Join us for the 2017-2018 season!

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, 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).

 

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.

 

Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

November 24, 2017 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.

The Fairy Circus

Tanglewood Marionettes- The Fairy Circus

December 26, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Come enjoy turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry featuring over twenty hand-crafted marionettes that dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air—all to the best-loved music of famous composers.

George Russell Jr. and Company - Clap Your Hands

January 15, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Clap your hands with George Russell Jr. and Company in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Discover how spirituals, gospel and folk-blues played an important role in both the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement.

Shaw Pong Liu - Exploring China

Shaw Pong Liu - Exploring China

February 17, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

From the grasslands of Mongolia to the high mountains of Yunnan, master musician Shaw Pong Liu takes audiences on a dynamic musical journey weaving history, geography, the Mandarin language, and Chinese folk music.

Benkadi Drum and Dance

Benkadi Drum and Dance - African Spirit

February 21, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group returns to showcase traditional West African rhythms and movements. Benkadi brings a folktale to life with vivid costumes, interpretive dance, and audience participation.

Irish Balladeers

The Irish Balladeers

March 10, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, take a musical trip to the Emerald Isle! The Irish Balladeers perform traditional stories and dances with authentic Irish instruments.

Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe

Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe - Colors of India

March 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Experience the excitement of Bollywood and celebrate Holi—the Indian Festival of Colors marking the beginning of spring—with a stunning performance combining South Asian dance with western jazz and ballet.

Upcycled Cinderella

Bright Star Touring Theatre - Upcycled Cinderella

April 17, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The story of Cinderella is brought to life using household items, recycled objects and physicalcomedy. Hilarious characters activate the imagination while encouraging teamwork, friendship and creativity.