Eliot Schoolyard Concerts Showcasing Boston Talent
 Every Sunday from June thru September

Live outdoor music returns to the Eliot Schoolyard this summer for 15 Sunday afternoon concerts spanning Boston’s talent, from newcomers to legends. The series opens June 5 with violinist Shaw Pong Liu and pianist Brian Friedland in a rare duo appearance, playing improvisations and original tunes. It closes September 25 with local jazz legend Stan Strickland on sax, flute, and vocals joined by vocalist Lori Grimes and multi-instrumentalist Akili Jamal Haynes. In between, Niu Raza melds modern and traditional sounds from Madagascar on June 12; Dis N Dat Band rocks neo-reggae June 19; Trio Let’s Vamos brings danceable forró, accordion and percussion from Northeastern Brazil on August 28; and much in between. Admission is free; donations are welcome.

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Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts Wins Producers’ Award at Boston Design Week

Boston Design Week has announced the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts as winner of its Producers’ Choice Award. The awards celebration will take place May 6 at Boston Design Center, in the Seaport District. Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations. Each year, it pulls together more than a week of open houses, talks, exhibitions, and other events to showcase Boston’s broad array of design practitioners, and to encourage the public to explore all aspects of design. Its 9th Annual Boston Design Week Awards celebrate the diversity of the design community in greater Boston.

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Jamaica Plain Schools to Benefit from EdVestors Arts Expansion Grants

Four Jamaica Plain schools are among 75 schools that are receiving $400,000 worth of arts expansion grants from EdVestors. EdVestors is working with more than 35 arts partners across the city. These grants for the 2021-2022 school year take on new significance in light of results of a longitudinal study released last month detailing the benefits of arts education, including increased student and parent engagement and improved attendance for all students. In Jamaica Plain, four schools will receive grants to work with arts partners, and one organization will be the arts partner to schools in different neighborhoods. The Mission Hill K-8 School and Boston Teachers Union K-8 School are working with Rehearsal for Life, an urban improv organization, as its arts partner.

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Eliot School Announces New Annual Artist in Residence Program, Issues Call for Proposals

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, the 341-year-old Boston-based art center, is launching its new annual Artist in Residence program with a call for artists’ proposals by January 31, 2018 for residencies in 2019 and 2020. Artists in Residence will partner with the Eliot School’s Teen Bridge program, which brings a small group of passionate teens from Boston schools to its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse, where they participate in a rigorous arts program that combines skill building, mentorship, employment and intensive art enrichment opportunities. Application details can be found here: https://eliotschool.org /artists-residencies/proposals. Sculptor Nora Valdez will kick off the first residency in 2018 on the theme of home. Through this project, Nora and Teen Bridge youth will initiate a public dialogue by exploring the questions: What makes a place home?

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