‘Never Too Much, Always Enough’: Mayor’s Mural Crew Art Installation Celebrates Olmsted Bicentennial

Boston's Mayor’s Mural Crew and the National Park Service created a series of temporary chairs across the Emerald Necklace to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted. The park furnishings, named “never too much, always enough,” features 24 chairs in six sites across the Emerald Necklace, which was designed by Olmsted. The chairs were built by repurposing the distinctive white spruce-pole fence that was designed by Olmsted, to surround the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline (Fairsted). Jamaica Plain resident Heidi Schork, who founded The Mayor’s Mural Crew, designed the chair with an inspiration to use the same curves found in Fairsted’s beautiful fence, according to a press release. The chair are at the following locations:

Jamaica Pond, in the southwest corner overlooking the pond and in the northwest corner amongst the trees

Franklin Park, to the left of Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse and at the top of Scarborough Hill (by Hole 12 of the golf course)

Allerton Overlook, off of Pond Avenue by Olmsted Park’s Leverett Pond

Back Bay Fens, off of Park Drive behind the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden


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This project was conceptualized and brought to life by a group of youth artists employed through Boston’s Department of Youth Employment, together with adult artists employed for the Boston Parks Department, including: Aiyanna Canty, Aminah Yahya, Bobby Zabin, Camila Aguilera-Steinert, Eli Swanson, Emmett Hughes, Heidi Schork (Program Director, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Inez Bendavid-Val, Jamar Joseph, Jerome Jones (Lead Artist, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Kayla Depina, Laniya Harding, Liz O’Brien (Program Manager, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Lucy Edelstein-Rosenberg, Maia Poremba, Madalen Bigsby-Licht, Nalani Reid, Niamh Mulligan, Tony Depina, Xavier James, Xzavier Santiago, and Zariyah Wilkerson.


‘Art For Abortion Access’ Show at Vee Vee

Community members looking to support reproductive justice can do so during a collaborative art event between Vee Vee and local artists on August 13. “It’s our job to step up and support access for all to have this essential medical care. That’s why we’re raising funds for The Brigid Alliance, who assists women in need throughout the entire process of receiving abortion care. Every dollar we get at the event will go directly to support their work,” said Jamaica Plain resident Jeremy Fischer of Boston For All, the group behind the event. All art for sale has been donated by the artists themselves because they have chosen to support the cause.


Jamaica Plain Author Asks: What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?

One night last fall my partner Adam and I were talking about why adults ask children, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' We thought it might be better to ask, 'What do you want to DO when you grow up?' 

I'm a single dad of two, on graduating high school in June, and 21 year old graduating college next year. I've been spending a lot of time talking with them about their passions and their futures, so it got me thinking. 
A Jamaica Plain-born book called Dear Graduate. We were taken aback by the idea that any age could apply the ideas to themselves, but we saw that there was something about it that resonated, something that reminded us all of our own journeys and maybe how to pass on some wisdom. 

We wanted to give any graduate a moment to think deliberately about the road ahead and what they want to accomplish. The book asks questions of the reader—about what they hope to use their time to do and what values they’ll develop, evolving to bigger questions about how they act in the world and who they want to become and what they will achieve. 

It also connected with the sense that a lot of people look down on other people because of the type of work they do or the education they’ve received.


Have You Seen The New Beautiful Mural on McBride Street?

Sharif Muhammad's giant new beautiful mural called Rainbow Swag on McBride Street is turning heads. The new mural is on the northwest side of the Extra Space Storage Facility at 141 McBride Street. The mural competition was planned by the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) and SSG Development and Construction. Muhammad, a Jamaica Plain resident, was one of two artists chosen to make murals at the site. A jury of seven artists selected Muhammad.


JP Filmmaker’s Short Doc Confronts History of Scalp Bounty Hunting Premiering April 12 in Boston

A Jamaica Plain resident's latest documentary was a collaborative project with the Penobscot Nation to reveal the hidden story of scalp bounty proclamations

Bounty tells the hidden story of the Phips Proclamation, which is an example of the rampant use of scalp-bounty proclamations to exterminate Penobscot people in order to take their land in what is now New England. The film will premiere at the Old South Meeting House on April 12, which is on the unceded land of the Massachusett people and their neighbors the Wampanoag and Nipmuc Nations. The documentary short is a collaborative project between Emmy Award-winning Upstander Project and citizens of the Penobscot Nation. The Upstander Project was co-founded by Jamaica Plain resident Adam Mazo with fellow Bostonian, educator and curriculum designer Mishy Lesser. The Upstander Project uses its documentaries, learning resources to educate teachers and students to destroy hateful stereotypical racist ideas.