Arts & Culture * Beautification * Service
A Lovely Tribute to Nancy Schön
On Wednesday night, Newton Community Pride held a lovely reception, interview and tribute for Newton artist and sculptor, 93 year old Nancy Schön with GBH Greater Boston host Jim Braude.

"Make Way for Nancy" was a celebration of Nancy Schön's many contributions to public art. Nancy is best known for her charming bronze sculptures of Eeyore, Pooh and Piglet at the Newton Free Library, the Tortoise and the Hare at Copley Square and the iconic Make Way for Ducklings in the Boston Public Garden. 

State and local legislative leaders and arts advocates were in attendance and proclamations were given by State Senator Cindy Creem, Representative Ruth Balser and from Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. The evening was a fundraiser for the newly formed Newton Community Pride "Nancy Quint Schön Arts Scholarship" for high school students pursuing the arts in higher education. 

Thank you to our event sponsors Showcase SuperLux and The Street, music performance by Newton South student Alexander Xhoja and coverage provided by NewTV. 
Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts Information Session
We are excited to announce the 7th Annual Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts is scheduled for July 22-24th, 2022 and will showcase Newton's diverse talent on multiple stages in several village locations. We invite our creative community interested in participating to one of our April 6th zoom information sessions to learn more about this year's festival and our Call for Proposals. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
April 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM 
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April 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM 
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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.

19 decorated church pews will be placed in outdoor public gathering spaces and village centers from June through October, 2022. Through signage, passersby will be invited and encouraged to use the decorated pews for outdoor meetings, intimate conversation, or simply quiet contemplation.

Local and regional artists are invited to submit applications no later than April 22, 2022 and creatively respond to the prompt "______ makes my spirit soar."   Winners will be selected by May 15, 2022. A $500 honorarium is available.  Newton high school students, 16 years old or older, are encouraged to apply. More info 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.
FenceArt 2022
Have you seen our FenceART 2022 installations yet? This year's FenceART has been installed throughout Newton in five locations throughout the city - Newton Free Library, Newton Senior Center, Watertown Street at Bridge Street next to Colletti-Magni Park, Good Shepherd Church and the Newton Cemetery on Beacon Street. NCP extends its appreciation to Ellen Fisher who curates this special public art project for all to enjoy. The artwork will rotate to each location throughout the year.

Featured artists include: Steve Adler-Golden, Hilary Hanson Bruel, Cynthia Clark, Raquel Fornasaro, Lisa Goren, Joern Hopke, Rick Hornick, Shamin Koya,
Margo Lemieux, Barney Levitt, Sidhartha Pani, Conor Plunkett, Nan Rumpf, Yelena Rykalova, Lisa Sazer, Nancy DuVergne Smith, Chuck Tanowitz,
Pearl White, Emily Williams, and Bruce Wilson
by Shamin Koya
by Barney Levitt
by Steve Adler-Golden
News From Our Micro Grant Recipients
Newton Highlands
The Vault Mural Project
NewCity Church and The Vault, led by Reverend Devlin Scott, has commissioned artists Grey and Leslie Held to paint a mural on the entrance wall in their courtyard of The Vault at 1175 Walnut Street in Newton Highlands. 

The Helds have designed a colorful, inclusive and inspiring art piece that radiates community. And in the spirit of the piece and the place it will be created, they are inviting the community to come together to paint it.  Whether you are skilled, formally taught, new to this or just intrigued -- whether old, young or somewhere in-between -- all are welcome to come pitch in!

Sign up to bring this mural to life and participate in this community paint project  here.  The Vault Mural Project is a Newton Community Pride, Community Micro Grant recipient. 
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