us on the first Thursday of every month for an exciting evening of discovery 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 drinks.

Come celebrate a night in honor of self expression and healing and explore the galleries after hours with programs promoting joy, mental health advocacy, and community. Experience a special installation in the studio featuring part of an extensive sneaker collection of the Artist, Actor & Luminary Keith Mascoll. In Calderwood Hall, Keith will lead a fireside chat and a powerful conversation with artists and sneaker heads in connection with themes of our special exhibition Inventing Isabella. The Living Room Bar and Café G are open late. This will all be illuminated by the sounds of DJ KNSZWRTH.

Keith Mascoll is an M.ed Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education, actor & artist who uses his unique and innovative style of Black storytelling about trauma in creating spaces for male healing through art. Keith is founder of the Triggered Project, Co-host of The Living a Triggered Life Podcast, and a Neighborhood Salon Luminary at the Gardner Museum. Read more and watch his 2019 Luminary Lens project.

  • Sneaker Therapy Art Installation | 5 - 8 PM

    Bertucci Education Studio

    Explore a glimpse into the sneaker collection and work of Luminary and Founder of The Triggered Project, Keith Mascoll in the Studio. Visitors are invited to learn more about Keith's roots in sneaker culture, education, the development of creation of Sneaker Therapy Monologue Art Project, and Keith’s journey in finding a spiritual grounding through sneaker fashioning and his resilient mental health advocacy with kids and men of color.

  • DJ KNSZWRTH | 5:30 - 6:30 PM and 7:30 - 8:30 PM

    Courtyard

    Get your vibe on in the palace with Boston-based DJ KNSZWRTH.

  • Sneaker Therapy Screening & Conversation with Q&A | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

    Calderwood Hall

    Join artists and sneakerheads Keith Mascoll, Frank “The Butcher” Rivera, Sean Scales and Trevis Brooks as they discuss the intersectionality of sneaker culture and healing in support of mental health in BIPOC communities. We will begin the program with a short documentary created by Keith, as he shares the origins of Sneaker Therapy and how sneakers built his self efficacy on his journey of healing.

Photo by Steve Osemwenkhae

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tickets

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.

Free Admission is generously supported by Fidelity Investments.

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