Founded by volunteers in 1989, Newton Community Pride (NCP) is a non-profit organization building community through free arts and culture programming, beautification projects and volunteerism. We are supported solely by our community business partners, individual donors and grant opportunities. Some highlights of our 2021 initiatives include the city wide public art exhibit Newton OutDoors, the Artful Piano Project, Al Fresco Dining painted jersey barriers and bistro tables, The Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts, the award winning gardens in Newton Center and in the Highlands and the September Song Concert Series in Newtonville.
NCP viewed the challenges of Covid-19 as an opportunity to pivot and expand its mission to provide public art initiatives, community micro grants and a high school scholarship fund to our portfolio of impactful programs supporting and engaging our community. In addition, it remains committed to our historical support to Newton’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Department which is our largest grant recipient. In 2021, NCP gave close to $37,000 to the City of Newton to support such programs as NewtonSERVES, summertime Sunday afternoon concerts, the Fourth of July Celebration and the city wide Halloween Window Painting event. See our 2021 Community Impact Report here.
In addition, NCP remains committed to providing the operational scaffolding to support great ideas and events by acting as the fiscal sponsor for event organizers and special projects that align with its mission such as Newton Neighbors, Newton Open Studios, Indiginous Peoples Day Celebration & PorchFEST.
Newton Community Pride is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a 17 member board of directors led by Chair, Gloria Gavris. and staffed by Blair Lesser Sullivan, Executive Director. Our EIN is 22-2793 743.