BAMS Fest Hosts an Exploration of Social Justice Through Live Painting in JP Friday

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Have you ever wanted to watch an artist create a piece of art and then ask him or her about their creative process? Here's your chance: The Boston Arts & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest will host "Need I Paint More?: An Exploration of Social Justice Through Live Painting" Friday, March 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Space at 128 Brookside Ave. in Jamaica Plain.

For “Need I Paint More?”, BAMS Fest is bringing together five local painters who will create new works based on a social justice prompt that represents an issue faced by communities of color across Greater Boston. The audience will have the opportunity to see the work created in real time, pose questions anonymously for a discussion once the painting is complete, and bid on their favorite painting in a silent auction.

“BAMS Fest is here to awaken the spirits and minds of people around the importance of immersing themselves in the arts,” founder Catherine Morris said in a press release.

The show features local painters ranging in ages 17 to 25 hailing from various backgrounds and ethnicities. The five artists are Janelin Pineyro, a senior at Boston Arts Academy; Milü Abel, a senior at Boston Day and Evening Academy; Wilton Tejeda and Matthew Ghadban, students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and Samantha Shave, a local Boston artist.

Tickets for the event are $20 and include food and beverages. They can be purchased at

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. BAMS Fest Inc. is a nonprofit organization that strives to break down racial and social barriers to arts and culture by producing an annual arts and music festival, presenting live visual arts and music performances, and providing education programming for underserved communities of color across Greater Boston.