FINDING FAY: A Free Family Festival Sept. 10 – 15

Inspired by the Creative Spirit of Artist Fay Chandler

More than 70 Greater Boston arts, cultural and advocacy organizations will gather to present a free family festival inspired by the creative spirit of artist and philanthropist Fay Chandler.

“After my mother’s death last winter, our family decided we wanted to honor her life, her achievements and her spirit in a way that all of Boston might enjoy. Mom loved her extended community — one organization at a time. ‘Finding Fay’ is about discovering what happens when they all get together with one another and the neighbors for an afternoon. Please join us for the celebration!”

– Alfred D. “Appy” Chandler


THURS. SEPT. 10 | 5:30 pm | Boston City Hall | 1 City Hall Square, Boston
Presentation of the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award at the City’s Emerge Festival

Congratulations to the three recipients: Jeremy Hendrington (Practicing 3 or less years), Wilton Tahita (Under 30) & Sarah Meyers (Best in Show) Thank you to Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, for creating such a fantastic event and for introducing Fay’s son Appy Chandler who awarded the three talented artists on behalf of his family and in his mother’s spirit.

SAT. SEPT. 12 | 12 – 4 pm | Boston Center for the Arts | 539 Tremont St, Boston
Finding Fay at the BCA Fair
Arts, cultural and social service organizations loved by Fay will come together to celebrate her life and legacy by presenting a free family festival inspired by Fay’s creative spirit. The day will include art making, dance, music, food, interactive children’s events for every age. Visit to see the full schedule of events and participating organizations. Be eligible for a prize if you get your Fay Passport stamped by every organization participating.

SAT. SEPT. 12 | 3:15 pm | Boston Center for the Arts l 539 Tremont St, Boston
Memorial of Fay Chandler’s Life and Legacy
All are invited for an uplifting memorial service officiated by the Reverends Ray Hammond, Gloria White Hammond, and Robert Randolph with remarks by friends and family and music by Bethel AME Church.

SUN. SEPT. 13 | 11 am – 3 pm | Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center l 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan
Guided nature walks and “en plein air” painting with Montserrat College of Art and music by MusiConnects.
To see the full schedule of the day’s events, visit

SUN. SEPT. 13 | 12 –  3 pm | Cambridge Art Association l 25 Lowell St, Cambridge
Art-making family activities in honor of Fay’s role at the gallery

TUES. SEPT. 15 | 7 – 9 pm l Sanders Theatre at Harvard | 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Concert at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre will be presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra featuring some of Fay’s favorite music.

*Due to the risk of uncertain weather in September, the Chandler family has decided to move the free outdoor Boston Landmarks Orchestra concert on September 15 indoors to the Sanders Theatre located on the campus of Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. The time is still 7 pm. Highlights of the program will include: a work by New England Conservatory’s Larry Bell, and pieces by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and even a Calypso Medley, plus more. Seats will be available on a first come first served basis and the doors will open at 6:15 pm.

Return to this website to hear a talk about art today presented by Boston Globe Art Critic, Sebastian Smee, presented by The Boston Foundation, in honor of Fay.

To learn more about Fay Chandler, visit

Special thanks to Montserrat College of Art and The Boston Foundation