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The Christian Science Monitor recently visited our classroom for a mending class taught by Jessamy Kilcollins. Writer Sarah Lang describes her visit in her article Make do and mend: As landfills grow, people opt for needle and thread.

We're still in February, but summer is on our minds. Registration for our Summer Program for Children is open! Each year we adjust our offerings in response to feedback. We also receive a lot of positives notes from families and youth.

“The NEA is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson. “Projects such as the Eliot School’s strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.” 

It's that time of year where we hold our loved ones extra close and spend quality time together. Join us in celebrating this season with creativity and joy.

We’re excited to invite you to participate in the Artist in Residence program! 

Last week, our wood shop was full of colorful wooden carvings in the shapes of animals, people, and fantasy creatures. Norberto Fabian visited us all the way from San Martín Tilcajete, the small rural woodcarving community outside the city of Oaxaca, to teach Oaxacan woodcarving for a day.

Creativity is everywhere, but resources aren’t. The Eliot School aims to make meaningful connection and excellent arts instruction accessible to all who seek them, no matter their means.

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. 

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