Cultural Affairs/Arts in the Parks

Mayor's Office For Cultural Affairs
Newton Cultural Affairs Offices 
Newton City Hall (second floor room 203) Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-796-1540 
Linda R. Plaut, Director: 
Jeannie Smith, Associate Director: 

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Guide to Newton's Resources

We are delighted to announce to launching of a new Newton Cultural Calendar A free on-lline Calendar that lists any cultural events happening in Newton, and events by Newton cultural organizations that are happening ourside Newton. It's free to use, and to post. Save it on your desktop, put it on your phone, and check it out! 


Check out the Fall Activities in Newton!

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The Tanglewood Marionettes present “The Dragon King"
Wednesday, December 28, 10:30am & 1pm
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall

An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, The Dragon King tells the tale of a wise Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. The Dragon King is ruler of the waters, and the people are beginning to wonder why he has not brought the precious rains in such a very long time. With colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and a Dragon King that will knock your socks off, “The Dragon King” is a heart-warming
tale that will thrill young and old alike.  Tickets $8 in advance at  or $10 at the door. Dragon King


Mayor’s New Year’s Open House
Saturday, December 31st, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Newton City Hall

Family entertainment by the American Chinese Art Society (a cultural gem of dance), Davey the Clown (juggling, magic, wacky antics) and Big Joe the Storyteller (laugh out loud funny).   Also, Face painting, Arts & Crafts and Refreshments courtesy of KIND Bars. Free Admission. Contribute to Soldier’s Care Packages and help assemble them. People are also welcome at 9am also to help sort food for the Food Pantries. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Newton Food Pantries.  Details of requested items are at Newton Food Drive.   



Time for Partners - Now enrolling 



Art & Music classes for children 18 months to 3.5 years, with an adult. Learn, explore and make new friends.
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 
9:30am - 11:15am

Fall/Winter Session: Sept. 19 – Jan 23, ‘17
Winter/Spring Session: Jan. 30 – June 2, ‘17 - now enrolling!

Art Music
Mon. P. Gannon D. Polansky
Tues. T. Curtin D. Polansky
Wed. T. Curtin D. Polansky
Thurs. T. Curtin D. Polansky
Fri. T. Curtin P. Gannon  
Newton Resident $270, Non-Resident $295, 
Siblings > 12 months free, 12 – 18 months 50%, other siblings drop in $10, Guests $25.


 TO REGISTER: Registration , Click on Time for Partners or Ukelele

Learn to Play the Ukulele!
Now Registering kids in Grades 2 – 5 for the Winter Session, Tuesdays, Jan. 31 – April 4 at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall. 
Uke 1 – an introduction class to the ukulele and perfect for kids who want to learn an instrument, while exploring the world of musicianship. Students will learn basics of the instrument, including rhythmic strumming and chords. They will be playing songs in a few short weeks! 1:15pm –  2pm
Uke 2 – The student must have completed Uke 1. All levels of players are welcome for continued learning and weekly “jam session”. 2:15pm – 3pm
Bring your own instrument or contact teacher for rental. 



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