In addition to member programs & events, NCA offers a unique selection of institutional programs and a series of annual and semi-annual events to promote economic development and raise the visibility of the arts & culture community.
West Newton Festival Weekend
NCA's Strawberry Festival is a celebration of summer, community, and arts and culture in Newton. NCA invites the community to don their fancy hats and come to the grounds of the historic Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton. Celebrate summer with live music, food, drink, lawn games, and more!
The 8th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held amidst a long weekend of events, on Thursday June 23, 2022.
West Newton History Forum
Join the NCA at the Allen Center for Arts & Culture Friday, June 24, 2022 for a forum on local history. The conversation will feature special guests Lynn Cadwallader, Kelsey Merriman Archer, & Ted Kuklinski.
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Family Fun Day
2022 Collabortive Programming
Breath of Spring
Explore the beauty of art and music across Newton as we all come alive after a long hiatus from sharing our creativity across the city!
The Newton Cultural Alliance and its member organizations will be hosting a multitude of creative opportunities throughout April and May, dedicated to rebuilding our spirits. Click here early and often to discover just what's on the horizon!
Late Summer Programming
Culture 'n Cuisine
Culture 'n Cuisine, NCA's premiere economic development project, is a strategic collaboration in support of local organizations – connecting arts and culture with local businesses and the community.
Currently, the program is on hold but the NCA plans to reinvigorate it in 2023 with subscribing restaurants to offer Newton's arts and culture patrons a 10% discount on their meal upon the presentation of a concert ticket or an NCA event voucher. (*Alcohol and gratuity not included.)
For questions and further information, please contact NCA at 617.332.4300 or email@example.com.
Create The Vote
Create the Vote Newton, led by the Newton Cultural Alliance in conjunction with MASSCreative, engages candidates running for local public office about arts, culture, and creative expression and the role that government officials can play in building a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Newton.
MASSCreative works to build a more vibrant, healthy and equitable Massachusetts. MASSCreative works with artists, leaders, supporters, and partners of the arts, cultural, and creative community to advocate for the resources and support necessary for the sector to thrive.
NCA Annual Events
Arts Stroll & Shop
The Arts Stroll & Shop is an annual collaborative, community event that celebrates local artists, food, and small businesses. The Stroll makes it easy and fashionable to shop local, eat local, and art local.
The Newton Cultural Alliance founded the Arts Stroll & Shop in December 2011 in Newton Centre. In its first year, The Stroll had 30 business participants from Newton Centre and Piccadilly Square, along with 50+ artists and musicians entertaining shoppers and diners. Empty storefronts were transformed into pop-up art galleries and the collaborative power of arts and business was apparent to all. Over the years, The Stroll has evolved into a fun-filled day that continues to delight Newton residents of all ages.
Holiday Craft Fair: Celebrate Newton
Celebrate Newton celebrates the work of outstanding artists who are residents of Newton or are in some other way connected to the city. Over 50 artisans display and sell their work at the fair; they include weavers, jewelers, quilters, potters, printers, photographers, and more. Live music, provided by local musicians, provides an inviting backdrop for the fair throughout the day.
The event was founded in 2002 as a fundraiser for the Newton Schools Foundation. Newton Community Education hosted the fair 2010-2019. After a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Newton Cultural Alliance took over as host in 2021.