The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has issued a call to artists of color for a temporary weeklong pop-up on Centre Street.
The deadline to submit is Feb. 19th.
The rising costs of housing and commercial space in Boston have led to high levels of displacement among communities of color. In Jamaica Plain, gentrification has affected thousands of people without access to the capital they need to stay in the neighborhood they call home.
With the new Latin Quarter Cultural District designation from the state as a mobilizing force, we would like to make a vacant commercial space, owned by JPNDC, available to showcase the work of artists of color, including those who have been displaced from Jamaica Plain due to housing costs.
The purpose of the pop-up is to provide access to art and culture in Jamaica Plain's Hyde and Jackson squares for residents who may have historically less access to spaces and opportunities for exposure to the arts.
We want to bring folks in the neighborhood together on an opening night and foster conversations around the continued displacement of artists and other people of color from the neighborhood. What can be done? How can we move forward?
Preferences for artists will be given to current or former Jamaica Plain residents and people of color. Submissions must include artist's name, address, contact info and three to five JPEG images of art you wish to showcase.
Please submit all materials to Samantha Montaño at firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials will be reviewed by a panel of folks with connections to Jamaica Plain or the JPNDC.
Samantha Montaño is a senior neighborhood organizer for JPNDC.