Several Jamaica Plain residents and a local nonprofit received public arts grants from the city focused on addressing public connectedness during these insecure times. A total of $35,000 in grants were given through the city's Transformative Public Art Program. The city announced a call to artists in April with particular interest in temporary and new media art projects that respond to COVID-19. Grants were provided in two categories: Now and Later. Now projects will take place in a virtual or public setting through September 30 of this year, and are $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000 grants.
Miss that feeling of watching a movie on the big screen? Then you'll want to check out the first JP Movie Night Drive-In Movie experience being held this Saturday night. The cult classic comedy Groundhog Day will be the first drive-in movie, and be shown on June 27 at 8:30 pm. show at at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury.
A beautiful mural honoring George Floyd has been painted in Hyde Square. For Core Cannabis, which will be co-locating a Social Justice Cannabis Museum at the same site, it made sense to demonstrate support of recent protests and current events. The mural was painted by Alexander Golob, outside of the Core Cannabis marijuana dispensary, which funded the painting. "As a woman and minority owned business, we fell in love with the sentiment of the call to unite mothers against injustice," said Tomas Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Core Cannabis. "Alex took that passion and created this moving design.
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.