BOSTON – Citizens Bank along with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and Artists for
Humanity presented a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh. The mural, designed by Artists for Humanity, was gifted to the City of Boston through a City Council order back in June.
The interactive painting depicts an iconic photo taken during King’s historic 1965 march from
Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL. The painting was made collaboratively by hundreds of
attendees, including Mayor Walsh, at the MFA as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Open House back in January. Citizens sponsored the Museum’s MLK celebration with a day of
“Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy continues to live on in Boston, the United States, and around
the world,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank Citizens Bank, the Museum of Fine Arts,
and Artists for Humanity for making this special mural possible.”
“The MFA is proud to partner with Citizens Bank for more than 15 years to offer free access to
the Museum on MLK Jr. Day with an exciting array of family-friendly activities, music, tours and
art making in honor of Dr. King’s legacy,” said Blair Spotswood Hollis, Corporate Relations
Manager at the MFA. “Mark your calendar for our next MLK Day Open House on Monday, Jan.
15 th , 2018 and please visit mfa.org for more information in the coming months. We are delighted to be gifting this mural, made at last year’s event, to the City of Boston.”
“Artists For Humanity was thrilled to bring the spirit of collaboration to MLK Day at the MFA,”
said Susan Rodgerson, Executive/Artistic Director at Artists for Humanity. “Citizens Bank
understands the value art, and especially experiential art, has in forwarding important
conversations around social justice and equity. Young people in the City know about Martin
Luther King’s immense contributions to our country – but seeing the Freedom March leaders
come to life through this "interactive" painting experience, helps them understand where we’ve traveled and how far we still have to go on the road to a better Boston that offers opportunity and equal rights to all.”
“It was great to see members of the community of all ages enjoying the arts and contributing to
the mural at the MFA,” said Jerry Sargent, president, Massachusetts, Citizens Bank. “We are
pleased again to support free access to the Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next year
and hope that even more people throughout Greater Boston can join us to celebrate the life and
work of Dr. King.”
For more than a decade, Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day Open House by
generously offering free admission to the Museum for all visitors. Since 2003, nearly 100,000
visitors have enjoyed special MLK Day programming and exhibitions.
About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with
$151.4 billion in assets as of June 30, 2017. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island,
Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to
individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions.
Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their
needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens
provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer
contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200
branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer
Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth
management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate,
institutional and not-for- profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services,
including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest
rate products and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit
us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.