Arts & Culture * Beautification * Service

Spring & Summer Special Events Coming! 

Performing & Visual Art Opportunities 

Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts

Call For Proposals

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts July 22-24th, 2022 where we will celebrate and showcase Newton's talent over 3 days on 5 stages in the Highlands, Waban, Newton Centre, West Newton, and Nonantum. Are you interested in participating? NCP is requesting proposals for performances and visual art opportunities from Newton creatives.

Submit proposals by April 29th

Click here to apply!

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Call for Artists "Sit & Let Your Spirit Soar"

Attention artists, an exciting opportunity awaits with Newton Community Pride's latest city-wide public art initiative. NCP is accepting design submissions for Sit & Let Your Spirit Soar, a public art installation designed to create community, encourage conversation, and inspire feelings of connection throughout several village locations.

Submit your proposal by answering the prompt "______ makes my spirit soar". A $500 honorarium is available for selected designs. Local and regional artists are invited to submit applications no later than April 22, 2022. Winners will be selected by May 15, 2022 Newton high school students, 16 years old or older, are encouraged to apply.  More information can be found at

Sit & Let Your Spirit Soar is presented by The Village Bank and supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local council supported by the Mass Cultural Council and the City of Newton.

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Meet Our New Team Member

We welcome SadieAnn Strouse to NCP as our intern for this spring and summer! SadieAnn is a graduate student at Boston University in the Arts Administration program. She is a Michigan native and has been living in Newton for the past two years. She looks forward to helping out with NCP's public art initiative, summer festivals and meeting community members over the next several months!


News From our Sponsored Organizations

Newton Open Studios Celebrates its 25th Aniversary. They invite you to join them for this wonderful and joyful celebration of Newton's arts scene and creativity.

If you are a visual artist who lives, works, or belongs to any Newton Arts organization, you can exhibit during Newton Open Studios.

You can register at

The early bird deadline is approaching! Register early before April 23 for $150 or between April 23 to May 6 for $175. For questions or information about locations, contact: Claudia Fiks at

Dates: Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22 from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Donor & Volunteer Spotlight:

Dinny Starr

Hi, my name is Dinny Starr and I am a stained glass artist, pet portrait painter, and longtime Board member with Newton Community Pride for over 4 years. I have served in many capacities, but for the last 2 years, I have served as Vice-Chair of the Board and Programming Committee Chair. 

When my children were younger we loved participating in KidsFEST, viewing the festive and spooky Halloween-painted windows, volunteering at the Spelling Bee, and attending the summer concerts at the Newton Centre village green. Now I love seeing the next generation of Newton residents participate and enjoy NCP's events - Winterfest, the Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts, and NCP's public art initiatives. 

I am happy to volunteer and donate as an NCP Benefactor of the Arts because I see firsthand how our donor dollars are leveraged to provide the greatest community impact with prudent fiscal stewardship. I look forward to our spring and summer programming and having Newton come alive with music, public art, and festivals.


Pictured during WinterFEST is Dinny, her husband Alan Gordon, and son Cameron.

Support Our Impactful Programming

From city wide public art & free music festivals, to tending to our award winning gardens, and supporting great ideas & events with micro grants and operational support, our small nonprofit couldn’t do any of it without your help. Consider donating today to help us continue to bring arts, culture, beautification and service to Newton.
Newton Community Pride is a 501c3 nonprofit. Tax Id # 22-2793743

Thank You to our 2022 Major Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Plaut Mahoney Family

Gavris Family
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