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Welcoming the reopening of the MFA

May 2019 (pictured from left to right) Michael Hearn, director of libraries, three NECC art students, Marc Mannheimer, art faculty, and Susan Leonardi, librarian: attending a “thank you” celebration with the Pozen’s at the M.F.A.Courtesy photo

May 2019 (pictured from left to right) Michael Hearn, director of libraries, three NECC art students, Marc Mannheimer, art faculty, and Susan Leonardi, librarian: attending a “thank you” celebration with the Pozen’s at the M.F.A.

The Museum of Fine Arts has always been a place for people of all ages to gather and dive into their vast collections of paintings, photographs, fashion pieces, short films and the occasional live performance arts.

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic putting everything that required people’s physical attention on hold, the social gathering of these people ceased.

For the past several months students with a fascination for the arts haven’t been able to actually walk past the infamous Appeal to the Great Spirit statue seen from Huntington Ave and spend the day devouring the artifacts within the museum’s walls, however the museum has finally announced its reopening on September 26th.

To students like Mackenzie Pike, first year Boston University student, who believes there’s nothing quite like roaming the halls of the M.F.A, this is great news!

“I always looked forward to the familiar pieces that I had become more and more drawn to each visit, as well as the excitement of a new exhibit.” says Pike.

As a NECC student myself, I wanted to learn more about how our school plays a role in the University Membership program we’re apart of and how other students like me can benefit from it.

After reaching out to Director of Libraries, Michael Hearn, I was informed that just three years ago our school had begun the Pozen Community College Program which, thanks to Bob and Liz Pozen, allows NECC students free admission to the museum. “The Pozen Community College Access Program is now part of the University Membership Program, and students, faculty, and staff still receive free general admission by presenting a valid college ID.” Hearn says.

For those who feel comfortable visiting the museum in person, remember to wear a mask, keep a safe distance between yourself and the workers, bring your student I.D, and enjoy what the M.F.A has to offer.

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