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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Check out the Summer 2016 Activities in Newton!
Summer Postcard

Newton Center Concert – ‘Shall We Dance?’
The Piano on Newton Center Green
Tuesday, July 26th, 6:30pm and Saturday, July 30th 6:30pm 

Pick up a picnic or an ice cream cone and gather around the gorgeous Newton Center Piano this Saturday night to enjoy a delightful, romantic musical evening of flute, cello and keyboard. Featuring Karis Jinhee Jung (New England Conservatory) on flute and piccolo; and Ester Na (Vienna Conservatory & Berklee college of Music) on cello and keyboard, playing a variety of music genres including Bossa Nova, Latin, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Bluegrass and Funk.

The Artful Pianos and Free Concerts are sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and the Newton Festival of the Arts. 


Free Performance for Kids - Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys

Tuesday, July 26th, 1pm
Newton Center Green, Centre & Beacon Streets

Boston's award-winning family band, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, has won legions of young fans and parents alike with their highly interactive, sing-jump-and-dance-along shows and sophisticated acoustic instrumentation.  Join the party in Newton Center with Vanessa and her band!  Friends are also invited to join in a parade "Carnival Day" style!  Vanessa is a Harvard-trained expert in early childhood education and she really knows what gets kids moving and grooving.

 Summer Performances


Dancing in the Parks – Women in World Jazz

Wednesday, July 27th, 6:30pm
345 Walnut Street, Newton Senior Center, Newtonville

Bring a picnic, a blanket or chair to sit on, don’t forget your dancin’ shoes, and enjoy a free summer concert by Women in World Jazz, presenting an educational performance for the whole family featuring an international ensemble of all-female performers showcasing music and dance from around the world. The concert features musical styles from Cuba's Cha Cha to Cape Verde's Coladeira, as well as songs from Israel, Brazil and Japan, mixed in with jazz favorites. The ensemble’s goal is to give the audience a taste of different cultures from around the globe through the expression of music and dance. Dancing in the Parks concerts are sponsored by the Village Bank.



Time for Partners

Summer Classes- Now enrolling -

Art & Music classes for kids 18 months to 4 years, with an adult.

Franklin Elementary School, 125 Derby St., West Newton
9:30am - 11:15am
                                                          Art                              Music  
Tuesdays, 7/5
 - 8/9         Terry Curtin          
David Polansky 
Wednesdays, 7/6 - 8/10   Terry Curtin           David Polansky
Thursdays, 7/7 - 8/11        Terry Curtin           David Polansky 

To register:, click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Activity Registration, choose your day.  
Newton resident $130, Non-resident $150

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