A Year of Creativity in Egleston Square for Local Artists at CityPop

For more than a year, music, dance, invention and visual artistic expressions have been daily occurrences within the temporary space in Jamaica Plain known by the massive “street art” sign painted on the building’s side: CityPOP Egleston. The initial force behind the idea was City Realty managing partner Stephen Whalen, who had noticed a vibrant temporary arts space in Allston and immediately thought of a dormant building his company owned in Jamaica Plain. City Realty invited local artists to use the Washington Street structure without charge while the permitting process was underway for eventual redevelopment. The company undertook the repairs needed to meet building codes and make the premises safe for use; soon after, the artists moved in. Seven resident artists made most use of the space, but more than 25 local painters, inventors, writers, dancers and musicians have participated in the collaborative program.


Hands to Heart Center Provides Free Yoga Classes in Jamaica Plain

Free yoga classes in Jamaica Plain?! Yes, sign us up! The Hands to Heart Center - Yoga for the People is offering free yoga classes in two locations in JP and several other locations throughout Boston. "Hands to Heart Center - Yoga for the People is a nonprofit yoga service organization that shares the healing practice of yoga with people affected by addiction, poverty and trauma. HTHC was founded in April of 2014 and since then, we've provided over 1,000 free, customized yoga classes in branch libraries, community centers, detention units, high-poverty schools, homeless shelters, public  housing developments and residential treatment programs," said Susan Lovett, founder and director of HTHC.