Inclusion and the Gifts of Art

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Maria Timberlake



On an early spring day in March 2015, I received the gift of song at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts. The gift was offered as part of Sonic Blossom, an exhibit created by internationally acclaimed artist Lee Mingwei. The concept is that an opera singer wanders in the galleries and approaches random visitors asking, “May I give you the gift of song?”  If the museum go-er accepts,they take the prepared seat in the gallery and the song is sung.

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