Awaken your senses through art-making and theatrical play! Build 3D collages with this month’s Art Lab artist Maya Erdelyi. Jump into theatrical play in the theater with Little Uprisings and The Gottabees for their newest collaboration, Space for Change.

NOTE: All visitors ages 2+ are required to wear a face mask in the theater. 

Reserve free admission tickets online in advance* and join us for art-making and family activities. Explore exhibitions in the galleries: Napoleon Jones‐Henderson: I Am As I Am – A Man, The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, and Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory. Keep creating at home with a curated selection of downloadable activities that explore the art of storytelling. 

*On Saturday, May 28, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed entry tickets are required, and advance reservations are strongly recommended. Day-of tickets are not guaranteed.

Note: Swinguerra contains a brief sequence of flashing light which may not be suitable for people with visual sensitivities. This artwork also includes explicit language.

Art-making with artist Maya Erdelyi, 11 AM–4 PM, Art Lab

Engage as a family in a hands-on art-making with this month’s visiting artist. Build 3D colorful collages and explore new art materials as a family! Our art-making investigations are developed for children and adults to work on together. All activities are drop-in, first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Space for Change, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 2nd Floor Theater 

Build! Traverse! Connect! Join Little Uprisings and The Gottabees as we make a Space for Change. Join us for a 20-minute interactive performance at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, or 3 PM. All performances are similar. We will work in community to build a safe space for all using simple materials, a little theatricality, live music, and a lot of joy. All activities are drop-in, first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited.
NOTE: All visitors ages 2+ are required to wear a face mask in the theater. 
This project is made possible (in part) by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.

In the Galleries, 10 AM–5 PM

 

Activity cards with prompts and graphics

Our Visitor Assistants are always eager to talk about the artworks on view and answer your questions. Pick up a gallery game card to explore the museum as a “Thinker, Maker, Explorer, or Performer”. Great for a variety of ages and for intergenerational audiences to play together. Cards available on the 4th floor. Questions? Ask a VA on the 4th floor. Only #2 pencils allowed in the galleries.

ICA Watershed

Bring your Play Date experience to East Boston, and see our newly opened Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms at the ICA Watershed! Entry to the Watershed is free. ICA Water Shuttle service between the ICA and the ICA Watershed is free with ICA general admission and requires a timed ticket to board. There will be no Play Date activities held at the Watershed. Reserve Water Shuttle tickets (which includes general admission to the museum) with code PLAYDATE here

Artist Bio

A woman with long brown hair smiles at her desk with artmaking materials displayed and small drawings hanging in the background

Photo by Allison Cekala

Maya Erdelyi is an award-winning animator, artist and educator. She creates intricate hand-made animations, collages and installations inspired by imaginary worlds, music, memories and dreams. Ingredients in her work include: printmaking, painting, puppetry, stop-motion, bold colors, patterns and found paper textures.   

www.mayaerdelyi.com | @mayaillusionerdelyi 

Maya is one of the Bank of America Art Lab artists featured in Bridging Creativity: Art Lab from home to here. Learn more about the installation here.

 

 

About Space for Change

Two adult women interact with each other outdoors, smiling, with a stuffed chicken

Play for Change, led by Tanya Nixon-Silberg (Little Uprisings) & Bonnie Duncan (The Gottabees), are immersive theatrical experiences for families featuring puppetry, live music and art-making to talk about power, joy and liberation. Tanya and Bonnie bring their expertise as educators for racial justice and theater makers for young audiences to empower youth to imagine themselves as change makers, to practice being change makers, and to ultimately be the change makers. All activities are drop-in, first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited.

This project is made possible (in part) by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.

 

The Boston Foundation logo

 

Art at Home

Tell your story. Download and work on these artist-designed Art Lab at Home activities:

A three-dimensional abstract artwork comprised of brightly cut out, irregularly shaped paper fitted together
Illustration of sun and cloud with mindfulness tips
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A polaroid photograph of orange peels inside the same orange peel on a wooden deck.
A pair of hands applying glue to a paper cup with a plastic knife. A flower drawing and design on the table.

 

Questions? Reach us at familyprograms@icaboston.org

 


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ICA Kids and Family programs are supported, in part, by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Willow Tree Fund, and Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.