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Lighting the Latin Quarter through Arts: Lantern Installation and Live Graffiti Portraiture at Hyde Square Task Force
September 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - September 21, 2014 @ 4:00 pmFree
The weekend of September 20-21st, Hyde Square Task Force will light Boston’s Latin Quarter through arts in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and JP Open Studios.
A number of events will take place over Saturday and Sunday, including free lantern making workshops with Boston Makers, an original installation art piece using hand-made origami lanterns, a live portrait session with acclaimed Dorchester artist Cedric Douglas, the recent winner of a city-wide competition held by The Boston Foundation and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Afro-Latin music and dance performances by Hyde Square Task Force youth.
All events will take place on the plaza of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. A full itinerary is below and available at our website.
Saturday, September 20th
- 12-6PM: Community input installation: share your vision for our future arts and center housed in the Blessed Sacrament Church on a piece of ribbon and add it to the installation; sidewalk chalk art, face painting, free lemonade and popcorn.
- 12-4PM: Free lantern making workshops with Boston Makers. Workshop participants will then have the opportunity to add their pieces to the lantern installation on the steps of the Church or bring them home.
- 2-5PM: Live portrait painting by Cedric Douglas of Celia Cruz, “The Queen of Salsa.”
- 4-6PM: Lantern installation on the steps of the Blessed Sacrament Church.
- 6:15PM: Afro Latin dance and music performances by Hyde Square Task Force youth.
Sunday, September 21st
- All day: Community feedback installation: share your vision for our arts and civic center on a piece of ribbon and add it to the installation; sidewalk chalk art, face painting, free lemonade and popcorn.
- 12-4PM: Learn about paper circuits workshop with Boston Makers. Participants will learn about the circuits that make LED lights work and fold their own origami lantern.
The lantern installation piece will bring light to the building itself, which has been closed to the community since 2004. This year, HSTF purchased the Church building, making a commitment to reopen it for community use. These events on the plaza of the Blessed Sacrament Church, celebrate the cultural richness of Boston’s Latin Quarter and the community through light, music, and dance.
More information about Boston Makers.
More information about Cedric Douglas.
About Hyde Square Task Force:
The mission of Hyde Square Task Force is to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community. Last year, HSTF served 1,200 young people through its leadership development, college and career exploration and preparation, arts and cultural enrichment, school-based partnerships, and youth-led community-building initiatives.
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