2023 Recipients

Long version of the Showreel

Project Title Type of Event Description Date of event Time of Event (Please note if “all day”) Location Is the show especially kid-friendly? Y or N
Boston String Academy Music concert at Nathaniel Allen Center for Arts and Culture. Our young musicians will captivate the audience by playing music by Shostakovich, Sibelius and Desenne. 11/5/2022 Allen Center Y
Singers’ Choice w/guest conductor Music Our 12 core singers have chosen their favorite pieces by brilliant living composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Augusta Read Thomas, Sarah Rimkus, Hilary Tann, Patricia Van Ness, and Suzanne Sheppard, as well as 16th to 20th century composers Rebecca Clarke (UK), Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (Germany), Isabella Leonarda, and Caterina Assandra (Italy). Latina conductor Dr. Carolina Flores, director of Manchester Chorale (CT) will contribute her own choice of repertoire and lead the singers in an a cappella concert. 1/21/2023 City Hall N
Nightlife Multi  A family-friendly, interactive Dance/Theater production following the main character Pachuco aka Pac searching for acceptance, respect, and love for others while overcoming fear and adversity. It’s a fast-paced, entertaining, and fun show for all ages told through dance and comedic improv with a story based in a 1920s night club to the soundtrack of contemporary music. 1/23 American Legion N
2023 Lunar New Year Gala Multi A community celebration of the Lunar New Year 1/28/2023 REGIS COLLEGE N
Slam Theatre Multi Four to six 10-minute plays performed and/or read, written by Fabiola Decius and other local playwrights. There will also be one or two dance performances by Karen Bray of Newton and her troupe. 2/23 Nearby Gallery 101 Union St. Newton Centre N
Songs of Earth: Edie Hill Commission Music To offer a public concert of love songs and laments for earth, our common home, including works of women composers (Rhiannon Randle, Abbie Betinis, Patricia Van Ness, & Christina Whitten Thomas), and featuring a commissioned piece by Edie Hill on a climate change text by Danielle Cadena Deulen for chorus, water glasses, and hand held percussion instruments. 3/4/2023 Eliot Church 474 Centre St. Newton N
Holi, A celebration of color multi A Community celebration of Holi, the Indian festival of Spring and color. Mar 11, 2023 City Hall Grounds Y
Dance and Cake Dance Dance & Cake will provide an open, free space to explore movement, connect deeply with local dance both as a performer and audience member, and share experiences with other guests with no dance or movement experience necessary. March 19 John Barry Boys & Girls Club N
Women for Peace and Social Justice Music Features composers who use the music platform to affect change, raise awareness to social issues and address inequality March 20, 2023 Newton Library N
Belmont World Film’s 20th Family Festival Short and feature-length film programs from around the world in multiple languages–many based on children’s books and featuring multicultural casts–plus several workshops: clay animation with Aardman’s (WALLACE & GROMIT) senior animator (WALLACE & GROMIT), film criticism with the Boston Society of Film Critics, and a 48-hour filmmaking class. 1/14 W Newton Cinema Y
Lindy Hop A participatory dance event with a one-hour Lindy Hop beginner lesson and then a two-hour social dance session with a live band.   The Lindy Hop is an American dance born in Harlem, NY in 1928, and evolving ever since. Late March TBD Scandinavian Center N
Suzuki Playathon The Suzuki Playathon will create a music event encompassing six consecutive hours of music performances—a marathon of playing– in the central area of The Shops at Chestnut Hill. March 26, 12 – 6 PM Chestnut Hill Mall in front of Chesecake Factory Y
Newton Community Pride -WinterFEST Now in its 2nd year, WinterFEST is a new Festival for the city. WinterFEST opens on a Saturday night with a community soup social open to the community at the Hyde Playground. Performances will include live music by 2 local bands/performances, improve dance and costumed characters. On Sunday the Newton Centre Village Green will be filled with ice sculptures, a live ice sculpture demonstration, and a stage for musical performances and bands throughout the afternoon. 1/28 and 1/29 Hyde Center & Newton Green Y
Boston Festival of New Jewish Music The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music (BFNJM) is a free monthly concert series presenting original music drawing from the Jewish cultural experience. 10/26/22, 12/21/22 The Boston Synagogue N
Allen Center Outdoors Inaugural Music A weekend of outdoor performances by professional and community ensembles, launching the Center’s Summer Season of events, including classical, folk, and jazz music; dance; and potentially theater 6/10 – 6/11 The Allen Center, West Newton N
Art at the Bus Stop Visual Arts Rotating illuminated artworks with an emphasis on BIPOC artists, with power provided by solar panels 10/1/22 – 10/30/24 Captain Ryan Park, West Newton N
Broken Box Mime Theatre in Newton Theater Two mime shows: a daytime children’s show and an evening adult show. “Destination: Everywhere” celebrates the collective (and interactive!) power of the imagination for upper elementary kids and their families, and “Above Below” is a ‘best of BKBX’ from the company’s 10-year repertoire, containing BKBX short-form narratives covering themes such as love, climate change, family, race and gender issues, and–of course!– humor. March or April Nearby Gallery N
Cornell Coley and Afrika Gente Music A free outdoor concert of Afro-Latin jazz music with a 5-piece band led by teaching artist and performer Cornell Coley. Either 4/29 or 4/30 Y
Crankie Musical Storytelling Interdisci-plinary A 40-minute “crankie” with live music. A “crankie” is a traditional Appalachian-American story-telling medium utilizing an illustrated moving scroll. This is a musical story-telling piece rooted in American and Yiddish folklore for an intergenerational audience with all-original material. September Library Y
Dance Caliente Dance Three Ballroom Social Dance Workshops (1 1/2 hours each) that will take place weekly at the senior center covering three multi-cultural styles of Ballroom/Latin dance, accessible for all. Oct 6,23, 30 Senior Ctr N
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World Theater A multi-media one-woman show based on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt using music, videos, costumes and props. 4/23 Newton Sr Ctr N
Emerging Musical Artists Music A concert serices of young emerging artists selected through public audition October
Everybody Signs Humanities American Sign Language classes and story times for children and families, as well as recordings via NewTV, including Steve Weiner’s “Books for Breakfast” ASL story series, and a series of in-person events throughout the year. Sunday mornings, weekly, Monday afternoons, occasional events Zoom, Auburndale Library, NewTV Y
FenceArt Visual Arts Twenty works by Newton artists selected by a jury of professional artists, printed on vinyl banners and rotated through five public locations for approximately ten weeks at a time. All through 2023 Newton Senior Center, Newton Free Library, Watertown st at Bridge st, Beacon at Collins rd, Beacon at Cold Spring Park
FURTHUR Visual Arts An exhibition of flags, each of which encourages consideration of inclusion, diversity, and peaceful coexistence, accompanied by an artist talk and opportunitiy for participants to make their own flags April
Generations of Fun Multi-disciplinary A 60-minute concert and program including play party games, traditional and contemporary folk songs, folk tales, rhymes, family stories and oral history narratives. Instruments played include spoons, limber-jack and a variety of ethnic percussive instruments. Also included will be a video link, providing access to a related program of songs & stories that can be shared for up to three months tentatively 6/29 – 1pm Hyde Bandstand Y
Haiku Newton 2023 Literature The outdoor installation on yard signs of 30 juried haikus printed in color and displyed throughout Newton 4/1 – 5/31 Public Parks in Newton N
Highland Glee Club spring concert Music Saturday evening concert by the Highland Glee Club at the Newton VFW.
Indigenous Peoples Day Interdisci-plinary An outdoor, daytime, family-oriented cultural and spiritual celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day that is open, accessible, and welcoming. It will spotlight and celebrate the music, dance, poetry and visual art of diverse native artists currently living in the Northeast, with educational exhibits and tables sponsored by a wide range of indigenous contributors to our lives. 10/9 Albemarle Park Y
Newton Community Pride -Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts Multi-disciplinary A community festival including music, theatre, dance, story tellin,poetry, visual arts and a crafts fair. 7/23 Hyde CC N
MCA’s WCT ASL Storytime Multi-disciplinary A storytime and interactive creativity workshop featuring ASL and with ASL interpretations 1/1/23 – 8/31/23 Newton Public Libriary and on video Y
Mothers Voices Dance A live and recorded Flamenco performance with choreography and music reflecting the voices, concerns and dreams of Newton immigrant mothers Dance Complex-Cambridge N
Music Mondays at Scandinavian Center Music Live and live-streamed concerts by an all-women group focusing on classical, but including jazz, ethnic and folk content 2/20, 3/27, 4/24, 5/22, 10/9, 11/6, so far. June/Sept/Dec dates TBD. Scandinavian Center N
Music of the Waterlines Music A musical program focused on water and its social, political and material implications, with “scripted” and more fluid pieces taking place throughout the Waterworks Museum 4/1 Waterworks Museum N
New Arts Center’s Free Community Cultural Celebrations Multi-disciplinary A series of cultural celebrations including Festivals of Light (Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and Las Posadas) in December, Asian Lunar New Year in February, Holi Festival of Colors in March, Juneteenth and Pride Month in June. BIPOC curators will highlight Arabic women artists and 20th century Black musicians among others. 12/22-6/23 Art Center Y
New Repetoire for a Traditional Art Form Dance The creation of new choreography to music and poetry that speaks to a contemporary audience for Bharatanatyam – a classical Indian art form that primarily dwells on themes of mythology and spirituality. The resulting works will be performed at various events in Newton and surrounding towns. Several performances, dates not set Around Newton N
Newton Artists at the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music Music This grant request is specifically to partially fund two concerts featuring artists from Newton – Matthew Shifrin and Nat Seelen. The concerts will take place at the Boston Synagogue and live streaming over Zoom.
October 2022 – June 2023
The Boston Synagogue and live streaming
Newton Open Studios Visual Arts Community-wide celebration of local artists, with 140 participating through pop-up exhibit/sales locations throughout Newton, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, wearable art, photography, handmade objects and more 4/29-30 All over Newton Y
Newton Piano Summit Music Eight piano concerts featuring primarily jazz and classical music but including Global, R&B, Blues and popular music as well. 5/6,7,13,14 2nd Church N
Newton PorchFest Music Musical performances representing a dizzying array of types, presented outside homes, for attendees to stroll by 6/3 Auburndale, Newton Lower Falls, and Waban
North of the Tracks: A Newton Corner Story Humanities A walking tour of Newton Corner north of the MassPike, focusing on the neighborhood’s immigrant history, highlighting historical socioeconomic divides in Newton that relate to racial and socioeconomic divides toda Spr/Sum 23 ongoing Newton Corner N
Observation/Transformation Multi-disciplinary An interdisciplinary event for all ages featuring live draing and spontaneous tableaux vivants with improvised movement and soundscape A series of monthly public events in summer 2023 Newton Centre Green, Newton Centre Playground and Nearby Gallery Newton
Open Door Connections Multi-disciplinary Subsidized admission to the Discovery Museum to allow families facing financial or other barriers to visit at no or low cost. This includes families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf/hard of hearing, or are blind/have low vision; $1/person admission for EBT, ConnectorCare, and WIC cardholders; free admission for educators and military families; free admission for all on select Friday evenings; and free memberships donated to families in need. ongoing Acton Museum Y
Painters of Light Visual Arts A 90-minute program for seniors of all levels with 20-30 minutes of an informal art history presentation/discussion, leading into an hour of individual painting time supported by the group setting with all materials provided. Presenter/artist Carolyn Melbye guides participants in choosing and sketching a composition, then teaches them a ways to painting light. 2023 Brigham House N
Publicizing Newton Baroque Music A grant to fund expanded marketing efforts to build the audience for this acclaimed local music organization various Second Church N
Rehearsal for Life Opera/ Musical Theatre A performance by students in the theater program run by the Freelance Players, whose production will be family-friendly, lively, energetic and joyful.
Saturday Night Live at the Legion Music A performance opportunity for local blues musicians on a real stage playing with other musicians, starting with a short set by a house band followed by musicians having the opportuity to perform 3-5 songs with other musicians. March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th and August 2nd. American Legion Y
Sauntering Songs Music A performance of Nell Shaw Cohen’s newest commission, Sauntering Songs, scored for eight vocal soloists with a quartet of flute, guitar (electric and classical), piano, and cello. It features a libretto by the composer, with additional lyrics and poetry by a selection of contemporary and historical writers. The score incorporates influences from choral music, art song, chamber music, progressive rock, American folk music, and musical theater. 4/21 Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St N
Spring Hafla 2023 Dance A performance of MENAHT (Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenic, Turkish) dance and more, presented by a range of dance organizations and individuals from across new England. April or May TBD Y
Winds of the East Music A concert highlighting selections from composers from Japan, China, and Korea, as well as other composers influenced by these cultures. 4-Jun 3:00 PM 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Newton
Newton Artists at the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music Music This grant request is specifically to partially fund two concerts featuring artists from Newton – Matthew Shifrin and Nat Seelen. The concerts will take place at the Boston Synagogue and live streaming over Zoom.
October 2022 – June 2023
The Boston Synagogue and live streaming
Swinging on a Star Music A participatory, intergenrational program of a variety of musical styles ranging from 1940s swing to 50s and 60s pop, children’s Songs and Singing Games plus songs from Roger Tincknell’ s multiple Parents Choice Award-winning CDs. The program will also include old time sing-alongs, and traditional cowboy songs featuring show-stopping yodeling! The audience will be invited to sing, clap, move, and dance. The concert will be performed on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and percussion. July 27 1:00 PM Hyde Bandstand, Newton, MA
The Monologue Project: LGBTQ+ Celebration Theater This feature of the city-wide Pride Festival is an outdoors presentation of monologues and other forms of artistic expression spotlighting LGBTQ+ lived experiences and voices. 6/23 Hyde Bandshell N
Therapeutic Flamenco Dance An adaptive Flamenco Dance class and performance for children with life-limiting illnesses, that will be accompanied by a music therapist specializing in Flamenco music. unknown Hospice of the Good Shepher Y