Nina Chanel Abney, installation view (detail), the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019. Courtesy of Nina Chanel Abney Studio. Photo by Kris Wilton. © Nina Chanel Abney
This event is FREE but space is limited. Advance tickets will be available online starting Feb 12. Limited tickets will be available onsite the day of the event. See additional ticketing info below.
Join Boston-based social justice project Wee the People for a two-part workshop celebrating black identity, creativity, and cultural expression. Kids and caregivers of all backgrounds are welcome.
Session 1 will feature an interactive storytime where kids will explore the lives and contemporary art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Nina Chanel Abney, two artists whose revolutionary work champions Black lives, celebrates resistance, and radicalizes mainstream art spaces.
In Session 2, kids will dive into their own art-making activity with Identity Collages, creating collages that reflect and celebrate Black culture, circles of community, and kids’ hopes for change in the world.
About Wee The People
Wee The People (WTP) is a Boston-based social justice project for children ages 6 to 12. Launched in 2015, WTP organizes interactive workshops and events that explore activism, protest, equity, and social action through the visual and performing arts. Wee The People is grounded in the belief that if kids can understand fairness, they can understand justice. WTP’s curriculum features originally designed, interactive games that tap into kids’ innate love of play to foster learning. WTP programming also includes large-scale events incorporating sign-making, street marches, and teach-ins using children’s books aligned with core values of empathy, equity, racial justice, and social justice. In addition, WTP organizes seminars focused on practices and strategies for race-conscious parenting.
Note that tickets for Wee Wear the Crowns do not include gallery access. Timed tickets are required for gallery access the day of the event and are limited; we encourage visitors who would like to visit exhibitions including William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects to arrive early in the day. Access to Nina Chanel Abney’s piece and the entire first floor of the ICA is always free.