Live from the Mermaid's Tavern will be a virtual concert and fundraiser for the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on May 28. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are hosting the concert that will feature intimate solo performances, creative digital collaborations, clips from the GH&CS YouTube channel, and live commentary celebrating the band's annual reunion. All donations go to benefit the Jamaica Plain Public Library. The event will take place on May 28th at 7:30 pm. The concert is free, but a suggested $5 per person online donation is welcome.
The city and MassArt received a $1.2 million award from the Surdna Foundation to support Boston-connected artists of color through the development of a new, three-year regranting program Radical Imagination for Racial Justice. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, will distribute funds to artists seeking to advance racial justice through collaborative projects in their communities. “This is a huge moment for the city of Boston as we work to achieve equity in all sectors across all of our neighborhoods and communities,” said Mayor Marty Walsh. “Boston artists have improved the city’s culture and vibrancy firsthand, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they use their art to creatively imagine a better future for our city.”
The award is part of a three-year artist regranting initiative through Surdna’s Thriving Cultures program, which will support up to 260 projects by artists of color working with their communities around the country to imagine and practice racially just systems and structures. Through this award, Boston and MassArt will redistribute Surdna’s funds to artists and will provide direct support and technical assistance.
Artwork from community members is wanted for a JP Centre/South Main Streets large-scale projection show happening next weekend on the facade of J.P. Licks to support frontline workers. "We invite the people of Jamaica Plain to join this celebration by contributing artwork that expresses gratitude for the community. Kids’ artwork is especially encouraged!" said a JP Centre/South Main Streets newsletter. The light show will take place May 23 to May 25.
The Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) named two Jamaica Plain residents' books to the Must Read lists of the 20th annual Massachusetts Book Awards. The awards recognize works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and young readers written by Massachusetts authors and published during the prior year. Jamaica Plain's Alex Krieger's nonfiction book City on a Hill was named to the nonfiction Must Read list. Krieger, a noted urban planner and scholar, provides a history of American cities and towns and the utopian ideals that shaped them. The book includes rich illustrations and visions for the future.
Two Jamaica Plain residents were among five Bostonians named as the 2020 Boston Artists-in-Residence. This is the fourth year of the Boston Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program. The artists will work with a "parallel cohort of city partners to explore, critique, and re-imagine city initiatives at the intersection of civil service, social justice, and artistic practice." "We’ve seen great projects and powerful relationships come out of the Boston Artists-in-Residence program,” said Mayor Marty Walsh. “I look forward to seeing this new cohort help us think creatively about how we can enhance our services and programs for all Boston residents.”
The two Jamaica Plain residents are Victor Yang and Golden.