Dear Friend,

The sun was shining, the snow was glistening and WinterFEST was a big success!  It was wonderful to see our community come together and enjoy some wintery, family friendly fun. We had SNOW much fun and hope you did too! 

A big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor The Village Bank, our major sponsors and everyone who made WinterFEST possible.

Here is a sampling of some pictures from the weekend fun at the Highlands Soup Social, Cold Spring Park Winter Walk and Newton Centre's WinterFEST.
Remembering Linda Plaut
Yesterday was the 3 year anniversary of Linda Plaut's passing, the longtime Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.  On this day we remember Linda with gratitude for incorporating Newton Community Pride over 33 years ago and the energy and advocacy she brought to the arts community. At NCP, we are proud to carry on Linda's legacy. Here is a poem by Newton artist and poet Grey Held that graces the Linda Plaut Memorial in Newton Centre that was dedicated last month.
Elergy for a Lost Treasure
She was the epitome of generosity and welcoming,
helping to enrich and enliven the community
via festivals and events that connected us.
She knew how to tinker with the working circuitry of City Hall, adjust its practical
mechanics to spark our hearts with art.
She let the steps of the War Memorial be transformed into moonlit
stage for classical enactments of tragedy;
let poetry be chalked, line by line onto the nineteen granite riser of those steps.
She garnered approval for fifteen artful sculptures to be planted on vast civic grass, approval for revolving craft exhibits that grace official corridors.
She gave kids carnivals with whirligigs and Ferris wheels, handed
out kindness sweet as Cabot's Ice Cream.
Linda was a collaborator, co-conspirator, cheerleader,
concierge of culture, and a dear, dear friend.
She gave to Newton's fledgling voice of art a megaphone to speak through,
left a legacy to treasure, a strong foundation on which we build.                                
Pictured, Linda Plaut, jazz great Dizzy Gillespie and Mayor Teddy Mann, 1988         
Community Micro Grant Opens March 1
Newton Community Pride is thrilled to announce our Spring 2022 Community Micro Grant Program for artists, arts organizations, area councils & neighborhood groups whose events, beautification or service projects are consistent with our mission. Applications are due April 1, 2022. More info here 
Film Screening to Benefit NCP
Are you a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher or simply love to dance?  Join Dance Currents, Inc. and Kathy Hassinger, Artistic Director and Producer for an online film screening of "To Feel the Earth and Touch the Sky", February 28 through March 6, 2022.

This official FlickFair selection highlights the boundary breaking figures in the evolution of modern dance. Tickets $7.00. Registration required and more information here

50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will support Newton Community Pride's arts & culture programming. Thank you to Kathy Hassinger and Dance Currents for your talent and generosity to support the arts in the city of Newton!
Sponsor Spotlight: Julie Plaut Mahoney & Jonathan Plaut
Hi, my name is Julie Plaut Mahoney and I am the Executive Director of Welcome Home, a Newton nonprofit that strives to provide families experiencing hardship with basic household items they need to live with dignity. My mother was Linda Plaut, the Director of the former Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Growing up I witnessed the energy and enthusiasm my mom brought to her job, welcoming artists and musicians into our home, organizing events and creating arts programming for the City of Newton. I remember fondly summer weekends spent enjoying Sunday night concerts she would organize on the Newton Centre Village Green followed by ice cream at Cabot's.  

My brother Jonathan and I love seeing our mother's legacy live on through Newton Community Pride's Festival of the Arts and now new programs like springtime public art installed throughout the city. We loved seeing the Newton Out Doors exhibit last summer and the pretty painted pianos and bistro tables scattered throughout the city's village centers. My brother and I can appreciate the hard work that goes into planning all these events and the impact that it has on our community.  We look forward to seeing what NCP has planned for 2022 and are happy to continue to support our mom's legacy of impactful arts and culture programming by making a donation to Newton Community Pride as a 2022 Silver Sponsor.
Help support our 2022 programming with a gift of $33.00 or more in memory of Linda Plaut.
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