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.
Four new artistic bike racks have been installed in Hyde Square as part of the square's ongoing reconstruction. Four bike racks were installed along Centre Street in mid-December. One was installed in front of JP Laundry Centre near Paul Gore Street, one was installed near Sorella's in Hyde Square, one in front of Centre Liquor in Hyde Square and a fourth installed in front of Rizzo's Pizza at the corner of Westerly Street. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) led the project to install the bike racks with funding provided by the city through funds HJSMS receives to do work. The city's Public Works Department installed the bike racks.
A series of semi-permanant mosaic murals being installed on the plaza at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Hyde Square will be unveiled in a public celebration on Oct. 11th. Led by Jamaica Plain artists Richard Youngstrom, Fiona O’Connor and Andrea Tamkin, the Latin Quarter Mosaics Project is a New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City program. The project has been created in collaboration with Hyde Square Task Force, and included a series of mosaic workshops with community neighbors and youth. “We hope that visitors connect to Hyde Square/Latin Quarter in Jamaica Plain as an active and energetic place, filled with people, color, music and food from Latin America and across the United States.
Architect and MIT lecturer Cristina Parreño Alonso will create a public art project in Hyde Square that will offer the community a place to meet and socialize. She was selected after a request for proposals and will work with the community to refine the design and further develop the project. Parreño Alonso has been a lecturer in The School of Architecture and Planning at MIT since 2010, according to her website. Originally from Spain, she has a masters and bachelor degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) where she graduated with honors. People may recognize her work that was on display at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in 2015 as part of the Design Biennial Boston project.
Every Friday night is community stitch night at JP Knit & Stitch, and this month’s gatherings have been dedicated to the Pussy Hat Project to support the Women’s Marches on Saturday. Knitters make hats and donate them with a note about the issues that concern them most. Some knitters created four or five hats. Hundreds of people have come into the store to pick up hats for the March in Boston. People offered to buy the hats, but they weren’t for sale.