Cultural Affairs/Arts in the Parks


Mayor's Office For Cultural Affairs

Newton Cultural Affairs Offices (relocated
Newton City Hall (second floor room 203)
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-796-1540

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Linda R. Plaut, Director:
Jeannie Smith, Assistant Director:

Guide to Newton's Resources
Winter/Spring Events in Newton
Winter/Spring Events (click for postcard)

The 7th Annual Newton Spelling Bee
A fun and educational elementary school Spelling Bee for Newton children in Grades K - 5.
Please click for the list of this year's winners.  Congratulations to everyone who participated. See you next year!
Spelling Bee Winners 2014


Duty, Sacrifice, Honor -
Unsung Black Veterans in U.S. History
Crispus Attucks, Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen are American heroes, black members of the military - known to most Americans. However many black veterans have received little or no recognition for their service to our country. The vibrant paintings, by high school students, of these veterans and their untold stories are on display from Thursday, April 10th through Friday, May 2nd at the Newton City Hall Gallery. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artists on Thursday, April 17th at 5pm.

Heartbreak Hill Road Race
Saturday, April 19, Noon - 3pm
One mile - up and down famed Heartbreak Hill
For all runners ages 8 - 90.  All runners receive a free ticket to the pre-race pasta/pizza party on Friday, April 18th, 5:30pm at Newton City Hall. Runners receive a free t-shirt, race medallion, goody bag, official digital-clock time and the cheers and admiration from all! Register at

Heartbreak Hill Road Race (click for more information)

14th Annual NewtonSERVES 
A Day of Community Service
Sunday, April 27th, 9am - 4pm
NewtonSERVES brings together volunteers of all ages to complete tasks that benefit over 60 non-profit agencies and City of Newton departments.
Project leader registration begins on Feburary 1.
Volunteer registration begins on April 1st. for more information.
Time for Partners Winter/Spring 2014
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Art & Music every day, for children 18 months to 3.5 years, with an adult.

9:30 - 11:15am - includes a snack break
Mondays: 2/3/14 - 6/2/14
Tuesdays: 1/28/14 - 5/20/14
Wednesdays: 1/29/14 - 5/21/14
Thursdays: 1/30/14 - 5/22/14
Fridays: 1/31/14 - 6/6/14

Mondays: Kim Jaques/David Polansky
Tuesdays: Kim Jaques/David Polansky
Wednesdays: Suzanne Archibald/David Polansky
Thursdays: Terri Curtin/David Polansky
Fridays: Suzanne Archibald/Paula Gannon

To Register:, click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Activity Registration, click on Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs, choose your day.  Newton resident: $270, Non-Newton resident: $295  Time for Partners Fall/Winter

Summer Time for Partners
at Franklin Elementary School
9:30 - 11:15am
Mondays: June 30 - August 4
Tuesdays: July 1 - August 5
Wednesdays: July 2 - August 6
Thursdays: July 3 - August 7
$130 Newton Resident, $150 Non-Resident
Summer Programs for Children

Theatre Arts - Summer
Newton Youth Players - "Annie"
June 30 - July 24, 9am - Noon
Directed by Melissa Bernstein.
For young actors entering grades 1 through 6, spend their mornings with professionals who specialize in drama, music, scenery design and choreography. This fun-filled three and a half week program culminates in a wonderful musical production.
$650 Newton Resident
$700 Non-Resident
Register at
Summer Programs for Children

Newton Youth Players

The Newton BoxART Project - Call for Entries
The BoxART Program places artwork from Newton artists on the city's traffic control boxes.   Artists may submit jpegs of work in any media, including but not limited to photography, painting, quilting, collage, and photos of sculpture.  Accepted works will be applied as commercial signage wraps to the traffic control boxes.  A jury team of professional artists assembled by NewtonOpen Studios will choose from submitted images, with oversight from the City of Newton.  This will be an ongoing project, with multiple calls for artists.
Poetry in the Park - Call for Entries
Newton residents are invited to submit up to three original nature poems to the Poetry in the Park Contest. At least twelve poems will be selected to be permanently affixed to stone pillars in Edmands park in Newtonville.  Click on the link to read more. Poetry in the Park

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Events for the month of April, 2014
All Day - Newton Open Studios
All Day - Newton Open Studios
12:00 PM - Heartbreak Hill Road Race
9:00 AM - NewtonSERVES