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Museum of Fine Arts Boston Provides Free Access to Underserved Youth through Statewide Partnership

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Jun 28, 2012
Boston, MA
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The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) has partnered with the Highland Street Foundation and arts organizations across Massachusetts to provide free access to museums and cultural venues to underserved families and youth. The program, titled "Free Fun Fridays," runs for ten weeks through the summer.

Blake Jordan, executive director of the Highland Street Foundation, told Nonprofit Quarterly, "The venues really view this as an opportunity to engage new visitors from the moment they arrive. Many provide activities geared toward children, knowing that many families participate in Free Fun Fridays."

The program, which launched in 2009, has grown significantly in the past four years. While ten venues were involved at it's launch, 50 arts organizations are partnering with the Highland Street Foundation this summer.

The results of a 2011 survey shows that 65% of Free Fun Friday attendees would not have visited at least one of the venues they did had it not been free. The foundation also told Nonprofit Quarterly that those attending Free Fun Fridays are more racially and socioeconomically diverse than conventional museum visitors. Jordan added, "Free Fun Fridays opens the doors to families that my not have been able to afford the opportunities otherwise."

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About Museum of Fine Art, Boston

The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world: the MFA’s collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

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