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Join fellow Director’s Circle members for a private, after-hours tour of Hew Locke: The Procession and gallery conversation with Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs.

Please contact dcevents@icaboston.org to RSVP.

Not a Director’s Circle member? Upgrade your membership or become a member at the Director’s Circle by emailing membership@icaboston.org.

Join us at the ICA Watershed for a day of family fun featuring activities in connection with the themes of Hew Locke: The Procession. Learn about gardening practices from Eastie Farm and take home your own seeds and a nature-inspired artistic creation! Reflect on how growing food can be another way to sustain and celebrate communal traditions. For our final summer Play Date, we groove and grow together! Reserve free admission tickets online in advance*. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited. Tickets will be available for members beginning on July 10 and for the general public on July 17.

Stay tuned for a full schedule of activities!

*On Saturday, August 31st, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed tickets must be reserved online in advance for Watershed shuttle boats. Use the code PLAYDATE when reserving your ticket(s). Advance tickets are strongly recommended; day-of tickets are not guaranteed. For access to the ICA Watershed from Seaport, visitors should select the General Admission + Water Shuttle ticket. Admission to the Watershed is always free.

The Watershed is located within the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston at 256 Marginal Street. Accessible parking is available at the Watershed. Limited street parking is available nearby. Visitors can also reach the Watershed by public transportation – the building is 0.5 miles from Maverick Station on the Blue Line.

Free Admission for Youth

Youth 18 and under always receive FREE museum admission. The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time—and we do this with the incredible support of our community. Explore the +1 Membership: a free ICA membership program for youth 0-18.

Questions? Reach out to us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.


+1 Membership is generously supported by Vertex.

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Hew Locke: The Procession was originally commissioned by Tate Britain for its 2022 Tate Britain Commission. The ICA Watershed presentation is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Anni A. Pullagura, Consulting Assistant Curator, in collaboration with Tate.

Support for Hew Locke: The Procession is provided by David Feinberg and Marina Kalb, and an anonymous donor.

ICA Watershed programs are supported by Eastern Bank.

Join us at the ICA Watershed for a day of family fun exploring Hew Locke: The Procession. Consider what it means to be in a procession: What do processions celebrate, commemorate, or challenge? What do you bring, wear, or do during one? Who would you invite to join you? Make a dazzling flag to carry and fly, read stories of journeys and celebrations, and explore the incredible characters and details of The Procession! Reserve free admission tickets online in advance*. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited.

*On Saturday, June 29, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed tickets must be reserved online in advance for Watershed shuttle boats. Use the code PLAYDATE when reserving your ticket(s). Advance tickets are strongly recommended; day-of tickets are not guaranteed. For access to the ICA Watershed from Seaport, visitors should select the General Admission + Water Shuttle ticket.

The Watershed is located within the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston at 256 Marginal Street. Accessible parking is available at the Watershed. Limited street parking is available nearby. Visitors can also reach the Watershed by public transportation – the building is 0.5 miles from Maverick Station on the Blue Line.

Artmaking in the Harbor Room: Fly Your Flag! | 11 AM–3 PM

Harbor Room, Watershed

Create a flag that represents you! People often use flags to tell something about their identities, interests, or communities. Using decorative paper, punches, trim, and stencils, tell a story about yourself through your own flag. You can also find inspiration from Hew Locke’s exhibition and discover the meaning behind the many flags in The Procession.

Summer Reading with the Boston Public Library

Harbor Room, Watershed

Discover new books, characters, and learn more about the Boston Public Library’s free resources! Families will be able to meet BPL staff from the East Boston branch, sign up for library cards, and read specially selected books based on the stories and themes of The Procession.

Books + Looks | 11:30 AM + 12:30 PM

4th Floor Galleries, Seaport

For those visiting the ICA at the Seaport, enjoy staff-led readings of family-friendly books in the galleries! Afterwards, pick up a Summer Family Gallery Guide, and explore the exhibitions on view.

Free Admission for Youth

Youth 18 and under always receive FREE museum admission. The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time—and we do this with the incredible support of our community. Explore the +1 Membership: a free ICA membership program for youth 0-18.

Questions? Reach out to us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.


+1 Membership is generously supported by Vertex.

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Please note: Play Date in June, July, and August will take place at the ICA Watershed, located in East Boston!

Join us at the ICA Watershed for a day of family fun featuring activities in connection with Hew Locke: The Procession. Enjoy a live musical performance, learn about Caribbean Carnival’s history and significance, and create wearable art inspired by the costumes of Carnival. Get ready to parade and party! 

*On Saturday, July 27th, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed tickets must be reserved online in advance for Watershed shuttle boats. Use the code PLAYDATE when reserving your ticket(s). Advance tickets are strongly recommended; day-of tickets are not guaranteed. For access to the ICA Watershed from Seaport, visitors should select the General Admission + Water Shuttle ticket. Admission to the Watershed is always free.

The Watershed is located within the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston at 256 Marginal Street. Accessible parking is available at the Watershed. Limited street parking is available nearby. Visitors can also reach the Watershed by public transportation – the building is 0.5 miles from Maverick Station on the Blue Line.

Playing Mas with Boston Society of Caribbean Culture and Heritage (BSOCCAH) | 11 AM–3 PM

Harbor Room

Families can learn about the history and traditions of “Playing Mas” (participating in Carnival) and create wearable costumes inspired by Mas (short for Masquerade) with BSOCCAH! After learning and making, visitors can explore how symbols and characters of Carnival are reflected in Hew Locke’s sculptures all around the Watershed. Artmaking is drop-in on a first come first served basis. 

Ideas, Not Theories – Bicycle Beats by Reynaliz Herrera | 12:15, 1:15, + 2:15 PM

15 minute sessions
Harbor Room

Ideas, Not Theories- Bicycle Beats is a short musical performance of a solo percussion piece written for bicycle, which incorporates theatrical elements in the form of physical theater. Composed and performed by Reynaliz Herrera, the mini performance features different sections of music, each exploring the different sonorities of the musical bike (frame, wheel, chainwheel, spokes, etc) and each of them inspired by world rhythms such as Afro-Cuban and Brazilian, and some composition techniques such as polyrhythms. The piece is a through-composed work, intertwined with some physical theater elements. 

Free Admission for Youth

Youth 18 and under always receive FREE museum admission. The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time—and we do this with the incredible support of our community. Explore the +1 Membership: a free ICA membership program for youth 0-18.

About IDEAS, NOT THEORIES

Founded and directed by Reynaliz Herrera, IDEAS, NOT THEORIES is a theatrical percussion company for unconventional percussion instruments that offers several programs featuring Reynaliz Herrera’s original music and compositions for bicycles and other unconventional instruments.  

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About Boston Society of Caribbean Culture and Heritage

The Boston Society of Caribbean Culture and Heritage (BSOCCAH) is a collective body composed of community stakeholders working to expand the representation and celebration of Caribbean culture in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the curation of thoughtful and engaging public events and activities.

Questions? Reach out to us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.


+1 Membership is generously supported by Vertex.

Vertex logo

Hew Locke: The Procession was originally commissioned by Tate Britain for its 2022 Tate Britain Commission. The ICA Watershed presentation is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Anni A. Pullagura, Consulting Assistant Curator, in collaboration with Tate.

Support for Hew Locke: The Procession is provided by David Feinberg and Marina Kalb, and an anonymous donor.

ICA Watershed programs are supported by Eastern Bank.

Delve into the living culture of the Taíno Peoples with members of the Higuayagua Taíno community of the Caribbean. Explore the rich history of the Taíno, which has been present since time immemorial and continues to resonate in the Caribbean and beyond. This interactive session is presented in collaboration with the Community Healing Center and is open to both English and Spanish speakers. 

This event has been organized to accompany the ICA Watershed exhibition—Hew Locke: The Procession. Poetic and powerful, the installation draws on the metaphor of the voyage to, in the artist’s words, “reflect on the cycles of history, and the ebb and flow of cultures, people, finance, and power.” 

Find directions on how to get to the Watershed here.

Hew Locke: The Procession was originally commissioned by Tate Britain for its 2022 Tate Britain Commission. The ICA Watershed presentation is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Anni A. Pullagura, Consulting Assistant Curator, in collaboration with Tate.

Support for Hew Locke: The Procession is provided by David Feinberg and Marina Kalb, and an anonymous donor.

ICA Watershed programs are supported by Eastern Bank.

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Join Anni Pullagura, Yale Center for British Art Postdoctoral Fellow and ICA Consulting Assistant Curator for a deep dive into Hew Locke: The Procession at the ICA Watershed. In this drop-in program, Pullagura will explore the artist’s inspiration, motifs, and unique symbolic material choices. Learn more about Hew Locke and The Procession, which explores why people gather and move together. 

 Find directions on how to get to the Watershed

Hew Locke: The Procession was originally commissioned by Tate Britain for its 2022 Tate Britain Commission. The ICA Watershed presentation is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Anni A. Pullagura, Consulting Assistant Curator, in collaboration with Tate.

Support for Hew Locke: The Procession is provided by David Feinberg and Marina Kalb, and an anonymous donor.

ICA Watershed programs are supported by Eastern Bank.

Learn about Caporales, a traditional high-energy Andean dance. This interactive workshop at the Watershed will be led by the Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC), an East Boston arts organization that seeks to foster, share, and celebrate Latino cultures. Performers from East Boston and Caporales San Simon New England will join Robles to share the history, cultural influences, and traditions of Caporales followed by a demonstration of this folkloric dance. As described by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Caporales, “acknowledges the African slave experience of Bolivia, and honors Afro-Bolivian identity and cultural expressions.”

This workshop has been organized to accompany the ICA Watershed exhibition—Hew Locke: The Procession. Poetic and powerful, the installation draws on the metaphor of the voyage to, in the artist’s words, “reflect on the cycles of history, and the ebb and flow of cultures, people, finance, and power.” 

Tickets are not required for the dance workshop. 

Find directions on how to get to the Watershed here.

Hew Locke: The Procession was originally commissioned by Tate Britain for its 2022 Tate Britain Commission. The ICA Watershed presentation is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Anni A. Pullagura, Consulting Assistant Curator, in collaboration with Tate.

Support for Hew Locke: The Procession is provided by David Feinberg and Marina Kalb, and an anonymous donor.

ICA Watershed programs are supported by Eastern Bank.

ICA Watershed 
256 Marginal Street 
Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina 

East Boston Chamber of Commerce and Veronica Robles Cultural Center are hosting the second annual East Boston Holiday Bazaar at the ICA Watershed! Shop local makers, artisans, and fooderies, and enjoy family-friendly music, dance performances, and a photo with Santa.  

Please note, there is no public parking at the ICA Watershed and street parking is limited.  The Watershed is .5 miles from the MBTA Blue Line/Maverick Station stop. VROCC will provide a free shuttle service to the ICA Watershed from Maverick Square at 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, and 4:45 PM.

Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC) presents “El Dia de los Muertos,” New England’s largest Day of the Dead Festival and Parade, on Sunday, October 29 in two locations in East Boston: The day will begin at the ICA Watershed with a presentation of 21 altars created by local artists and community members and will include a parade to Central Square Park in East Boston for Community Ofrenda. The Day of the Dead festival at Central Square Park will feature live music, performances, a Catrina contest, artisans, local food vendors, and ongoing shuttle bus trips to the ICA Watershed to view the altars. Now in its 10th year, this important festival brings the rich tradition of El Dia de los Muertos to families in East Boston and beyond.

Schedule

11 AM – 5 PM | Dia de los Muertos at the ICA Watershed 

— Altars on view

— Ongoing Day of the Dead activities 

— Community Open Mic 

1–2 PM | Catrinas Parade: Parade from ICA Watershed to Central Square Park, East Boston

2–7 PM | Dia de los Muertos Festival in Central Square Park, East Boston, including:

— Entertainment and live music

— Local vendors and food

— Community altar

— 6:30 PM – Catrinas contest and prizes at Central Square Park

Note: Shuttle buses will run between Central Square Park and the ICA 2 PM – 5 PM. The ICA Watershed will close at 5 PM. ICA Water Shuttles will not be running.

Try our Day of the Dead activity

Create an Ofrenda!

Crea una Ofrenda!


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Little Amal — whose name means ‘hope’ in Arabic — is a 12-foot puppet of a refugee Syrian child who has traveled to 13 countries. She began her journey from the Syrian border and carries a message of hope for displaced people everywhere, especially children who have been separated from their families. 

Join the ICA as we welcome Little Amal to East Boston in a special event at the ICA Watershed, where she will be met by music and dancing by Veronica Robles and young performers from the Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC). Meet Little Amal at the corner of Orleans Street and Sumner Street and walk with her as she makes her way to the Watershed for a celebration with music and dancing. Plus, get a final bonus opportunity to view Guadalupe Maravilla’s mesmerizing exhibition at the Watershed, featuring large-scale installations, paintings, and sculptures that retrace and tell the story of the artist’s own migration journey.   

There will be no Water Shuttle service.

Schedule

1–2 PM | Procession with Little Amal and young performers from VROCC
Starting point: Zumix building, Orleans Street x Sumner Street, East Boston
Ending point: ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal Street, East Boston

2 PM | Celebratory musical and dance performances with VROCC
ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal Street, East Boston

Following the event, be sure to visit the East Boston Latin Music and Dance Festival in East Boston Memorial Park. The festival will include Latin American music and dance, delicious food, kids’ activities, local arts & crafts vendors, and will provide a welcoming, family-friendly environment for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Check out other stops on Little Amal’s Boston journey.

The ICA along with American Repertory Theatre (ART) at Harvard University, ArtsEmerson, Company One Theatre, Lars Jan, Boston University Center on Forced Displacement, Boston University Arts Initiative, Extinction Rebellion Boston, Foxborough Public Schools, RefugePoint and The Puppet Free Library, will welcome Little Amal to the city of Boston on September 7–9, 2023. Boston will kick off the 35-city tour from Boston to San Diego where 1,000+ artists and arts organizations will create 100+ events to welcome her.

Amal Walks Across America is produced by The Walk Productions in association with Handspring Puppet Company. 


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Amal Walks Across America was made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation, with additional support from the Backstage Trust, the Barr Foundation, Sunny Bates, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Choose Love, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Ruby Lerner, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Opportunity Fund, The Shapiro Foundation, Students Rebuild, the Thorne Cox Family Foundation, and Barbara Tober. 

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