Learn About Afro-Latin Art at Artesanias del Mundo on Sept. 29

Learn about traditional Afro-Latin art from countries all over the world at Artesanias del Mundo on Sept. 29. At this family friendly event you can get creative and make your own art including Dominican vejigante masks, Peruvian bracelets, Mexican tin art and more. This free event is on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.) from 2 to 4 pm.

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Crowdfunding: Hyde Jackson Square Main Street Wants Support for Café in Mozart Park

The Boston Main Streets Foundation and Hyde Jackson Square Main Street are working to create a welcoming, vibrant, social café in Mozart Park prior to each outdoor Movies in Mozart show in August and September. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street from Patronicity on Vimeo. The goal is raise $2,500 goal by midnight on August 7th and that total will be matched with a grant from Boston Main Street Foundation’s Matching Grant Program. "We are extremely excited about providing a great café experience, outdoors in Mozart Park prior to our... movies series,” said Gerald Robbins, Executive Director of Hyde Jackson Square Main Street.

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JP Porchfest is July 7th: Get Ready for 170 Performances on 90 Porches!

The 5th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this Saturday will be more awesome than the previous four as it will include music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus arts and a politicians' porch. "We have 90 generous porch hosts this year – that is, folks who offer their porches to performers. In some cases, people perform on their own porches, but they often welcome others," said Mindy Fried, co-organizer with Marie Ghitman and Eli Pabon. "And in many cases, porch hosts simply offer their porches to whomever we assign to their porches, of course taking into consideration their available space, and if they have any special requests." Click on the map of porches to see a description of all of the performances (courtesy JP Porchfest).

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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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4th Annual Inside Out Sidewalk Sale

Celebrate Hyde and Jackson Squares as a destination for food and shopping at the 4th annual Inside Out Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Food from 5 continents and diverse shopping from 45 business that will move their products from the inside of their stores to the outside will be mixed in with live outdoor music and street artists. More information and updates to participating businesses can be found at https://bit.ly/2r3YbUM