Boston’s New Chief of Planning Arthur Jemison Tours 250 Centre in Jackson Square

In his first public address as the Boston’s Chief of Housing, Arthur Jemison joined The Community Builders (TCB) for a hard hat tour of 250 Centre, a 110-unit affordable and mixed-income housing development for residents in Jackson Square. On June 1, the hard hat tour was part of a larger celebration honoring three housing development milestones for TCB, Urban Edge and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation in Jackson Square. Following the tour, Jemison and Housing Chief Sheila Dillon provided remarks during the event’s speaking program. Appointed by Mayor Michelle Wu as the city’s first planning chief, Jemison has 28 years of planning and affordable housing expertise, that included working with community members of Boston’s Jackson Square two decades ago to plan the redevelopment culminating with the completion of The Community Builders’ 250 Centre site in 2023. Jemison previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he led the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) and served as the policy lead and HUD partner for American cities, counties, states, and other local units of government.

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Community Servings’ Dinners4Dads Fundraiser Benefits Fathers in Need

Community Servings, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services and a leader in “food is medicine” research, advocacy and policy, has launched its annual Father’s Day fundraiser, Dinners4Dads, in partnership with Eastern Standard Provisions. Gift givers can send a special dad in their life a small box of eight gourmet Liège Belgian waffles with four topping flavors for $65 or a large box of 22 soft pretzels and four gourmet salts for $95. Each purchase is a donation that will support a local father living with critical or chronic illness with the nutritious food they need to maintain and improve their health. The gift includes a card designed by local artist Susy Pilgrim Waters inscribed with a personalized message. Supporters can also choose to send just a card for a $30 donation.

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‘Recovering Black History in Historic Houses’ Event with Loring Greenough House on June 10

Who gets to create and define our national histories? What role do house museums and historic sites play in our public conversations about race? The Shirley-Eustis House Association and the Loring Greenough House will host a discussion via Zoom with author Corinne Fowler on the ways Britain’s National Trust is reinterpreting its historic estates in light of the newly revealed colonialist profits of their builders. The event will be held on Friday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m.

Fowler is director of Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted and professor of English at Leicester University. She was editor of a report prepared by Britain’s National Trust in 2020 that researched people who were enslaved at the National Trust’s historic houses.

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Jamaica Plain Playwright Wartofsky Debuts New Play ‘Late’ at Boston New Works Festival

Moonbox Productions is thrilled to announce that Jamaica Plain resident Michael Wartofsky along with his co-writer Kathleen Cahill will showcase the play, Late: A New Musical, at the first ever Boston New Works Festival. Late is a musical and was written as a way to express the writer’s heartbreak about the murder of American school children through gun violence. Two weeks after a school shooting, nine teenagers return to class. In a theatrical style reminiscent of Our Town, they try to piece together the fragments of their last ordinary day together. With a contemporary sound inspired by musicals like Dear Evan Hansen and Spring Awakening, Late explores the students’ interconnected stories as they wrestle with identity, social pressure, love, grief, and memory.

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Jamaica Plain Artists Association Summer Member Exhibition on June 2

The Jamaica Plain Artists Association (JPAA) is excited to announce our Summer Member Exhibition. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, June 2, 2022, 6-8 pm at Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty (673 Centre St.). Support the local artists community and view paintings, photography, mosaics, mixed media, and more from 20 local artists: Francis Alix, Sharon Berke, Phyllis Bluhm, Katrine Burkitt, Lisa Goren, Suzanne Hoffman, Nancy Jenner, Carol Johnson, Jamie Kendrioski, Cynthia Kollios, Joni Lohr, Fiona O'Connor, Sam Price, Mary Russell, Tamara Safford, Andrea Tamkin, Barbara Ellen Watkins, Mandy Xi, Richard Youngstrom, and Ginny Zanger. The exhibit runs from May 20 to July 20, 2022 and the public is welcome to pop in any time during Sotheby's business hours. Would you like to learn more about the Jamaica Plain Artists Association?

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Apply Now for Olmsted Now Parks Equity and Spatial Justice Grants

Olmsted Now recently announced a parks equity and spatial justice grant in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. The bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted is marked by Greater Boston with Olmsted Now, a collaboration to amplify the vibrancy and inclusivity of parks and publics pace. Olmsted Now aims to strengthen equity and community connection in Boston by centering decision-making for bicentennial programs with a Committee of Neighborhoods—Boston leaders trusted for their commitment to under-heard voices and under-served open spaces. Committee of Neighborhoods members draw from around Boston and especially areas adjacent to the southern parks of the Emerald Necklace and those that are especially valued by neighbors who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). To create opportunities for equitable and community-based parks programming for the Bicentennial, the Committee of Neighborhoods has launched the Olmsted Now Parks Equity and Spatial Justice Grant, offering 20 grants in total.

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Morning Runners + Walkers – Come Join Us at Franklin Park!

Back on My Feet recently launched a new running/walking team at Franklin Park. We are looking for morning run/walk volunteers to join us one morning a week. We're running/walking Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Be a part of something greater than yourself. Join us today by clicking here.

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Community Servings Grows Food & Health Policy Program With Grant From Alletess Medical

Community Servings, a Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services and a leader in “food is medicine” research, advocacy and policy, today announced an expansion of its Food & Health Policy Program resulting from a grant from Alletess Medical Laboratory. The Rockland-based company recently contributed $75,000 in funding that has supported staff positions dedicated to policy work, coaching and technical assistance as part of the Food is Medicine Coalition’s Accelerator, and the advancement of research and policy initiatives at the state and federal levels. “Alletess Medical Laboratory is an important new partner to our organization and we are grateful for their generous contribution,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “Our Food & Health Policy team is hard at work on ways to expand access to medically tailored meals, not only in Massachusetts but nationwide, and to accelerate the adoption of this life-saving intervention more broadly in health care.”

Alletess Medical Laboratory has been a leader in the field of allergy and immunology testing since 1980. The company has also supported Community Servings by sending groups of volunteers to help the kitchen team prepare meals that are delivered to chronically and critically ill people throughout Massachusetts.

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Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts Wins Producers’ Award at Boston Design Week

Boston Design Week has announced the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts as winner of its Producers’ Choice Award. The awards celebration will take place May 6 at Boston Design Center, in the Seaport District. Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations. Each year, it pulls together more than a week of open houses, talks, exhibitions, and other events to showcase Boston’s broad array of design practitioners, and to encourage the public to explore all aspects of design. Its 9th Annual Boston Design Week Awards celebrate the diversity of the design community in greater Boston.

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Visual & Musical Installations Adopt and Adapt Concert Features Jamaica Plain Artists on April 30

In its first live and in-person performance since before the pandemic, the New Gallery Concert Series (NewGal) presents an immersive tour of art and music, exploring themes of adoption and adaptation on April 30. Adopt and Adapt will welcome audiences to take an active journey roaming visual and musical installations at the Longy School of Music. Performances and art installations found throughout the rooms of the historic Zabriskie House are designed to mirror the experience of being adopted-into a family, into a country, into a person's true self-and to evoke resilience, belonging, and empathy. The program centers on the work of three local creators -- Jamaica Plain-based visual artist Sharon Berke and composers Maria Finkelmeier and Jonathan Bailey Holland --who are creating through the lens of their own adoption experiences. A diverse group of artists-including composers Fred Onovwerosuoke and Sarah Hennies, pianist Sarah Bob, cuatro player Fabiola Méndez and her trio, The Fisher/Lau Project, and percussionists Steph Davis and Aaron Trant -- will broaden the concert's theme by exploring the complexities of discovering and adapting to one's true identity.

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