Join the ICA as we celebrate 10 years on the waterfront with 10 days of activities, performances, art-making, and reduced admission. Festivities kick off Thursday, December 1 and culminate with a free community day on Saturday, December 10.  

Weekdays from December 1–9

$10 admission, free morning coffee and hot chocolate, and ICA staff-led spotlight talks

Thursday, December 1 (Free admission 5–9 PM)

  • Island Creek Oyster Bar (ICOB)/Row 34 Chef Jeremy Sewall signing his books Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw and The New England Kitchen
  • Plus, Island Creek Oyster pop-up raw bar and free shucking demonstrations

Friday, December 2

  • Turn back the clock for holiday fun at First Fridays: “Snowball ’06” ($10/free for members)

Saturday, December 3

  • Choreographer Heidi Latsky returns with body positive “movement installation” ON DISPLAY, in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
  • Art-making in Make/Made

Sunday, December 4

  • Teen Takeover: Free for teens! Teen Arts Council pop-up talks; a drop-in collective audio project; and The Current, a new program where teens discuss social issues through the lens of contemporary art
  • Artmaking in Make/Made

Monday, December 5 (ICA is closed)

  • Go Digital: ICA followers can vote online for their favorite ICA event of the past 10 years and be registered for a chance to receive a private tour

Thursday, December 8 (Free admission 5–9 PM)

Friday, December 9

  • Gillian Wearing site-specific mural opens on Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall in ICA lobby. Catch spotlight talks at 7 and 8
  • Films: Catch culty favorite British Arrows in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater

Saturday, December 10: FREE COMMUNITY DAY


  • 11:30 | Branches Steel Orchestra – Dorchester’s Branches Steel Orchestra brings the traditional calypso music of Trinidad and the West Indies, as well as modern classics of pop, R&B, spirituals, jazz, soca, and reggae
  • 1:30 | Dances from Everyday Cabaret – Some of the region’s best performers come together in this entertaining revue showcasing a variety of popular styles. With Peter DiMuro, Artistic Director of Public Displays of Motion & Executive Director of the Dance Complex, as emcee and guide
  • 3:30 | Music from the African Diaspora – Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory students from Africa, Brazil, and the U.S. showcase international sounds


  • Artmaking in the Bank of America Art Lab; see yourself projected around the building as part of a special site-specific installation by Boston-based artist Susannah Lawrence
  • Pop-Up Talks + Tours: Go behind the scenes to learn more about the building on its 10th birthday
  • The Object Project: Become part of a podcast, looking at idiosyncratic relationships to possessions and collecting, by talking about a beloved object
  • Hearts for Art: Show some love for works in the ICA collection
  • Free coffee for early birds 10–11 AM
  • Plus giveaways, Japanese calligraphy, and more courtesy of UNIQLO (ICA Teen Programs sponsor)

UNIQLO is a sponsor of ICA Teen Programs

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