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Spend Father’s Day at the ICA! Take the water shuttle across the harbor to the ICA Watershed and see a mesmerizing new installation by artist Hew Locke, on view in the U.S. for the first time. At the ICA in Seaport, dive deep under the sea in Wu Tsang: Of Whales, explore a light-dappled blue grotto by Firelei Báez, and see the rich interplay of imagery and text in Wordplay.

Don’t miss your the final day to get creative in Destiny Doorways, an installation by Boston artist Mithsuca Berry. Enter a colorful, nature-inspired space where you can design your own visual or written affirmations.

Browse gifts in the for the paternal figure in your life in the ICA Store. At the ICA Wine + Coffee Bar, enjoy special donuts with dad and take in breathtaking views of the harbor together.

ICA Watershed 
Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina 
256 Marginal Street, Boston 

Gala Co-Chairs  

Natalie Lemle  

Mario Russo 

Sponsorship Levels 

Reserve table

Premier $100,000 

Presenting $50,000 

Lead $30,000 

Event $15,000 

All sponsorship packages include an extraordinary evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and special performance for 20, 12, 10, or 8 guests. Levels correspond with priority table placement and recognition prominence. 

Single Ticket $ 2,500 (available for purchase in September 2024)  

To secure your sponsorship, please contact the Development Office at 617-478-3147 or development@icaboston.org.  

Sponsorships and tickets are non-refundable. The fair market value of goods and services received (nondeductible) is $250 per attending Gala guest. Please note that U.S. Government regulations limit grants for event sponsorship or tickets from Donor Advised Funds: the full cost of tickets used as part of a sponsorship, including tax deductible and nondeductible portions, must be given from personal funds. 

For Director’s Circle members +

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.

Enjoy the extravagantly beautiful work of Firelei Báez with guided tours of the exhibition and select artful gifts at the ICA Store. Relax at the waterfront ICA Wine + Coffee Bar offering a range of special treats to celebrate the day.  

Open to members at the Associate level and above.

Celebrate the start of the summer on the waterfront at this exclusive annual member event! Kick off the season with a special performance by the Leland Baker Quartet and a complimentary selection of drinks at the ICA Wine + Coffee Bar.

Not an Associate+ member? Upgrade your membership or become a member at the Associate level by emailing membership@icaboston.org.

Schedule of Events

  • 5:30–6:15 PM: First set from Leland Baker Quartet
  • 6:30 PM: Remarks from John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director and Curator of Performing Arts
  • 6:45–7:30 PM: Second set from Leland Baker Quartet

Join friends and supporters of the ICA to celebrate the opening of Firelei Báez.

Enjoy a special look at the exhibitions and complimentary refreshments at this exciting evening event! RSVP to icaopening@icaboston.org. Not a member? Join now to attend the opening. Free for members.


The opening celebration of Firelei Báez is supported by Christie’s.

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Firelei Báez is organized by Eva Respini, Deputy Director and Director of Curatorial Programs, Vancouver Art Gallery, (former Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA/Boston), with Tessa Bachi Haas, Curatorial Assistant.

Major support for Firelei Báez is provided by is provided by Hauser & Wirth, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Karen and Brian Conway, David and Jocelyne DeNunzio, Mathieu O. Gaulin, The Kotzubei-Beckmann Family Philanthropic Fund, Lise and Jeffrey Wilks, an anonymous donor, the Jennifer Epstein Fund for Women Artists, and the ICA’s Avant Guardian Society.

Join us for a special in-gallery musical performance, featuring Cicely Carew—one of the 2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize artists—on singing bowls, and Rhéa Gibson on cello. 

Cicely Carew wields the formal, material, and sculptural aspects of painting to evoke feelings of radical joy, hope, and liberation. Her works explore the fleeting magic of the present through vibrant color, rebellious mark-making, sweeping gestures, and references to the terrestrial and cosmic worlds. In addition to group exhibitions and commissions by Now + There at the Prudential Center in Boston, she has had solo exhibitions at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Commons in Provincetown, Northeastern University, and Simmons University. She is the recipient of the 2021 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, an Artful Seeds Fellowship, and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award. Her work is in the collections of Fidelity, Simmons University, Northeastern University, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Federal Reserve of Boston. In addition to her studio practice, she is a wellness coach and educator, having served as the 2021–22 artist in residence at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, as well as teaching workshops for the New Art Center in Newton and screen printing for Lesley University. Carew earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Lesley University’s College of Art + Design. She resides with her son in Cambridge. 

Rhéa Gibson, originally from Cambridge, MA, is an educator and musician who began playing cello at the age of 7 after hearing Yo-Yo Ma perform at a school assembly.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and music (cello performance) from Emory University and a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Arts in Education.   

Her cello has taken her overseas as a member of various ensembles and led her to become an orchestra director for several public and public charter schools in Atlanta, GA.  She enjoyed performing on occasion as part of a duet called “Solely Strings” in Atlanta until moving back to Cambridge with her 3 young boys in 2016.  Most recently her cello has brought her to her current position as Director of Programs for City Strings United, a youth development/music education program based in Roxbury, MA.  Offering sound baths for meditation, relaxation, and healing is her most recent musical endeavor which she finds particularly enriching and rewarding.

Let’s dance! Discover some of the Caribbean’s most popular dance forms in these fun introductory sessions led by internationally renowned dance and music company, Masacote Entertainment. Each drop-in session will be led by an experienced dance coach and focus on a different genre, including merengue, rumba, bachata, and salsa. All experience and ability levels welcomed! Dance partner not required. Comfortable shoes are recommended.  

Make the most of your ICA visit! Explore works of art in our galleries. Then enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and more. Be sure to drop into the ICA Store and bring a bit of ICA art and inspiration home with you afterward. 

About the Dancers

The Masacote Dance Company specializes in performing and teaching Afro-Latin Dance. It has been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Berklee Performance Center. The troupe has also toured extensively across 5 continents, earning an international reputation as ambassadors of Afro-Latin dance and music. Masacote’s awards include the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance.

Local artists and creative leaders reflect on the Caribbean’s history and impact on the city of Boston in this one-night discussion co-hosted with ICA Artist Advisor and former Poet Laureate for the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges. The panelists will explore what the Caribbean means to them and how “Caribbean-ness” manifests in Boston, particularly in the creative sector. Guest speakers include spoken word artist and educator Anthony Febo, Gabriel Sosa of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Althea Blackford the founder of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week, and City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia.

About the Moderator

Danielle Legros Georges is poet, literary translator, and editor whose work sits in the areas of contemporary U.S. poetry, Black and African-diasporic poetry and literature, and Caribbean and Haitian studies. The author of several books of poetry including Maroon, The Dear Remote Nearness of You, and Island Heart, translations of the poems of 20th-century Haitian-French poet Ida Faubert, her poems have been widely published, anthologized, and commissioned. She has received fellowships and grants from institutions including The Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASS MoCA, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Boston Foundation. In 2014, Legros Georges was named Boston’s Poet Laureate. Her four-year term included collaborations with area artists, literary organizations, museums, libraries, and schools; and representing Boston at international literary events.  

About the Panelists

Born in the Dominican Republic, City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia arrived in the 
neighborhood of Dorchester when she was five years old. Raised by a single mother who was 
undocumented for most of her childhood, she was forced at an early age to speak up on behalf 
of her mother and others who felt ignored by the very institutions that were supposed to serve 
them. Driven by a lifelong pursuit of justice and equity, Councilor Mejia has created countless 
opportunities for others to step into their power and advocate for positive change as a 
community organizer. Following the 2019 election AND a historic two-month recount, Julia won 
her seat by a single vote and is now the first Afro-Latina to sit on the Boston City Council. Mejia 
is currently the Chair of the Committee on Education, the Committee on Government 
Accountability, Transparency, and Accessibility as well as the Committee on Labor, Workforce, 
and Economic Development. 

Gabriel Sosa is a Cuban-American artist, educator, and curator. Sosa works at the intersection of drawing, public art, and community engagement. His work has been shown at Fitchburg Art Museum; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba; Tufts University Art Galleries; A R E A, Boston; and Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia. He has participated in residencies at Lugar a dudas, The Art & Law Program, Materia Abierta, Urbano Project, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Mass MoCA, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Most recently, he was named one of The Makers by WBUR, a series highlighting creatives of color making an impact in the region. Sosa is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Education Department at MassArt, and Deputy Director of Essex Art Center, a community arts nonprofit in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

Althea Blackford is a trailblazer in production and entertainment. As the owner of VStyle Productions, she’s the creative mind behind the local fashion TV show “Style It Up” on Boston Neighborhood Network, spotlighting New England fashion designers. Her commitment to showcasing talent extends beyond regional boundaries, as she also stands as the visionary Founder and Executive Producer of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week. Here, the vibrant tapestry of Caribbean culture unfurls through the artistry of both costume and clothing designers, firmly establishing Althea as a cultural curator in the heart of Boston. As the founder and travel advisor of Destination Let’s Go, Althea turns travel dreams into reality. With over a decade of expertise, she specializes in crafting personalized Caribbean group trips, all-inclusive getaways, romantic retreats, and adventurous experiences, offering a stress-free booking process. Althea Blackford is a storyteller, weaving tales of style and exploration. Join her on a journey where every moment is a celebration of culture, fashion, and the joy of discovery. 

Anthony Febo is a Puerto Rican poet, teaching artist, and new dad living in Arlington, MA. He is a co-founder of the Lowell-based youth poetry organization FreeVerse! and has toured the country individually and as half of Adobo-Fish-Sauce: a cooking and poetry collaboration. He has competed on numerous slam teams at the National Poetry Slam and has coached even more youth teams at the international Brave New Voices and Massachusetts Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festivals. Through Adobo-Fish-Sauce, he was a recipient of the MassART and City of Boston’s Radical Imagination for Racial Justice Grant, the New England Foundation for the Arts Public Art for Spatial Justice Grant, and The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston Grant. They have been awarded residencies at the Boston Center for the Arts, the National Teen Arts Convening at the ICA Boston, and the Strange Foundation in New York’s Catskill Mountains. A teaching artist for over 15 years, Febo has taught at various non-profits in the Greater Boston area as well as theaters and museums such as the ICA. In fact, Febo was one of the teaching artists chosen to develop a weeklong professional development with Italian educators at the Venice Biennale teaching the pedagogy used in the ICA’s Wall Talk program. As an artist, Febo’s work examines what it means to actively choose joy in the face of what is trying to break you. Weaving performance into his writing, he examines issues such as toxic masculinity, family, culture, identity, and the role representation plays into a person’s development. His first full-length book of poetry, Becoming an Island, was published though Game Over Books. 

Celebrate Caribbean culture at the ICA, with a panel discussion featuring Boston cultural leaders and innovators, music from DJ KNSZWRTH, a special pop-up menu from Fresh Food Generation, and free admission to Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today.

ICA Forum: A Caribbean Boston, 7 PM

Tickets for the forum are FREE and available online at 10 AM, January 23. Limit 2 per person. Please check in on the day of event by 6:45 PM. Unclaimed tickets will be released 15 mins before event.

Local artists and creative leaders reflect on the Caribbean’s history and impact on the city of Boston in this one-night discussion cohosted with ICA Artist Advisor and former Poet Laureate for the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges. The panelists will explore what the Caribbean means to them and how “Caribbean-ness” manifests in Boston, particularly in the creative sector. Guest speakers include spoken word artist and educator Anthony Febo, Gabriel Sosa of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Althea Blackford the founder of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week, and City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia.

 

Bites + Beats, 5:30–8:30 PM

Tickets are not required to enjoy bites + beats.

Enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and special menu items with bold Caribbean and Southern flavors from Fresh Food Generation, while listening to the sounds of DJ KNSZWRTH

Visit the Galleries, 5–9 PM

Admission is free on Free Thursday Nights

Make the most of your visit and explore the ICA’s featured exhibition, Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s to Today. Be sure to also stop at the ICA’s Poss Family Mediatheque computers to read about five artists of Caribbean heritage living and working in Boston and their impact on the city. Featured artists include J. Cottle, Allentza Michel, Yvette Modestin, Mar Parrilla, and Romy Saint Hilaire. (Digital content is presented in partnership with Romy St. Hilaire, founder of Art in the Antilles which supports Afro-Caribbean artists to equitably navigate the creative economy).