Free Watercolor Workshop for Kids at Jamaica Pond on June 9; Materials Provided

The popular ParksARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops are back, with an upcoming event for budding artists ages nine and up at Jamaica Pond on June 9th. Juleen Jones, who has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art, and owns a custom painting business called The Artist Touch, is the featured instructor. Child artists of all skill levels are welcome to create "greenspace-inspired masterpieces" and all materials will be provided. This is a free event led by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Holly and David Bruce. The JP workshop is the first of six workshops across the city.All classes are held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. weather permitting.

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First Thursday: Enjoy Art (Beer & Wine Tastings) at Local Bizs + Screen on the Green

Soooo we got a little excited about Jamaica Plain's First Thursday last week -- so much that we said it was last Thursday -- the last Thursday in May. But we promise First Thursday is happening this Thursday! June's First Thursday will include the ArtWalk among South and Centre streets businesses, beer and wine tastings, a movie screening on the Loring-Greenough House's lawn, food trucks and more. Screen on the Green is a super kid-friendly event that takes place on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House with a large outdoor screen, and is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets. This month's movie is "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which starts 6:30 pm.

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Photos: Footlight Club’s ‘Our Town’ Takes the Stage

In the Footlight Club's "Our Town," director Katie Swimm uses the 1930s play's movement and music to tell the story through an ensemble of actors that reflect the diverse community of Jamaica Plain in 2018. All photos are courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. Playwright Thornton Wilder penned "Our Town” in the 1930s when he was in his 30s, as a response to not being satisfied with theater of his era. Uniquely, it is narrated by a stage manager and is performed with minimal props and sets. Wilder wanted to create something that was more direct, which led to the play’s distinctive self-awareness and breaking of the fourth wall, which was not common back then, and is a beloved aspect of the show now.

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Boston’s Latin Quarter Receiving $100K National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Jamaica Plain's Latin Quarter has some big news this week! First, it is being designated an official Massachusetts Cultural District. Second, a $100,000 federal grant was awarded to Boston, which will be used to produce a cultural district plan that will include artists in residence who will work with area youth and the community to create cultural vibrancy projects. More than a year ago the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) began trying to obtain the cultural district designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and on Thursday the HSTF will hold a press conference in front of the Blessed Sacrament Church on Centre Street to announce the grant and the new cultural district. Two years ago the city designated the Hyde and Jackson Squares neighborhood as Boston's Latin Quarter, and now it will be known as the Latin Quarter Cultural District, becoming Boston's fourth cultural district.

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Everything’s ‘Just Ducky’ at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library with Art Exhibit

Two ceramic ducks are the stars of newest art exhibit that recently opened at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Artist Maureen O'Connor is known for her playful still life works of tchotchkes, and in this exhibit it's a pair of ducks that were given to her by her former roommate’s mother. The is the latest exhibit presented by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge. This is one of six art exhibits planned for the year at the South Street library. "These small inanimate knick knacks find new life under O’Connor’s brush, turning their seemingly quizzical expressions on gumball machines, rubber ducky toys, flowers, and each other.

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