Cultural Development

Cultural Development

The Centre at 1294
1294 Centre Street 
Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Phone: 617-796-1540

Paula Gannon, Director
Danielle Moriarty, Associate Director

Mission Statement
Newton's Office of Cultural Development administers and supports creative, cultural programming in Newton, MA. Alongside community collaborators, the municipal agency operates as a presence for equal access to arts and culture throughout the City of Newton. 

Take a look into Newton's comprehensive arts and culture plan CREATENewton

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


           2020 Mayor’s Dazzling Holiday Drive -Thru featuring Giant Puppets, Frosty, Newton Teddy Bear and more!

This holiday season, things are a little different, but we can still celebrate with a festive drive-through display of holiday lights, music and surprises! All are welcome to Mayor Fuller’s Celebration on Tuesday December 8th (rain date Dec. 9th).  Arrive between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Bring an unwrapped gift (ages newborn -10y) to support the Newton Police Department’s “stuff a cruiser” for the Village Bank’s Gift Drive.  Please consider supporting the Newton food pantries by bringing a grocery gift card.  Mayor Fuller will greet you as volunteers collect your donations in a contact free manner.  Look for Frosty and other special friends along the drive-by route.  Newton Community Pride volunteers will be handing out a thank you gift for your support.  This event is sponsored by Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture, and Newton Community Pride. Special thanks to Jerry Reilly for the giant puppets! Please consider purchasing your donations locally and head to dinner (or take out) after your drive-through visit.  For more information call 617-796-1540.  Click for more info.


Halloween Window Decorating 

A family favorite for the past 20 years, the event looked a little different this year but was a fun experience for children in Newton grades 3-8 and their families too. 

To view an online exhibition of artwork displayed throughout Newton, visit Newton Community Pride website.

Newton Al Fresco - Barrier Painting

Volunteer artists worked magic on concrete cement barriers in support of several local restaurants and their newly established outdoor eating spaces.


Grab a meal at one of the participating restaurants and enjoy some art while supporting small businesses. Click HERE to see more!


 COMMUNITY CAMERA 2020                     VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

Click HERE to view the exhibit!

COVID-19 Resources

The City of Newton's Cultural Development Office is committed to helping Newton artists through the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to support our arts and culture in Newton, a list of resources, including funding sources, grants, and webinars, is available to you here: 

COVID-19 Resources 

Together, we'll get through this!

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