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Join the ICA for Free Art-Making Activities, Performances, Films and Birthday Cake!

November 23, 2011 (Boston, Mass)--On Saturday, December 10, from 10 am – 5pm, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston will host a free birthday party for the public in culmination of its 75th anniversary celebration! Along with celebrating 75 years as an institution, the ICA will also be celebrating its 5th year on the waterfront. Jam packed with fun, the day includes a variety of programs and events such as a DJ school, performances by Boston Tap, AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra and Zumix, art-making activities, animated family films and, of course, birthday cake! There is also free access to the museum’s fourth floor galleries featuring Dance/Draw, Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves, Jessica Jackson Hutchins as well as Swoon’s Anthropocene Extinction on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to be the Celebration Sponsor of the ICA’s 75th Anniversary.

ICA Birthday Party Schedule:

Art-making with Artist Evelyn Rydz & ICA Teen Arts Council
10am—4pm, Bank of America Art Lab
Join Boston-based artist Evelyn Rydz along with ICA Teen Arts Council members and help create an installation responding to Swoon’s stunning installation, Anthropocene Extinction. Invent your own symbols using drawing, cut paper designs, patterning, and more. Note: children must be accompanied by adults.

Drop-in DJ School
10am—1pm & 2pm—4pm, Digital Studio (2nd floor)
A fun drop-in class, DJ coaches will guide you in basic DJ skills such as beat matching, cutting, blending, mixing, and scratching. (For ages 12—adult)

Animated Family Films
10:30am, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
Karen Aqua, Andaluz, 2004, Joel Frenzer, The Beat-Box Bastard, 2007, Gina Kamentsky, A Little Pet Story, 2004, Luke Jaeger, When Me Body Lay Down in the Grave, 2006; Steve Gentile, My Girlfriend Sleeps Like Superman, 2004, Michael Langan, Heliotropes, 2010, Kurt Snyder, Where Do Babies Come From, 2010, Orrin and Jerry Zucker, Naked Swim, 2000.

Music from Zumix
12:00 – 12:45 pm, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
Zumix’s Rock/pop ensemble “Divercity Band,” takes the stage for a high-energy show sure to get you moving. Zumix is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing top-quality arts experiences for low-income, under-served youth.

AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra
2 – 2:45 pm, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra is an 11 member group directed by Obuamah Laud Addy, an award winning West African Ghanaian musician and composer. Featuring original compositions, ACCO brings together polyrhythmic beats from African roots music with the melodic qualities found on the steel pans and the Irish pennywhistle, along with the trumpet, saxophone, bass, guitar, flute, accordion, percussion, and vocals.

Boston Tap Company
4 - 4:45 pm, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
Boston Tap Company is led by Sean Fielder, who has performed with Missy Elliot and participated in the national tour of “Noise Funk.” The Boston Tap Company, who will be performing “Moments in Time,” at the ICA, believes "The Only Way To Be Different Is To Be Yourself."

Floor of the Forest
1, 3 and 4 pm (Dance/Draw exhibition, 4th floor)
Presented as part of Dance/Draw, Trisha Brown’s Floor of the Forest—part sculpture, part dance prop, part performance—features a 12 x 14-foot steel pipe frame across which ropes are tied and densely threaded with used clothing. Within the structure two dancers wend and weave, literally dressing and undressing their way through the sculpture. Each 20-minute performance is subject to chance, allowing the individuality of each dancer who performs it to determine their movements, meaning no two performances are ever the same.

Art Chat (4th floor galleries)
Exchange ideas about the art on view with an ICA Tour Guide. Whether if you have a quick question or want to go deeper into a work of art, our guides are ready to chat.

About the ICA
This fall, the Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates its 75th anniversary with an exciting season of exhibitions, performance and festivities. Like its iconic building on Boston’s waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Admission I $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 pm. Free admission for families (2 adults + children 12 and under) on last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit


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