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 



A family favorite for the past 20 years, the event will look different this year but promises to be a fun experience for children in Newton grades 3-8 and their families too. 

Our Cultural Development office and Newton Community Pride hope you register early and join the fun in painting our city in the Halloween spirit.  Thank you to all our participating businesses whose storefronts will become the exhibit halls to display the creative artwork by our local students.  See all the details and register at Newton Community Pride website.






An art and music program for toddlers 18 mo to 4 years accompanied by an adult.  Tuesday and Thursday mornings at The Cove playground area in Auburndale from 10 - 11am.  Bring your own blanket and enjoy music and movement with Nevena Dordevic (Tuesdays) and Thomas Meunier (Thursdays).  Grab a "to go" art project to take home and complete at your leisure.

5 weeks September 22 through October 22 $125.00.  Register HERE  at Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture My "register" then "programs" then scroll to the bottom under Cultural Development and select "Time for Partners" - choose your day and complete the registration.


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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