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The ICA is committed to offering visitors of all ages a range of opportunities to engage with art, artists, and art-making. Below are descriptions of the various programs we offer adult visitors. For a schedule of upcoming talks, see the Calendar.
The ICA offers visitors of all ages the chance to create artworks of their own in the Bank of America Art Lab on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 PM. Developed in collaboration with arts education students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and professional artists, these activities focus on the creative process and allow participants to learn by doing. Past projects have been co-created by Nick Cave, Wes Bruce, Ekua Holmes, Evelyn Rydz, and Saya Woolfalk. Make/Made is free for all visitors with museum admission.
The Artist’s Voice
The Artist’s Voice is a free lecture series featuring some of the most important contemporary artists working today. The program provides an audience with direct access to visionary artists as they discuss their work, influences, and inspirations. Through a combination of lecture and conversation format, The Artist’s Voice offers a meaningful way to focus on art, artists, and the creative process. Previous speakers include Sheila Hicks, Jim Hodges, William Kentridge, Steve Locke, Matthew Ritchie, Mark Dion, Kara Walker, Steve McQueen, and Abbott Miller.
ICA Forums are a new series of discussions on social, cultural, and political topics raised by work on view at the ICA. Drawing on the educational and scholarly communities of the Boston area, these talks engage local art historians, professors, curators, artists, and other experts to share their expertise while facilitating in-depth conversations about art. Upcoming forums are listed under Talks + Courses.
A new take on the book club, ICA Reads connects contemporary literature with art on view at the museum. The museum highlights one book per year, mobilizes (art) audiences to read and share, encourages discussions in front of works of art with similar themes, and introduces the writer in a free public event. Join us in citywide discussion in conjunction with a current exhibition at the ICA. Past books include Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by John Jennings and Damian Duffy, and Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli.
Gallery Talks is a monthly program offered in conjunction with exhibitions to offer visitors new perspectives from experts sharing their knowledge about works on view. Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, including art history, English, cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, African American studies, and the sciences. Talks are free.
Tours + Group Visits
The ICA offers both pop-up tours in the galleries, which are free and offered on a drop-in basis (see the Calendar for upcoming tours), and organized group tours, which must be scheduled in advance.
Learn more about our Tours + Group Visits.
ICA/AIGA Annual Design Lecture
The ICA co-hosts an annual lecture with the American Institute of Graphic Arts that highlights the work of inspiring and influential graphic designers. The program provides an ICA and AIGA audience with direct access to important designers, while providing them with insight into their creative process.