This year, JP Open Studios is happening Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 11am-6pm. We are elated to celebrate and amplify the artists and makers we proudly work with every day. They'll display their artistry and lead art-making and live demonstrations. Sunday at 4pm, enjoy the next-to-last concert in our Schoolyard Concert Series, starring the Stan Strickland Trio.
We held the opening reception for our 2022 Artist in Residence exhibition, Spaces of Belonging, on August 5th. At the opening, friends, family, and community members gathered to admire the paintings that teen AIR Fellows made throughout the summer and to hear our artists talk about their experiences.
This past Saturday, Jamaica Plain was alive with music as performances occurred around the neighborhood. We hosted musicians as well as artists throughout the day celebrating community, joy, and togetherness.
We are so proud to appear in the Summer 2022 issue of American Craft Magazine! Visionaries in Craft "honor(s) changemakers in craft whose work not only addresses the moment, but paves the way toward a more supportive and inclusive future." (American Craft Council, 2022) Read more...
If you've visited the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts during the last week of September, you've seen the school decked-out for JP Open Studios. JP Open Studios is an annual event in Jamaica Plain, allowing artists/makers to showcase their skills and sell their work, often in their creative work-spaces.
This spring, we experienced the joy of enthusiastic learners at the J.F. Kennedy Elementary School, in Jamaica Plain. For 8 weeks, we measured, sawed, and hammered with all the school’s Kindergarten classes. Our woodworking residency supported the students’ unit on construction when all of Boston’s K2 students focus on what it means to construct music, recipes, dances, stories, and more. We are grateful to the Mass Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies Program for their support.
We’re excited to welcome our 2022 Artists in Residence. GoFive and TakeOne frequently work together as a two-person mural crew.
TakeOne grew up immersed in hip hop culture as a member of Latinx communities in Boston neighborhoods like Dorchester, Roxbury, and the South End. He became part of the African Latino Alliance, which brought together teens and young adults for positive art experiences in the ‘90s, at a time when gang violence was surging. As he developed increased skills with paint, the scale and scope of his art grew, leading to murals of varying sizes and themes.
GoFive has been providing Boston with creative and inventive public art for more than 10 years. Described by Boston Magazine as having “serious street art credentials,” he has enlarged Boston’s rich mural traditions in neighborhoods where he has ties. GoFive teaches design and visual arts at Madison Park Vocational High School. He was recently featured in Underground at Ink Block, organized by Street Theory. If you frequent the Eliot Schoolhouse, you’ve seen the gorgeous woodpecker painted by these two artists hanging in our staircase.
“He’s kin. He’s part of the family,” says Executive Director Abigail Norman. He came to the Eliot School in 2013 wanting to teach his passion—comic art, sequential art. He began teaching adult and children’s comic classes as well as life drawing. Read more.
A virtual summer intensive professional development series called Supporting the Processing of Experiences through the Arts during Crisis (SPEAC) that specifically caters to the current needs of K-12 students and teachers in the Boston and Springfield areas.