MFA, JFK Library plan observances of MLK Day Monday

BOSTON?There are plenty of activities in the Greater Boston area this weekend to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is offering free admission to everyone and a plethora of special activities on Monday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra is scheduled to perform in the Remis Auditorium at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.Enjoy big band jazz with a new spin as Berklee College of Music alum Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra present original music and works by powerhouse musicians Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.The MFA Film Program presents a series of short films from the Media that Matters Film Festival on power and social justice in America at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Remis Auditorium.The MFA will also have ongoing activities from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., which are designed to appeal to the entire family including “symbol sighting” in the Art of the Ancient World galleries in the lower rotunda. Participants will have the opportunity to explore at their own pace and create works of art at the same time.In the Japanese Galleries on the second floor, budding artists can search for symbols on Chinese ceramics and make their own vessel out of clay in the Workshop Studio.The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. It was located in Copley Square and housed 5,600 works of art. Over the years, the collection and number of visitors grew, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue in Boston, which is readily accessible by subway.Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. Its collection includes nearly 450,000 works of art and is visited by more than a million people a year.The JFK Library plans to celebrate King’s legacy on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with “Stories of Color From Around the World” by storyteller Len Cabral.His performance of folktales, legends and personal stories are stories of courage, wisdom, and strength from Cape Verde to West Africa that will inspire, educate and engage the whole family.The JFK “Celebrate!” is appropriate for families. The performance will be held in the Stephen Smith Center at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point. Admission is free but reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or emailing [email protected] Martin Luther King Jr. activities this weekend include a special performance by The Boston Children’s Chorus, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic arts education organization. The concert will be held at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston on Monday, at 7 p.m. The theme for this year’s concert is “Remembering Yesterday, Inspiring Tomorrow.”Also appearing is the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.Tickets, which are $25, are available at the Jordan Hall Box Office and online at www.bostonchildrenschorus.org.

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