Check out these offerings from Boston-area organizations, or visit our Revels affiliates for programming online and outside of Massachusetts!
For more Boston-area offerings, visit the Arts Boston calendar.
Juneteenth Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts: June 20
The Museum of Fine Arts is holding an open house Monday, June 20, commemorating Juneteenth. Free for all Massachusetts residents, this day of programming includes performances from SIDE Presents honoring Black arts, culture, and stories, along with special talks accompanying the MFA’s latest exhibit, “Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in America.” Learn more here.
City of Cambridge Celebrations: June 16-21
Click here to learn more about educational, commemorative, and celebratory events for the whole family, including storytelling, performances, historical lectures, and more in partnership with Cambridge Public Library, Black History in Action for Cambridgeport, Cambridge Families of Color Coalition, Starlight, Cambridge Arts Council, and Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.
History is No Mystery - Shea Justice at the Fountain Street Gallery: Through June 26
Beginning June 1, Fountain Street Gallery will exhibit Shea Justice’s “History is No Mystery.” In this solo exhibition, Justice explores U.S. laws and customs and traces their impact on African Americans from their inception to this day. His work features portraits of figures that have shaped history, as well individuals affected by or consciously omitted from mainstream accounts of historical events. Using watercolor and collage, Justice applies images and text to replicas of historical documents such as the U.S. Constitution. In juxtaposing these elements, he explores the motives and meaning behind the words that have shaped policies in America—and presents the past as prologue to our current times.
A special artist talk will take place on Sunday, June 19 from 2-4 PM. Learn more here.
Watertown Juneteenth Celebration: June 18
Watertown Community for Black Lives is holding a Juneteenth celebration tomorrow from 11 – 6:30, with educational exhibits, panels, and family activities.
Washington DC Revels: Stories from the Underground Railroad
On February 27, 2021, the Sandy Spring Slave Museum presented the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices in a virtual Black History Month performance highlighting Montgomery County, MD history: local stories of the Underground Railroad, and the legacy of Enoch George and Harriet Howard family, who purchased their freedom and became prominent local landowners, helping to establish a prosperous African American community in Montgomery County.
Washington DC Revels: June 19
Join Jubilee Voices and the Office of Historic Alexandria for a concert in celebration of Juneteenth, a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Jubilee Voices will perform a lively, interactive performance featuring traditional African American music, dance and spoken word that traces the history of African Americans from enslavement to freedom. Celebrate Juneteenth and join the journey!
Sunday, June 19, 3 pm
Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA