The 2018-2019 season begins in the fall!

The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America’s rich cultural diversity through the arts. This program is tied directly to President and Mrs. Kennedy's concern for and support of the arts and culture in a democratic society. Thanks to generous support from the Highland Street Foundation, Martin Richard Foundation, and the Mass Cultural Council, all performances are free and take place in the Stephen E. Smith Center at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125).

With generous support from:

 Highland Street Foundation, Martin Richard Foundation, Mass Cultural Council

 

How to Attend

Please note that in order to optimize your comfort and enjoyment, reservations are required for all visitors to this free program. Make a reservation below or call 617-514-1644 and leave a detailed message. All large groups must speak with a staff member a week in advance to ensure that there will be adequate seating. Children are seated on a carpeted floor with their caretakers and space is available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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Veronica Robles Mexican Mariachi Band

Veronica Robles Mexican Mariachi Band

October 8, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Veronica Robles and her band blend ancient and modern traditions with dance, music and storytelling from Mexican culture. Try speaking Spanish, sing songs, and enjoy dancing in traditional costumes!

Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe

Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe

November 3, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Experience the excitement of Bollywood and celebrate Diwali — the Indian Festival of Lights — with a stunning performance combining South Asian classical, folk, and modern styles.

Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

November 23, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers as they share stories of both their history and modern culture in a performance that culminates with a full audience powwow in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Peter and the Wolf

National Marionette Theatre - Peter and the Wolf

December 27, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Enjoy stunning scenery, handcrafted marionettes, and enchanting music from Prokofiev’s orchestral score as Peter and his animal friends work together to capture the wolf in turn-of-the-century Russia.

Bankadi Drum and Dance

Benkadi Drum and Dance

January 21, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group returns to perform new dances showcasing traditional West African rhythms and movements. With vivid costumes, interpretive dance, and audience participation, folktales come to life before your eyes!

Tanglewood Marionettes' The Dragon King

Tanglewood Marionettes - The Dragon King

February 9, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Journey below the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese folklore. Tanglewood Marionettes bring to life fantastic sea creatures and a fearless grandmother who goes in search of the Dragon King when things go amiss in the land above.

Flying Ship Priductions - Rosa's Ride

Flying Ship Productions - Rosa's Ride

February 20, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This moving production with original songs, inspirational scenes, and exciting dances traces how Rosa Parks handled various experiences of discrimination leading up to the famous Montgomery, Alabama bus incident sparking the modern civil rights movement.

Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers

Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers

March 9, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Come enjoy a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Exuberant dancers demonstrate athleticism, skill, and poise while presenting traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.

David Zucker - Poetry in Motion

David Zucker - Poetry in Motion

April 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Poetry comes to life in this masterful performance of acting, mime, vocal gymnastics, humor, audience participation, and a trunk full of costumes, puppets, and props.