The Boston I love has been abundantly evident in the days and weeks following the senseless and tragic Patriots' Day bombings. From the emotional and inspiring rendition of the national anthem at the first Bruins game after the marathon to the comforting tradition of the Swan Boats returning to the Public Garden, I've been constantly reminded why I'm proud to say, as The Standells so eloquently put it, "Oh, oh, Boston, you're my home."

How about you? Whether you are from our great city or an admirer from afar, what is it about Boston that you love? Wherever you call home, the Museum of Fine Arts (another thing about Boston that I love) invites you to a collaborative art-making activity to express your message of community, hope, and love. Your artwork will be displayed as part of a collage -- a group hug with and for Boston and its people if you will -- at the museum. It's part of a complimentary "Boston I Love" Memorial Day Community Weekend at the MFA. To celebrate the city's indomitable spirit and to help the healing process, the entire museum will be open and free to all for the three-day holiday weekend.

In addition to the communal collage, there will be a special “To Boston With Love” exhibit featuring quilt squares with messages of peace submitted from around the globe. To honor the city, our neighbors at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be lending three paintings that will debut at the MFA during the weekend event. Along with the special activities, the MFA's ongoing presentations will be available as well, including guided family tours, an Egypt-o-Mania gallery talk about the museum's extensive Egyptian collection, and an exploration of "The Exquisitely Cracked Ceramics of Steven Lee." Collection boxes will be available throughout the museum to make donations to The One Fund, the charitable organization that will help the victims of the bombings.

Love is so much sweeter when others share it. Consider sharing your love of Boston at the MFA. "Boston I Love" Memorial Day Community Weekend Museum of Fine Arts Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 27. 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Free admission 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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