Founded by volunteers in 1989 in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Newton Community Pride supports and helps fund arts, culture and community events in the City of Newton. Our events and programs are funded primarily through business sponsorships and donations. We rely heavily on volunteers throughout the year for support.

Some of our events include The Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts, Kids FunFest, NewtonSERVES, Spelling Bee, the garden in Newton Center Green, July 4th fireworks, free summer concerts across the city, and Halloween Window Painting.

Newton Community Pride is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and works in partnership with Newton’s Office of Cultural Development and its Director Paula Gannon. Pride has a nine-member board of directors led by President Howard Sholkin. Blair Lesser Sullivan is Executive Director.

If you’d like to learn more about Pride, please email