The ICA partners with Thaddeus Miles, photographer, community activist, and founder of the Black Joy Project, to celebrate the second annual Black Joy Day in the City of Boston. The holiday exists to highlight Black music, poetry, and considerate discussions on restorative justice and the empowerment of Black people everywhere. Black Joy Day is not just a celebration, but a form of resistance. As Imani Perry writes, “Joy is not found in the absence of pain and suffering. It exists through it.” This program features musical and spoken word performances by some of the city’s best talents, including Miranda RaeDzidzorCliff Notez, and Niu Raza.

This event welcome people of all ages.

Access to this event is included with regular museum admission and free for ICA members. Timed ticket entry is required. Members are not guaranteed entry if tickets sell out. Advance reservation is strongly recommended.

In the event of extreme weather, this event will be canceled. Any canceled performance will be announced online by 2 PM on the day of the event. Performances are free with general museum admission and tickets are not eligible for refund.

Face coverings are required inside the ICA and the ICA Watershed for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not currently required for events and programming in the ICA’s outside spaces.