[MFA] Planting Together: Conversation with Ekua Holmes and Elizabeth James-Perry


Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm


Online via registration

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Join us for a conversation with “Garden for Boston” artists and activists Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag, born 1973) and Ekua Holmes (African American, born 1955).

With Radiant Community, Holmes has planted nearly 3,000 sunflowers on the front lawn of the MFA as a continuation of her community-wide action, The Roxbury Sunflower Project, now in its fourth year. For Holmes, sunflowers represent resilience, self-determination, and a community's ability to evolve and emerge while staying grounded in its history and traditions.

James-Perry's installation, Raven Reshapes Boston: A Native Corn Garden at the MFA, features Indigenous corn and sedges, as well as beans. Native reliance on the two distinct indigenous grasses is a focal point of the garden, for art, ceremony, and food. Her installation is a reclamation of Boston as Native space.

Together, the ”Garden for Boston” installations demonstrate the resilience and strength of the artists and their respective communities.

This is the third of three events being held in conjunction with “Garden for Boston.”

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