Join us on July 31st for a virtual Play Date as we continue to create and connect, even when we are apart. Inspired by the portraits in our collection, explore themes of identity and community. How do we see and express ourselves? How can we continue to care for ourselves and each other? Join ICA educators and friends for a day of virtual art making and more!

Advanced registration required and is currently closed. Workshops will be held on Zoom and will be live and interactive. 

All activities are designed for kids and their grownups to participate together (adults participating must be accompanied by a youth). Recommended ages are provided as a guide, but you know your child best! If you have questions about a particular workshop, don’t hesitate to reach us at

Live program schedule

Creating Comics with LJ (ages 6+)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Join Boston-based cartoonist and educator LJ Baptiste for a live illustration and comics-making session on Zoom where we’ll explore character design, self-expression and our unique identities through storytelling. Children ages 6 and up and their adults are invited to attend together. 

You’ll want to collect and bring these materials: 

  • Paper 
  • Pencil 


  • Coloring supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc) 
  • If you have a favorite comic book at home, bring it along for inspiration! 

Exploring Art with Jessie (recommended ages 5+)
1:30 – 2 PM EST

Join ICA educator Jessie Miyu Magyar in this interactive virtual workshop where we’ll explore portraits from the ICA’s permanent art collection. Be sure to bring paper and something to write and draw with! 

Family Dance Party with Urbanity Dance (all-ages)
3 – 3:45 PM EST

Join Boston-based contemporary dance company Urbanity Dance for a live family dance party on Zoom! Dancer and instructor Alex Davis will lead families through an expressive and interactive dance party. Children of all-ages and adults are invited to attend together. Before the session you’ll want to clear some space so you can move freely and safely during the dance party!

Instructor Bios

Jessie Miyu Magyar

Jessie is the School and Family Programs Manager at the ICA/Boston. She is an artist, educator, art therapist, and researcher forever shaped by her multicultural roots and the transformative power of the arts. She loves helping young people and families discover contemporary art and their creative identities.

LJ Baptiste

LJ-Baptiste is a cartoonist from Boston that works in the art of storytelling via comics, animation, and art education. He is the author of the comic bookseries COMIXSCAPE, has collaborated with Google, PBS, Hasbro. LJ is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and is a faculty person at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Boston. LJ teaches comics to children, teens, and adults.

Urbanity Dance

Urbanity Dance is a nonprofit arts organization that exists to inspire, engage, and empower individuals and communities through the art of dance and movement. Urbanity organizational pillars include a Professional Contemporary Dance Company, a dance school for adults and youth and community partnerships with Boston Public Schools, individuals living with Parkinson Disease, and those who have experienced incarceration, homelessness, or violence.

Your support helps keeps programs like this – both virtual and in-person – free and accessible in this time of uncertainty. If you are able, please consider becoming a member or making a one-time gift to support the ICA.

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