Opening Our Doors 2021

Schedule of Events  •  Saturday, Oct. 9th

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Welcome to the schedule of events for the 20th annual Opening Our Doors Festival. We are happy you are here! The festival includes art, musical, and dance performances on The Christian Science Plaza and programs throughout the Fenway Cultural District, both virtual and in-person, mostly outdoors and all free and open to the public. Many of the virtual programs will require pre-registration.


Please Note: Festival schedule is organized with all day events first and then specific timed events following. 


We hope you enjoy the day! 

10:00am - 12:00pm

Kick-off Ceremony 

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

Join us on the Christian Science Plaza (CSP) for a full day of performance, music, and art as we welcome the community to the 20th annual Opening Our Doors Festival. There will be lots to see and do on the CSP starting with the Kick-off Ceremony which starts at 10AM and will include:

  • Boston’s Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola

  • 826 Boston Teaching Artists and Boston Youth Poet Laureate Finalist - Asiyah Herrera

  • Children’s parade with Hot Tamale Brass Band


The Opening Our Doors Art Zone will be set up on the CSP throughout the day for drop in art activities as well as performances from our community partners.


Please see the schedule below! 


10:00am - 4:00pm

Art Zone 

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

SMFA at Tufts students - Student-led Art Activity


Mass Art Art Museum (MAAM) Art Activity & Giveaway


ARCK + Operation Peace

Join us all day at the Art Zone on the Christian Science Plaza for art activities, games, and giveaways: 


  • Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) and Operation P.E.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Education and Community Enrichment) were thrilled to host Together Through Art, a free Public Art Walk and Festival in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood through the end of October 2021. On August 28th, in collaboration with Boston-based artists Rebecca McGee Tuck (fiber artist) and Jamaal Eversley (abstract artist), attendees decorated their own fabric leaves with art and inspirational messages of hope and encouragement to their community. These leaves now hang on a 9-foot tall wooden tree sculpture painted by Eversley that will travel around Boston, including to the Opening Our Doors Festival.

  • SMFA at Tufts - Student-led Art Activity

  • MAAM - Art Giveaway 

OR search for "Together Through Art" on the app store


10:00am - 4:00pm

Open House “How Do You See the World” Experience

The First Church of Christ, Scientist 

210 Massachusetts Avenue

A montage of photos, a global portrait of faces from the pages of The Christian Science Monitor, welcomes you to a new experience at the Christian Science Plaza. “How Do You See the World?” offers stories and experiences that explore progress and possibilities throughout the world as you consider your own place in it. Three different exhibits connect you to positive change flowing out of the inspired actions of everyday people in countries and cultures globally.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Free Admission, Open House, Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Avenue

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with free general admission to the MFA on Saturday, October 9, part of the Fenway Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the heritage of all Indigenous peoples and the histories of their nations and communities. Stop by the MFA for free admission and giveaways of art-making kits as well as children’s books selected by Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinna Wampanoag) and Ekua Holmes (African American), artists, activists, and creators of “Garden for Boston,” an exhibition on the Museum’s front lawn.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Mass Art Art Museum Open House 

MassArt Art Museum

621 Huntington Avenue

MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) is a place to imagine the unimagined. As a kunsthalle, or non-collecting museum, MAAM’s exhibitions are current, resonant, and relevant. MAAM proudly serves as the teaching museum for MassArt and has a passionate mission to educate, inspire, and empower future generations of artists, designers, and educators—both on campus and beyond.


10:00am - 4:00pm

Fenway Studios Open House

Fenway Studios Cooperative

30 Ipswitch Street

Open Studios at the Fenway Artist Building's brand new community & gallery space, B-1 Gallery & Studios. The B-1 Gallery and Community Space is currently featuring the paintings, prints, etchings, drawings 

and collages of twenty-five of the artists currently working in the Fenway Artists Building. We hope you will come and visit and enjoy the exceptional variety of talent in our building on this Fenway celebration day.

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10:00am - 4:00pm

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway

You’re invited to explore the Emerald Necklace! Stop by the Conservancy’s Shattuck Visitor Center, located in the heart of the Back Bay Fens at 125 The Fenway, to learn about the history and development of Boston’s largest park system. Join us on a guided tour of the Fens at 10:00 AM led by one of our expert docents. Whether you’re looking for historic facts or a refreshing stroll through the parks, the Emerald Necklace is open and here for you.

Pre-registration required

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11:00am & 2:00pm

Massachusetts Historical Society Walking Tour

The Christian Science Plaza

1154 Bolyston Street

The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone. Join us for a walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood starting at 11:00 AM and again at 2:00 PM. Tour participants will meet at the MHS building at 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215. 

11AM: Historic Walking Tours


Pre-registration required

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Showcase

Steps of Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Ave

Performances of students from partner organizations around the city, including the BSO BEAM Consortium (Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music), Project STEP, and the Boston String Academy.  Performances will take place starting at 12:00 under the Symphony Hall Marquee on Massachusetts Avenue.

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12:00pm - 4:00pm

Exhibition at Trustman Gallery at Simmons University

Simmons University

300 The Fenway

Trustman Art Gallery is proud to present WATER MEMORY, featuring works by Soyoung L Kim, and on view from September 2 through October 15, 2021. Inspired by women in literature, Kim explores the fluid and transformational nature of both water and memory in her newest body of work. In Kim’s art—from the sweeping blue paint strokes suggesting abundance, to the papier-mâché sculptures implying scarcity in their resemblance to desert vegetation—water leaves its mark. It is a natural analogy to our memories, which cut deep channels back to our beginnings. 

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Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

Founded in 1976, the Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association is one of the oldest Tai Chi schools in Boston. Grand master Marks students are proud to carry on her legacy, teaching and performing around the city.

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New England Conservatory Musical Celebration

New England Conservatory

255 St. Botolph Street

Join us for a musical celebration featuring students from the New England Conservatory (NEC), taking place right outside the NEC Student Life and Performance Center located at 255 St. Botolph Street.

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1:00pm - 3:00pm

Fenway Victory Gardens Information Table & Scavenger Hunt

The Fenway Victory Gardens

1200 Boylston Street

*Flag pole within the Fenway Victory Gardens

Talk with Gardeners about the Fenway Victory Gardens history, mission, and current activities.  Participate in a scavenger hunt as you walk through and explore the Fenway Victory Gardens. 

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Northeastern University Madrigal Singers

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

The Madrigal Singers is a vocal group that focuses on a capella chamber singing. We form a friendly community around the love of music and performance. With a varied repertoire ranging from medieval love songs to modern melodies, NUMadS aims to provide Northeastern Students with the opportunity to engage more closely with unique styles of music. We will be performing traditional Madrigal pieces along with contemporary choral favorites.

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Northeastern University Eon Dance Troupe

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

Eon Dance Troupe is a classical, ethnic, and fusion performance troupe that strives to promote awareness of the rich culture, history, and diversity within Chinese dance. Eon brings Chinese traditional and modern dance to the forefront of Northeastern University and to the Greater Boston 

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Learn a Seasonal Japanese Song

Kaji Aso Studio

40 St Stephen St.

Learn Japanese pronunciation and song with KAJI ASO STUDIO's special guest Mikiko Sato. She will explain about the Japanese culture's appreciation for autumn moon viewing, and teach you this simple and enjoyable song. 

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New England Conservatory Musicians Showcase

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

Enjoy a variety of performances from talented New England Conservatory (NEC) musicians — featuring student singer/songwriter Emily Mitchell's trio, NEC's Contemporary Improvisation Department Celtic Jam Band, and some of NEC's finest jazz performers.

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Zili Misik Music + Dance Performance

The Christian Science Plaza

250 Massachusetts Avenue

Join Kara Washington and her all-female identifying band of musicians and dancers playing music from the African diaspora for a rousing end to cap off the 20th anniversary Opening Our Doors Festival. Drumming + dancing workshops will be held earlier during the day. Stay tuned for link to pre-register. Join us on the lawn on The Christian Science Plaza for the final performance of the day!

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