The Jamaica Plain Artists Association collaborates with many Jamaica Plain community organizations, including:
Eliot School for the Arts
The Eliot School is another long time JP institution, which celebrated its 340th (!) anniversary in 2016. Classes are offered in a number of art and craft mediums for adults and young people. JPAA artists have worked closely with the Eliot School either as art instructors or through attending classes
Hyde Square Task Force
HSTF is a youth and community development organization that was started in 1991. In 2012 HSTF purchased the vacant Blessed Sacrament Church with the intention of transforming this space into an arts and civic center for Boston’s Latin Quarter (this area of JP was officially designated the Latin Quarter in 2010.) HSTF currently has programs in dance, music and theater but few programs in visual art areas. To this end, JPAA Steering Committee members have been meeting with HSTF staff to formalize ways the two organizations can work together and deepen our connections. Conversations have focused on exhibit space/rotating shows, cosponsoring workshops, and integrating visual arts into their ongoing youth programs. One current project involves JPAA artists working with HSTF youth on a mosaic art project. JPAA looks forward to welcoming more artists from the Latin Quarter!
Jamaica Plain Arts Council (JPAC)
The JPAC has produced Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) for more than 20 years. Many JPAA artists show their work at JPOS, as these two JP art organizations have coexisted for a long time without a formal relationship. We are currently talking about a joint meeting of the leadership to explore a closer relationship and better alignment of our respective activities.
Jamaica Plain Business District
Through the Main Streets business organizations (JP Centre/South and Hyde/Jackson Square) JPAA artists have shown their art in many businesses and restaurants, as well as in local JP galleries and nonprofits. Monthly art show openings, known as First Thursdays, are paired with local musicians, bring out a lot of community support.
Jamaica Plain Library
JPAA has been chosen to serve as the 'JP Arts Community' representative for the 2017 selection committee for the new art gallery. This committee will be meet in April 2017 and choose the shows that will rotate in this new BPL gallery space, created during the Branch renovation (opening May 2017).
JP’s best ice cream and summer meeting place is the venue for the JPAA annual member show in late summer. This show typically coincides with JP Open Studios and is organized and hung by Thomas Durand.
The Footlight Club
Started in 1877, the Footlight Club is the oldest continuously running community theatre in the US. This proud JP institution has hosted a JPAA member show each spring to coincide with their current production. Joy Cochran has generously coordinated and hung this show for many years.