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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.

The Eliot School prepares to reopen its Schoolhouse for classes and workshops for Fall, 2021!

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.
Session 2: Sept 14–Oct 13
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Read about the heart of the Eliot School and all of the accomplishments thus far in our Annual Report.
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Join us via Zoom on
Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm.
Let's usher in the spring and new beginnings together. Celebrate with us as members of the Eliot School community that make the Eliot School possible share their creative spaces and their stories.
Come enjoy a toast, art-making, and a few other surprises.
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