Arts & Culture * Beautification * Service

Congratulations to Picture Us Newton

Design Winners

Congratulations to the eight artists whose wonderful and vibrant designs were selected for Newton Community Pride's Picture Us Newton initiative: Iselle Cohen, thecollab, Howie Green, Kate Aurelia Holloway, Leah Kolidas, Marin Murakoshi, Grace Julian Murphy, and Sarah Tompkins.

Picture Us Newton is a public art initiative designed to build community through the placement of lively and inviting “selfie stations” in public spaces around Newton. The designs from our eight winning artists will become the selfie station backgrounds.

The Picture Us Newton selfie stations will be installed in mid-May, and photos taken at these selfie stations will be used to create a community photo album illustrating our diverse, welcoming city. Check our website by May 17 for details!  

Learn more about Picture Us Newton and the featured artists and designs here.

Just Two Weeks Until the 9th Annual

Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts

3 Days, 3 Newton Stages

The 9th Annual Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts is just around the corner. Be sure to mark your calendars for May 17, 18, and 19 to enjoy a weekend of community building through music, dance, and spoken word performances.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, The Village Bank, and to our Festival Producer Newton resident Chris Pitts. For more information on the setlist, click here.

Help NCP Celebrate 35 Years

With A Donation Today

At Newton Community Pride, we are welcoming the spring season with color and creativity throughout the city. Our award-winning gardens are blooming…our 9th annual Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts kicks off May 17…poems from our Haiku Newton competition are bringing smiles to faces…and our Picture Us Newton public art initiative will soon be on view across Newton for all to enjoy!

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary year, we are proud of all we’ve accomplished thanks to you, our donors. For over three decades, Newton Community Pride has been building community with creative, thoughtful, and engaging programs spread across Newton’s many villages.

Our fiscal year ends June 30, and we’re asking for your help to reach our spring fundraising goal of $15,000 to sustain and enhance the free and accessible programming that you love.

Please show your Newton community pride today with a tax-deductible gift of $35, $350 or any amount you can give. Your financial contribution, no matter the size, will directly fund our programs. Please make a tax-deductible donation online or by mail and help us continue bringing art, culture, beautification, and service to Newton.

Donate to NCP Today!

Newton Community Pride is a 501c3 nonprofit. Tax Id # 22-2793743

Mailing Address: 1294 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459

Announcing Haiku Newton 2024 Selections

Congratulations to the winners of NCP's Haiku Newton competition:

Sarah Berkland, Mark Bernstein, Sebastian Chrobak, Ralph Culver, Julia and Hugh Dun Rappaport, Ravi Kiran, Vandana Parashar, Nancy Gagnon, Margaret Geller, Ellie Goldberg, Linda Goldman, Melinda Gordon, Ayan Gupta, Rachel Hershfang, Warren Kaplan, Rowan Koppenheffer, Jim Krosschell, Kerry Loughman, Chris O’Carroll, Rick Reibstein, Anna Tackie, and Anonymous. 

Haiku Newton brings poetry into people’s everyday lives. This year, the 22 winning poems include those by students, Newton neighbors, friends, and poets from halfway around the globe, representing work of established and first time writers alike.

You can currently see the winning haikus on display on signs outside the Newton Free Library, the Boys and Girls Club, at Austin Street Plaza, and at Trio. In mid-May, some of the signs will be moved to the First Baptist Church, Little Luke’s Café, and the Suzuki School.

For more information on Haiku Newton click here.

News from our Community

Micro Grant Recipients

Newton Highlands Klezmer Dance Party

Dance into the spring at the upcoming 2nd annual Newton Highlands Klezmer Dance Party at the Hyde Community Center Bandstand. The dance will take place Saturday, May 11th from 6:00 pm-7:30pm.

This event is FREE and will feature klezmer dance led by Adah Hetko and a crackerjack band playing original klezmer music from the CJP Arts and Culture Fund project. 

Newton Highlands Klezmer Dance Party is an NCP spring 2024 Community Micro Grant recipient.


Thank You to our 2024 Major Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor


Plaut Mahoney Family



Gavris Family

Meryl Kessler


Scott Oran

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