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: 

Like us on Facebook!  Follow us on Twitter!
Guide to Newton's Resources

Looking for something to do? is a free on-lline 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! 


Check out the great Fall activities in the new Fall Postcard! Fall Postcard


Newton Cultural Council Grants for the funding period January 2018 - December 1, 2018 are available at  The deadline is October 16.


6th Annual
Roman Totenberg Young Strings Competition & Gala Concert
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall
Open to musicians ages 8 – 18
Competition Categories:
Ages 8-9; 10-11; 12-13; 14-15; 16-18 as of September 1, 2017
ROUND #1: Application Submission Deadline: September 15
Fee: $75 Winners of Round #1 will be notified by September 30
ROUND #2: the Competition:  Sat., October 7, 9am - 5pm
Registration Fee: $300. Includes competing in Round #2, professional recording, prizes, souvenirs and Gala Dinner Reception, Saturday evening, 
Winners’ Gala Concert and Reception: Monday, October 9, 3pm
Competition Chair: Dr. Vera Rubin – for questions
For guidelines and to Apply on-line: Totenberg Flyer

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.  9:30 - 11:15. 

Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Mon. Sept. 18 – Jan. 22 Art: Paula Gannon/Music: David Polansky
Tues. Sept. 19 – Jan. 15 Art: Teresa Curtin/Music: David Polansky
Wed. Sept. 20 – Jan. 2 Art: Teresa Curtin/Music: David Polansky
Thurs. Sept. 28 – Jan. 18 Art: Teresa Curtin/Music: David Polansky
Fri. Sept. 22 – Jan. 12 Art: Teresa Curtin/Music: Paula Gannon

Cost: $270 Newton Resident $295 Non-Resident

 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 Fall Session, Tuesdays at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall. Sept. 26 - Dec. 5.
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 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.  Ukulele flyer

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

Newton Resident $200, Non-Resident $250


back to top