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Massachusetts College of Art and Design Announces Free April Programs for all ages

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Programs include the annual Adderley lecture featuring mural artists GN Crew Boston, a talk by acclaimed author Alison Bechdel, and free April Vacation Week programs at MAAM 

Boston, MA – Thursday, March 31, 2022 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces its roster of free public programs for the month of April. MassArt, a publicly funded college of art and design, is a resource to the Commonwealth and beyond and offers a wide variety of free art-making activities, lecture series, and exhibitions for all ages and backgrounds through the MassArt Art Museum, the College’s on-campus contemporary art museum; MassArt x SoWa, the off-campus gallery run by the graduate program; the Center of Art and Community Partnerships; as well as the College’s undergraduate and graduate academic departments.

The MassArt Art Museum

Currently on view through 2022 are Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet; Game Changers: Video Games & Contemporary Art; and Ghost Of A Dream: Yesterday Is Here. Admission and programs are always free. Advance registration is required. Visit for more information about museum hours and COVID-19 policies. 

Big Idea Saturdays (in-person)  

Saturdays April 2, 9, 23, 30; 12-4pm 
Connect with your inner artist, and with big ideas, in the Barkan Family Big Ideas Studio every Saturday. At this drop-in event, honor your hero—find inspiration in the story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman and draw a portrait of, or share a story about, someone who has impacted your life. 

Ink Resist Workshop (in-person)

Sunday April 3, 2-4pm
Create your own pattern using ink resist in this free printmaking workshop led by Museum Attendant and Student Educator Alice Shao ‘23. During the workshop, design a colorful print and find inspiration in Joana Vasconcelos’ installation, Valkyrie Mumbet, covered in capulana fabric made from similar ink resist techniques.  

Drawing Together (in-person)

Thursday, April 21; 6:30-8pm
Get creative in the company of friends (or make new ones!) during this free, drop-in figure drawing session featuring live music by Albino Mbie, an award winning musician, guitarist, singer, composer, and sound and mixing engineer, born in Maputo, Mozambique. All are welcome and drawing materials will be provided. Basic drawing instruction will be offered for those interested. 

April Vacation Week

Friday, April 15; Saturday, April 16; Wednesday, April 20; Thursday, April 21; Friday, April 22; 12-4pm
Connect with your inner artist, and with big ideas, in the Barkan Family Big Ideas Studio. This April Vacation Week, explore drop-in art-making projects for all ages offered in connection with the special exhibition, Game Changers: Video Games & Contemporary Art. While you’re here, experiment with a variety of materials to create your own wearable symbol of power. 

Center for Art and Community Partnerships

MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships partners with people and communities within and beyond MassArt to radically expand access to transformative creative experiences. CACP develops sustainable art and design initiatives in partnership with neighbors in Mission Hill, Roxbury, Dorchester, and beyond.

Boston Comics in Color Festival (in-person at Roxbury Community College)

Saturday, April 23, 11am-5pm
MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) is proud to participate in the Boston Comics in Color Festival, the first event of its kind in the city of Boston. MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) is proud to participate in the Boston Comics in Color Festival, the first event of its kind in the city of Boston. This family-friendly event for all ages will focus on creators of color and stories by and about people of color. The event will include event headliner(s); special guest speakers; panel discussions with working artists and writers, workshops on comic art and writing, live art demos, as well as an artist alley for comic creators to share and sell their books, materials, artwork.


MassArt Photo Lecture Series: Steph Foster (virtual)

Tuesday, April 5, 2pm-3:30pm
The MassArt Photo Lecture Series welcomes Steph Foster for a virtual talk. Specializing in photography with interests in video, installations, music, digital fabrication, sculpture and performance, Foster holds a BA in Studio Art from Michigan State University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His recent work combines sounds and music with visual media to tell stories of mass incarceration and reconciliation within urban communities.

MassArt Photo Lecture Series: Dani and Sheila ReStack (virtual)

Tuesday, April 12, 2pm
The MassArt Photo Lecture Series introduces Dani and Sheila ReStack, a collaboration between artists with established solo careers. Dani’s video work is made with an emotional logic, questioning cultural, personal, and animal realities. Sheila uses photography, video, and text as performative and documentary tools to analyze the intersection of history, story, and the land. Their recent collaborations have shown at MoMA, TCU Contemporary, the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Iceberg Projects Chicago, Toronto International Film Festival, Images Film Festival, Toronto, Lyric Theater, Carrizozo, NM, Leslie Lohman Project Space, Gaa Wellfleet, and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. 

MassArt Photo Lecture Series: Priya Kambli (virtual)

Tuesday, April 26, 2pm-3:30pm
The MassArt Photo Lecture series presents Priya Kambli, whose work addresses the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and culture. She is the winner of the inaugural Aperture and Google’s Creator Labs Photo Fund and the Magenta Foundation’s Un-Stuck grant. She is also the winner of the 2021 Individual Artist by the Missouri Arts Council, the state’s highest honor in the arts.

The 47th Annual William A. Dwiggins Lecture 
Alison Bechdel: Text! Image! Action! (in-person)

Wednesday, April 6, 6pm
MassArt Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
The Society of Printers and MassArt present the 47th Annual William A. Dwiggins Lecture. The acclaimed author of Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength will talk about the fusion of words, pictures, and design in her comics. 

2022 Tyrone Maurice Adderley Lecture: GN CREW Boston
Public Art: The Mystery, the Magic, and the Making featuring GN Crew Boston and Street Theory (in-person)

Thursday, April 21, 6pm
MassArt Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Moderated by CACP Associate Director Ekua Holmes ‘77, Genaro ‘GO Five’ Ortega ‘09, Rob ‘Problak’ Gibbs, Lee ‘Soems’ Beard, and Luis ‘Take 1’ Taforo of GN Crew Boston will provide a glimpse into their process of generating ideas from concept to execution during a Black Book session. Topics will include mural/graffiti/street art, the social impact of public art, the creative process, and communities of trust. GN Crew Boston are the inaugural Adderley Artists in Residence, a new program which enhances the lecture experience by providing opportunities of being in community, learning from artists, and engaging with expansive ideas of art and the creative process. The Adderley Lecture Series commemorates the passing of talented and popular painting student Tyrone Maurice Adderley in 1995.

MassArt x SoWa

MassArt x SoWa is MassArt’s offsite gallery space, operated by the graduate program, in Boston’s South End arts district. The space features rotating temporary exhibitions of work by the MassArt community. Admission and programs are always free. Visit for more information about gallery hours and COVID-19 policies. 

Source (in-person)

On view through April 17, 2022
Source, curated by Diana Jean Puglisi and Courtney Stock, explores artists as storytellers who harness the power and associations of materials and media to convey a perspective on our current moment and their own stories. Source includes ten MassArt Graduate Program Alumni from across disciplines. 

Source First Friday (in-person)

Friday, March 4, 5-9pm 
Join alumni artists of the MassArt Graduate Program for an opening reception and celebration during SoWa First Fridays.


About MassArt

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good. Since 1873, MassArt has built a legacy of leadership as the first freestanding public college of art and design in the country, and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. MassArt offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, taught by world-class faculty.

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