Newton families and community leaders gathered at the Hyde Community Center on Saturday for live music, hot soup, and appearances from a few special, costumed guests.
Newton Community Pride (NCP) is calling on Newton artists to submit to FenceART, a year-long public project dedicated to bringing beautiful art to neighborhoods throughout the city, according to the NCP website.
their creativity by painting festive scenes for display on doors of participating local businesses.
“The event creates a deeper sense of connection and civic pride for both the businesses and families that are participating,” said Associative Director of Cultural Development Danielle Moriarty.
“Within the last 24 hours, we have had two bias incidents, both Asian related, in Newton,” Mayor Ruthanne Fuller wrote in a statement on July 21.
A photograph of a vibrant red archway in Mexico next to a red “for rent” sign draws public attention in an otherwise empty Newtonville storefront window. As a part of a new public art initiative sponsored by Newton Community Pride, vacant Newton storefronts will display professional artwork in an effort to beautify the city.
“I think people might not realize that a historic time is made up of everyday moments when people are trying to make the best of things,” Silverstein said.