The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Honors Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Launch Of Free Community Celebration That Places Native American Voices at the Forefront

Presented in Partnership with Akomawt Educational Initiative and Jonathan James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is offering its first free celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 14, presented in partnership with the Akomawt Educational Initiative and Jonathan James-Perry, Tribal Citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation.

The community celebration re-positions Columbus Day as a holiday to honor the original inhabitants of the Americas. Part of the Fenway Alliance’s 18th annual Opening Our Doors Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the MFA recognizes the heritage of Native Americans and the histories of their nations and communities, promoting the artistry of indigenous peoples in Greater Boston and New England. Throughout the day, visitors can explore the Native North American Art Gallery, enjoy music and dance, and drop in on a variety of family art-making activities. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial. Additional programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.

The MFA was founded in 1870 and stands on the historic homelands of the Massachusett people. This event is one step in building bridges and engaging indigenous communities with the Museum through local and region-wide partnerships with artists, performers, educators, tribal nation leaders and community members,” said Makeeba McCreary, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement at the MFA. “As a museum, we acknowledge the long history of the land that we occupy today and seek ways to make these narratives more prominent and visible within our galleries.”

During the celebration, visitors are invited to share their perspectives on Cyrus Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit (1909), a monumental sculpture on the MFA’s Huntington Avenue lawn, through a community-activated art project. Visitor feedback will help to inform the interpretation of the work—continuing conversations that began during a spring 2019 lecture and community discussion. In the afternoon, a welcome and blessing will be held by Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Elizabeth Solomon, Member of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag; Jonathan James-Perry, Tribal Citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation; and Chris Newell, Passamaquoddy, Akomawt Educational Initiatve.

Additional highlights of the community celebration include:

  • Tours in the Native North American Art Gallery co-led by MFA curators and educators from the Akomawt Educational Initiative
  • Native American hoop dance performances by Toronto-based professional hoop dancer Lisa Odjig (Ojibwe), telling the story of creation; narrated by renowned musician Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy), also the co-founder and director of education at the Akomawt Educational Initiative
  • Vocal performances by Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina)
  • Hand drum and contemporary powwow song performances by the Iron River Singers, an intertribal northern style group composed of Ojibwe, Abenaki and Wampanoag singers from the South Coast of Massachusetts
  • Interactive songs and dances by The Kingfisher Dance Theater, featuring members of the Southern New England Native community
  • Art-making activities led by Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) and Kerri Helme (Mashpee Wampanoag)
  • Weaving and beadwork demonstrations with artist Sparrow Plainbull (Haliwa-Saponi)

Indigenous Peoples’ Day one of 11 annual community celebrations at the MFA, co-created with valued community partners, artists and performers, highlighting external perspectives and local expertise. The series includes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year, Nowruz, Memorial Day, Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday, Latinx Heritage Night, ASL Night, Diwali and Hanukkah.

Schedule of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Events. Museum admission is free all day, 10 am–5 pm

Share Your Thoughts

  • 10 am–4 pm | Huntington Avenue Lawn
  • What do you see when you look at Cyrus Dallin’s sculpture Appeal to the Great Spirit? Share your thoughts about this artwork. Your response will inform its future interpretation.

Welcome and Blessing

  • 1:30 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
  • Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Jonathan James-Perry, Tribal Citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation; and Chris Newell, Akomawt Educational Initiative

Native American Hoop Dance Featuring Lisa Odjig (Ojibwe)

  • 11 am and 2 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
  • Watch as two-time World Hoop Dance Champion Lisa Odjig tells the story of creation using music, dance and multiple flexible hoops. Narrated by renowned musician and MC Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy).

Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora Nation)

  • Noon and 3 pm | Remis Auditorium
  • Mother, singer, composer, producer, teacher, and activist—Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through her maternal line. She is known for her fierce vocals and soaring range.

Iron River Singers

  • Enjoy hand drum and contemporary powwow songs from Iron River Singers, an intertribal northern style group comprised of Ojibwe, Abenaki, and Wampanoag singers from the South Coast of Massachusetts.

The Kingfisher Dance Theater

  • 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm | Gallery 250
  • Enjoy interactive song and dance with members of the Southern New England Native community.

Art-making Activities

  • 10 am–1 pm | Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
  • Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag): Wampum
  • 11am–4 pm | Gallery 168
  • Sparrow Plainbull (Haliwa-Saponi): Weaving and beadwork

Examining the Collection Tours

  • 10:30 am and 2:30 pm | Gallery LG33
  • Join Akomawt Educational Initiative educators and MFA curators in the Native North American Art gallery as they discuss the defining characteristics of “Native art” and who gets to make these decisions. Hear about techniques used in the works on display and learn about the ever-changing cultural contexts in which we understand them.

Guided Tours

Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a free guided tour to explore highlights from the Museum’s many collections.

  • 10:30 am | Highlights of the Museum Collections
  • 11:30 am | Art of Asia
  • 12:15 pm | Art of the Americas
  • 12:30 pm | 3 in 30 Minutes
  • 1 pm | Introduction to the Contemporary Collection
  • 1:45 pm | Art of Europe
  • 2:30 pm | Art of the Ancient World
  • 3:15 pm | Highlights of the Museum Collections

Education, access and community programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), connect visitors from Boston’s neighborhoods, New England and around the world with art. The MFA welcomes more than one million visitors annually, serving many through its learning and community engagement programs. Opportunities for free and discounted admission for students, teachers, children, EBT card holders and military personnel and veterans can be found at, including free access for college students through the MFA’s University Membership and Pozen Community College Access program. Visitors can also learn about access programming for visitors with disabilities online, which includes free entry for personal care attendants. Additionally, the MFA Citizens program offers free one-year family memberships to newly naturalized U.S. citizens living in Massachusetts. The Museum is free for all after 4 pm every Wednesday and offers 11 free community celebrations annually. Each year, the Museum welcomes approximately 55,000 students and teachers—kindergarten through high school—for school group visits. Additional educational programming includes gallery talks, lectures, artist demonstrations, studio art classes and art-making workshops for hospital patients. In 2020, the MFA is marking its 150th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of generosity, community and inclusion through a series of special events and initiatives.

The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide: American Girl Unveils New Must-Have Products Ahead of the Holiday Season

This week, American Girl unveiled its top holiday products for the 2019 season including new personalized gifts, premium accessories for the brand’s flagship historical line and doll kits that are designed to build self-esteem in girls. All items are available now in American Girl retail store locations and on

American Girl is a storied brand that creates premium experiences for girls and there is no more important time to deliver on that promise than the holiday season,” said Jamie Cygielman, President of American Girl. “We have something for everyone – from personalized gifts to heirloom-quality accessories – designed to be loved by girls today and passed on to future generations.

The Ultimate Personalized American Girl Experience

American Girl’s brand-new Gift Box Experience takes customization to the next level. (Photo: Business Wire)

Long known for creating premium personalized products, American Girl is taking customization to the next level with its new Gift Box Experience, a custom-curated collection filled with just-right items to fuel a girl’s imagination and aspirations. Gift-givers fill out an online quiz that helps them select from nearly 50 different doll options and accessories that match the unique qualities of the girls in their lives. Each gift collection comes with a doll, two hand-selected play packs that include a special outfit and accessory plus an illustrated story starter that lets girls play out their own endings. The box also features a heartfelt letter (personalized by the gift-giver), a doll ear-piercing option, a first-year doll wellness visit to the American Girl Doll Hospital and more. The personalized collection arrives in a signature berry keepsake box.

Score a Strike with the American Girl Bowling Alley

The American Girl Bowling Alley, a Parents’ 2019 Best Toys winner, provides hours of pretend play. (Photo: Business Wire)

The recipient of aParents 2019 Best Toy Award, the American Girl Bowling Alley features a fully functional wooden bowling lane complete with lights, bowling sounds and score-keeping for up to two players. Motorized pins are knocked back when a ball strikes, then automatically reset at the next turn so dolls (and their owners) can go for a perfect game. The bowling set features two bowling balls, two glow-in-the-dark bowling tees, two pairs of bowling shoes and a rental counter, complete with a card scanner and pretend snacks.

Historic Accessories for Historical Girls

The award-winning Julie’s Pinball Machine plays like the real thing. (Photo: Business Wire)

For more than 30 years, cultural authenticity, historical accuracy and premium quality have been the hallmark of American Girl’s flagship historical line. This season, American Girl is introducing keepsake-quality products crafted from real wood, ceramic, glass and metal, to inspire imagination and a lifetime of play. New accessories include the award-winnning Julie’s Pinball Machine, a doll-sized replica of the iconic 1970s arcade staple that works just like the actual game, Melody’s Upright Piano, Maryellen’s Seaside Diner, Rebecca’s Sabbath Set and more.

Building Self-Esteem with New Smart Girl’s Guide Kits

American Girl’s Smart Girl’s Guide Kits are designed for girls facing new challenges and changes to help them navigate life and build self-esteem. Consumers can select from six prepackaged kits based on the most popular advice books in the brand’s award-winning series: Worry; Friendship Troubles; Sports & Fitness; Digital World; Cooking; and Liking Herself. In addition to the book, each kit also comes with corresponding accessories, including a journal, friendship bracelets, and cozy socks, plus a choice of one of six mini dolls dressed in an exclusive American Girl T-shirt.

2019 Girl of the Year™

Blaire Wilson™, American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year($30.00 – $128.00, with accessories, $20.00 – $300.00) is a young chef-in-training who excels at gathering people around the dinner table, but needs help finding balance between the digital world and the real world. Blaire comes to life via a two-book series and an 18-inch doll, featuring green eyes and curly red hair, plus a range of accessories, including a wooden open-air restaurant and kitchen, complete with a farmhouse-style table, benches, and dozens of other items to round out the play experience.

Nutcracker Collection Reimagined (Launching Nov. 1, 2019)

This holiday classic gets reimagined for American Girl with the new limited-edition Nutcracker Collection, featuring elegantly-crafted, doll-sized outfit sets for Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Nutcracker Snow Queen. Designed to be timeless treasures, each outfit comes individually numbered.

These holiday products and the rest of American Girl’s assortment of hundreds of items are available for free shipping on orders over $125.

Macy’s Invites Customers To Share The Warmth This Season With “Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One” Campaign

Buy a coat at Macy’s stores or on from October 9 to October 14, and Macy’s, in partnership with Clothes4Souls, will donate a new coat to someone in need

Macy’s has announced the seventh annual “Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One” campaign in partnership with nonprofitClothes4Souls. From Wednesday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 14, Macy’s invites its customers to help those in need by purchasing a coat in the men’s, women’s, junior’s and children’s outerwear departments in-store and on

For every coat purchased, Macy’s will donate a brand new coat, up to 35,000 with an average retail value of $40-$100 each, to Clothes4Souls to provide warmth, hope and dignity to those in need this winter. Since 2013, Macy’s has donated $9.4 million in coats, helping more than 235,000 people. This year, Macy’s and Clothes4Souls will distribute coats in 25 communities near Macy’s stores and corporate office locations. Additionally, employee volunteers from Macy’s Partners in Time program will assist with sharing the warmth and distributing coats in their local areas all around the country.

We’re proud that our customers love to give back as much as we do at Macy’s,” said Sam Harrison Di Scipio, Macy’s vice president of corporate communications, giving and volunteerism. “Through our long standing partnership with Clothes4Souls, we’ve been able to share the warmth with those in need for more than seven years. We’re grateful for the support of our customers, colleagues and vendors that have stood behind this important cause with us.

Clothes4Souls, a division of the nonprofit Soles4Souls, creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of clothing around the world. Clothes4Souls works with nonprofit partners to distribute both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.

It really is the ‘most wonderful time of year,‘” said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Clothes4Souls. “Together with the help of Macy’s, its vendors, and dozens of agencies around the country we have helped more than 200,000 people, who desperately need a winter coat to stay warm. We’re thankful to Macy’s for their continued partnership and helping people in need right here in the U.S.”

Coats donated through the program average in retail price from $40 to $100 and are generously donated from a variety of participating brands including: 32 Degrees, Calvin Klein, Celebrity Pink, DKNY, GUESS, Hawke & Co. Outfitter, Kensie, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Michael Michael Kors, Nautica, Sebby Weatherproof.

For more information on “The Big Give Back: Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One,” visit