Join us for a day of family fun exploring the intersection of art and words! Visit our exhibition Wordplay to see how artists use text in their work. Using inspiration from the galleries, create artwork using letters and words in unexpected ways. Watch performers of all ages from Urbanity Dance interpret stories through dance, then participate in a workshop that combines word games and movement. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited. Reserve free admission tickets online in advance. * 

*On Saturday, April 27, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Tickets must be reserved online in advance. Use the code PLAYDATE when reserving your ticket(s). Advance tickets are strongly recommended; day-of tickets are not guaranteed. 

Transforming Text in the Art Lab | 10 AM–3 PM

1st Floor, Bank of America Art Lab 

Join us in the Art Lab, and make art inspired by Wordplay! Visitors are encouraged to experiment with combining and layering words and letters to create scenes, images, or exciting patterns. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited.   

Dance Showcase with Urbanity Dance | 11 AM–12 PM 

3rd Floor, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater 

Come see a performance showcasing Urbanity’s Youth Performance Groups (Mini, Junior, and Senior Hip Hop Crews, as well as Junior and Senior Contemporary Companies) and Urbanity’s Adult Hip Hop Crew! After the show, audience members will be invited to join the dancers onstage for a short workshop and dance party.   

Movement Workshop with Urbanity Dance | 1–1:30 PM 

2nd Floor, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater 

Join Urbanity faculty and professional company member Haley Day for an on-stage workshop! After a short warm-up, participants will be guided through movement activities themed around word play, journeys, and pathways. Come move, groove, and stretch your creative muscles!

Books + Looks | 10:30 AM + 12:30 PM 

4th Floor, Galleries

Enjoy a staff-led reading of family-friendly storybooks that enhance connection with artwork on view. Think about how authors blend imagery and words to help readers engage with their stories in different ways! 

About the Artists 

Urbanity Dance is a nonprofit arts organization that exists to inspire, engage, and empower individuals and communities through the art of dance and movement. Founded by Director Betsi Graves, Urbanity Dance was created in 2011 in the spirit of three goals: 1) to propel contemporary dance to the forefront of Boston’s cultural landscape; 2) to serve an unmet demand for affordable and accessible dance training; and 3) to leverage dance as a tool to foster bodily autonomy and creativity in local schools and community spaces. Through three interconnected pillars of Company, School, and Community, the organization offers a resilient, powerful community platform that builds synergy, investment, and connection.

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.

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