Spontaneous Celebrations

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Spontaneous Celebrations refers to both a building in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States which acts as an arts and education center,[1] and to a community group which is based there. The mission of the group is to create a cultural life through the arts, and especially through seasonal celebrations in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, Massachusetts and education.[2] Its classes emphasize dance, stiltwalking, trapeze, and other circus arts.[3]

History[edit]

Spontaneous Celebrations dates back to the defeat of the proposed Interstate 95 in Massachusetts extension through many Boston neighborhoods. The first “Wake Up the Earth” Festival, in 1979, was partly a celebration of the coalition which fought the highway.[4] Spontaneous Celebrations was then founded by Femke Rosenbaum [1] to continue the local organization and festivals, and eventually acquired the building around which its community and events center. Of its influence on the Jamaica Plain area, The Boston Globe says: "One Woman (Femke Rosenbaum) Changed JP" (Jamaica Plain)).[5]

Festivals[edit]

  • "Wake Up the Earth Festival"[6] in early May,
  • ‘Lantern Parade’ on Jamaica Pond just before Halloween[1]
  • ‘Tropical Festival’ in February[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/chapter26_section6_example.aspx Community Toolbox, University of Kansas, "Improving Parks and Other Community Facilities: Example: Femke Rosenbaum and Spontaneous Celebrations"
  2. ^ http://jamaicaplain.patch.com/articles/spontaneous-celebrations, Robin Cuthbert Lee, Jamaica Plain Patch, September 24, 2010, "Spontaneous Celebrations"
  3. ^ Eric Moskowitz, The Boston Globe, Dec 31, 2001 "9-11 CHILL WON'T FREEZE OUT FIRST NIGHT"AFTER SCHOOL AT FULL STILT" http://www.mkearnsreporter.com/Stilt.html
  4. ^ http://swcpc.org/anniversary/ Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy, "Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy, Southwest Corridor Park Origins and Upkeep"
  5. ^ Johnny Diaz,Kierra Mills, The Boston Globe,Oct 13, 2002 "FEMKE'S SENSE OF FUN STILTS, BRAZILIAN DANCERS, LANTERN FESTIVALS. HOW ONE WOMAN CHANGED JP THROUGH FRIVOLITY. CAN IT LAST?" https://secure.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/214272501.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Oct+13%2C+2002&author=&pub=Boston+Globe&edition=&startpage=1&desc=FEMKE%27S+SENSE+OF+FUN+STILTS%2C+BRAZILIAN+DANCERS%2C+LANTERN+FESTIVALS.+HOW+ONE+WOMAN+CHANGED+JP+THROUGH+FRIVOLITY.+CAN+IT+LAST%3F
  6. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/659896781.html?FMT=ABS&date=May%204,%201986 Ethan Bronner, The Boston Globe Archive, May 4, 1986, "'CORRIDOR' RESIDENTS CELEBRATE SPRING"
  7. ^ Michelle Kearns, The Boston Globe, Sunday, June 9, 2002. Eric Moskowitz, The Boston Globe, Dec 31, 2001 "9-11 CHILL WON'T FREEZE OUT FIRST NIGHT"AFTER SCHOOL AT FULL STILT" http://www.mkearnsreporter.com/Stilt.html

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Coordinates: 42°19′03″N 71°06′20″W / 42.3175°N 71.1056°W / 42.3175; -71.1056