Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series Concert on July 11th

Enjoy the summer in Boston’s Latin Quarter with an evening of live music on July 11th. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a fun evening of live Latin music by local artists Fabiola Mendez and Herencia Criolla at 6 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza (361 Centre Street). There will be games, activities and free ice cream provided by JP Licks! This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org.

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Boston’s Latin Quarter Receiving $100K National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Jamaica Plain's Latin Quarter has some big news this week! First, it is being designated an official Massachusetts Cultural District. Second, a $100,000 federal grant was awarded to Boston, which will be used to produce a cultural district plan that will include artists in residence who will work with area youth and the community to create cultural vibrancy projects. More than a year ago the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) began trying to obtain the cultural district designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and on Thursday the HSTF will hold a press conference in front of the Blessed Sacrament Church on Centre Street to announce the grant and the new cultural district. Two years ago the city designated the Hyde and Jackson Squares neighborhood as Boston's Latin Quarter, and now it will be known as the Latin Quarter Cultural District, becoming Boston's fourth cultural district.

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Bailemos! Dance for Youth in Hyde Square on May 12th

Dance the night away while raising money for Hyde Square Task Force’s youth arts programs on May 12th. The evening will kick off with free dance lessons in salsa, bachata and Cuban movement from incredible instructors: Burju Perez alongside her former student and HSTF alumnus Eury Ortiz, Angie Egea and Jonathan Burke. After the lessons there will be social dancing, Hyde Square Task Force youth performances and a raffle with prizes. This is an all ages event and all levels of dance abilities are welcome. The event will take place at Hyde Square Task Force, 30 Sunnyside St., Jamaica Plain from 5 to 8 pm.

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What’s Your Opinion on JP’s Latin Quarter? Hyde Square Task Force Wants to Know

The Hyde Square Task Force is holding a public meeting on May 7th to hear your opinion about the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood that was previously designated as Boston's Latin Quarter by the city. The Hyde Square Task Force wants to hear your input about the future of the Latin Quarter -- its strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. We'd like to know what kinds of arts and cultural events should be held, how to visually-brand the neighborhood, how to make everyone feel comfortable at Latin Quarter events and more. There will be a focus group at Hyde Square Task Force (361 Centre St., behind the Blessed Sacrament Church) on Monday, May 7th at 6 pm. There will be refreshments and a light dinner for participants.

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Postponed: Three Kings’ Day Parranda Moved to Jan. 12th

Due to the predicted freezing temperatures, Hyde Square Task Force is postponing its annual Three Kings' Day Parranda to January 12, 2018. We will start at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library for crown-making and a reading about Three Kings' Day at 4 pm. We will then parade and sing down Centre Street with Musicians in Community youth at 5:00 pm. The parade will end at Hyde Square Task Force (361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, (behind the Blessed Sacrament Church) with a performance of folkloric Caribbean music by Zayra Pola from 5:30-7:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided, and each child attending the event will receive a free book.

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