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.


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.


Boston Kids Comics Fest in JP on April 28th

Do you have a kid who likes comics, graphic novels and hybrid books? Then you'll want to bring them to the all-day Boston Kids Comic Fest in Jamaica Plain on April 28th. The Comics Fest is for parents, guardians, educators, librarians and, of course, kids, to discover and explore "kid friendly" comics, according to the event's website. There will be hands-on workshops for ages five to 12 aiming "at a full immersion experience in the art of creating and choosing comics." Parents and guardians are asked to accompany children to workshops.


Footlight Club’s ‘Heathers The Musical’ Opens April 13th

The Footlight Club's "Heathers The Musical" is based on the cult classic 1980s movie starring Christian Slater, Winona Ryder and Shannen Doherty. That trio are not in the local show, but that's probably for the best as the drama will remain on stage and not behind the scenes in the Footlight's version opening April 13th. With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the musical tells the story of Veronica Sawyer, originally played by Ryder, who is a brainy and beautiful teenager, and part of the Heathers, the most popular and powerful clique in high school. She finds out that being part of the clique means she's got to bully kids, including former friends of hers. She ends falling for a mysterious newcomer, Jason Dean (JD), originally played by Slater.


Jamaica Plain Artists Association Spring Members Show Opens April 13

America's oldest community theater is teaming up with the Jamaica Plain Artists Association to debut the Footlight Club's "Heathers: The Musical" and the association's Spring Members Show on April 13th. The Jamaica Plain Artists Association (JPAA) Spring Members Show will feature more than 25 artists exhibiting original paintings, photography, encaustic art, mixed-media, sculpture and more. The artists are all local from JP, Roslindale, Hyde Park, Brookline and more. There will be an Artist Talks event on Wednesday, April 18th from 6 to 9 pm during which several exhibiting artists will discuss their art and creative processes. Artists included in the show are: Nicole Bahlmann, Erica Baptiste, Phyllis Bluhm, Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri, Lynn Dann, Erik Gehring, Lisa Goren, Suzanne Hoffman, Yangsoon Ji, Cynthia Kollios, Victoria Laje, Joni Lohr, Nancy Marks, Silvina Mizrahi, Erica Nazzaro, Fiona O'Connor, Remi Picó, Mardi Reed, Andrea Tamkin, Al Wallstrom, Barbara Ellen Watkins, Nancy J Young, Richard Youngstrom and Ginny Zanger.