Screen shot of portion of map for June 2014 JP Centre/South First Thursdays Artwalk

Your Map to the June JP Centre/South Artwalk

It's First Thursday again, which means shops, restaurants and galleries all along Centre/South will be hosting the work of local artists. The event, guaranteed to be lively even if the anticipated rain doesn't let up, runs from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Here's your map to the festivities, showing the more than 40 venues that will be taking part in the evening, which is organized by JP Centre/South Main Streets. As in previous First Thursdays this year, a "cash mob" will be conducted at one of the district's businesses. The idea is simple: Residents come to the store armed with $10 or $20 or more to spend, giving a boost to one of the community's shops.

Screen shot of top of map for First Thursdays Art Walk for May 1, 2014

Here’s Your Map to Nearly 40 First Thursday Art Walk Locations

The second "First Thursday Art Walk" of 2014 happens from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. If you've never experienced it, you should wander into the Centre/South section of JP and check it out. Businesses up and down the corridor will have art exhibits, live bands and tastings of food, wine and beer. Among highlights for this month's Art Walk is a "Maker Space" invading 668 Centre St. Accompanied minors can use 3-D printers and soldering to bring the objects of their imagination to life.

Launch party for Jamaica Plain News, Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Packed House Celebrates Launch of Jamaica Plain News

We launched the neighborhood's newest news source, Jamaica Plain News, with a party during the spring's inaugural First Thursday Art Walk. Dozens of residents stopped by to give their best wishes to the new project. My wife, Jane, and I are deeply appreciative of the warm welcome back to the neighborhood. The launch party took place during a celebration of First Thursday. Mayor Marty Walsh attended and spoke of the link between the arts scene and a healthy neighborhood economy.

Celebrating the reboot of First Thursday Art Walk at 668 Centre St. on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Mayoral Visit Caps Big Night for Small Business and the Arts Along Centre/South

If you weren't among the throngs who turned out for the re-boot of First Thursday Art Walk along Centre/South, you missed art exhibits, concerts, food tastings, a visit from the mayor — and free beer. Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. the event packed sidewalks and businesses from The Hallway Gallery all the way to Tres Gatos. Inside the "pop-up" event space at 668 Centre St., about 100 people joined Mayor Marty Walsh and the board for Centre/South Main Streets to celebrate the renewed tradition of First Thursday Art Walk. Walsh, in remarks from a podium set up where a jazz trio played earlier that night, called the Art Walk an "exciting, innovative program." "It's a perfect example of how the small business community and arts community can come together," the mayor said.