Cultural Development/Arts in the Parks

Cultural Development 
Newton Community Pride 
Newton City Hall, room 203 Newton, MA 02459  Phone: 617-796-1540 

Paula Gannon, Director:
Danielle Moriarty, Associate Director: 
Lori Lass, Office Assistant:

Looking to contact Newton Community Pride?  click here: Newton Community Pride 

Click here for a peek into Newton's comprehensive arts/culture plan CREATE NEWTON.


Looking for something to do? is a free on-line Calendar that lists any cultural events happening in Newton, and events by Newton cultural organizations that are happening outside Newton. It's free to use, and to post. Save it on your desktop, put it on your phone, and check it out! 


**** When Newton Public Schools delayed/canceled then the Time for Partners Program is canceled for the day.  *****

Time for Partners  -  Art & Music program for children 18 months to 4 years, with an adult. Learn, explore and make new friends. 9:30 - 11:15 am.        

Newton Cultural Center/War Memorial at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

 Music faculty:  David Polansky & Nevena Djordjevic
Art faculty: Terry Curtin & Donna Leone



Winter 2019/2020

Monday              Dec. 2 – March 16            12 classes            $228

Tuesday             Dec. 2 – March 17            13 classes            $247

Wednesday        Dec. 4 – March 18            13 classes            $247

Thursday            Dec. 5 – March 19            14 classes            $266

Friday                 Dec. 6 – March 20            14 classes            $266


Spring 2020  -  $175  for 9 sessions 

Monday              March 30 - June 8            

Tuesday             March 31- June 2 

 Wednesday        April 1 - June 3 

Thursday           April 2 – June 4 

Friday                 April 3  – June 12 


Summer 2020 - $125 for 6 sessions

Tuesday             July 7 - Aug 11 

Wednesday        July 8 - Aug 12 

Thursday           July 9 - Aug 13  

Register Online Here

 You must create an account to use this site.  Once you are logged in, click on “register”, click on “programs”, select “Cultural Development – Time for Partners”, select the day of your choice and complete the registration with a credit card at checkout. 

Siblings: age up to 12 months free; 12 months and older 50%; Guest Drop In $25. Sibling Drop In $10.              Photos courtesy of Teresa Curtin.


Tanglewood Marionettes present The Dragon King   

Thursday February 20, 2020   11am and 1pm showtimes

Newton City Hall - War Memorial Cultural Center Auditorium

Get your tickets online here


ANNOUNCING BEGINNER UKULELE LESSONS for children in grades 2-5 starting in February.  The ukulele is small, light and with only four strings is a perfect first instrument for young children.   What could be better than your little one strumming and singing such classic tunes as “You are my sunshine” and “Happy Birthday” after just a few lessons?  With this program your child can experience the world of musicianship in a friendly and fun environment. 

Instructor Leslie Ross-Degnan, is an experienced early childhood teacher with a master’s in education from Wheelock College, who has always loved singing and playing music with children.  Her motto is: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a ukulele and that’s pretty close.” She loves playing ukulele with the Newton City Hall Strummers and continues her studies at Rob’s Guitar School in Newton.  Leslie looks forward to sharing her ukulele euphoria with young students.

Registration is now open for beginner classes for Grades 2 – 5, Tuesdays, February 25 – May 5, 1:30 – 2:15 pm, at The Centre at 1294 located at 1294 Centre Street, Newton Centre.  No previous music experience required. Sign up here

You must have an account on the site before you can register.  Please call the office with questions.


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