George Floyd Mural Removed from Public View in Hyde Square…But It’s OK

If you've been through Hyde Square the last several days and noticed that the George Floyd mural is no longer outside of Core Cannabis -- don't worry. Jamaica Plain News reader @DVDeeJP noticed the mural was no longer visible from the street.

"We are excited to be installing our permanent entry as we prepare for the launch of our cannabis dispensary so we will be moving our George Floyd memorial indoors," said Tomas Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Core Cannabis. Gonzalez said the mural created by artist Alexander Golob, will be joined with other artwork by members of the community and beyond.


Call for Black Lives Matter Art by Jamaica Plain Arts Council; Open Studios Cancelled

The Jamaica Plain Art Council has extended its call for Black Lives Matter art. "As a visual arts organization, we want to help make your voices heard (seen) through art," said a JPAC newsletter. "We are offering artists a chance to submit pieces that represent, reflect upon and/or support the Black Live Matter cause and oppose racial injustice in all forms." Selected work with the artist's short statement will be highlighted on JPAC's social media platforms. Art can be submitted by sending your image along with a brief statement (3-5 sentences) and the heading "JPAC BLM Justice for All" to Submissions are requested by August 1, but will be accepted after that date.


Jamaica Plain Resident Named to Recording Academy Board of Trustees

The Recording Academy's national board of trustees now includes a Jamaica Plain resident. Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, was reelected to the board for her second consecutive term. Chelsey Green, an associate professor in the String Department and a resident of Jamaica Plain, will join the board for the first time. The board also now includes two Berklee faculty members and a Berklee Online student. Andrew Joslyn, acclaimed composer, violinist, and current Berklee Online student, was also elected to the board.


Norvin’s Beloved ‘Silver Bears’ Sculpture Part of Connecticut Public Art Exhibition

Morris Norvin's beloved sculpture of two silver bears is actually called The Discarded. It's been seen around Jamaica Plain through the years, and this summer it migrated to Connecticut to participate in a public art exhibition. The Discarded is one of seven Norvin sculptures participating in the Art Collective in Stamford Downtown through August. There are 34 sculptures in the rolling exhibition on streets and parks in Stamford. Being named The Discarded is apropos to Norvin's style of art.


Reading Frederick Douglass Together Event on July 11 Kicks Off Anti-Racism Summer Programming

A bilingual community reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" on July 11 will kick off a series of anti-racist summer programming in Egleston Square. This will be the fifth annual reading of Douglass' speech in Egleston Square. This year's event is at the Egleston Square Peace Garden at 3129 Washington St. The event is being co-moderated by Anne Hernández, a social worker for Boston Public Schools, and Adjunct Professor at Boston College School of Social Work, and Josué Sakata, Assistant Director of History and Social Studies for Boston Public Schools.