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For the 2024 edition, driven by the continued desire to unleash creativity in others, to build community and create a climate of shared commitment to progress and growth, we have chosen the theme “ELEMENTS”, as a reference to Earth.

However, the focus will not be on the natural elements, but on the elements of Earth’s personality, its creative approach, elegance, unpleasantness, persistency, humor, sensibility, and more, to encourage a relational approach to our planet.

We look forward to conveying a passion that will renew a sense of wonder for our planet and heighten the understanding of why we should appreciate it.


NEW DATE: July 6


(Hip-Hopera, R&B, Funk)

Her extremely versatile artistic skill-set empowers her to reach a broad range of audiences and craft a sound that is uniquely her own, including her most well-known, “Hip-Hopera”.

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July 20

Camila Cortina-Bello


Her artistic identity is born of the sounds and rhythms of her original Cuban roots expressed through the lens of jazz, classical and world music that she has encountered along the way.

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August 10

Ivanna Cuesta

(Modern Jazz)

A highly regarded, talented versatile drummer and composer, with a continuing desire to evolve and create something significant with her music for herself and the world.

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August 10

Abria Smith

(Performing Act)

Abria Smith, poet, playwriter, singer, and actress, is not afraid to be a dreamer. She has ideas and creates arts that reveals her thoughts, desires, motivations, and values, while offering a view into diverse aspects of life and emotions. All very tenderly yet powerfully, activating one’s senses and memories.

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August 24

Yağmur Soydemir

(Jazz Fusion, World Music)

Her compelling music elegantly blends her cultural roots of Turkish musical traditions, Classical Western Music, and the more contemporary influences from Jazz and fusion genres. Music is her playground!

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August 24

David Graham

(Photo Poetry)

David Graham believes that everyone has a role in this world, and he wants to encourage people to connect with theirs. To his words he often adds visual aids as a connection point to bring the reader closer to the message. 

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September 7

Sissy Castrogiovanni

(World Music, Jazz)

From the blending of her Sicilian and Mediterranean influences, earthy African rhythms, tribal voices, and post-bop Jazz harmonies, she creates soulful and powerful arrangements and compositions.

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Music, Arts, Conversation and More

Presenting both established and new-on-the-scene artists, and a wide variety of styles, making the festival popular with everyone, in a vibrant atmosphere.

Founded in 2021 by arts curator Luisa Harris and pianist, composer, and educator Kevin Harris, the Mission Hill Arts Festival (MHAF) was established in the aftermath of Covid’s impact as a way to offer artists the opportunity to perform after months of being on the sideline, and audiences to safely gather and reconnect.

The Festival, born of the community, has now grown to a dynamic and thriving gathering of artists and art enthusiasts, of all ages and life contexts, from Boston and beyond.

The sustaining energy and vitality of the Festival is generated by the collective desire of the community, audience, artists, collaborators, supporters, and volunteers to actively participate, to enrich one another, and be enriched by the arts.

The MHAF thrives on presenting events that include more than one medium of expression or communication. Music, visual art, poetry, dance, theater, videos, can be part of any of the Festival’s editions.

We also make the point to have a specific theme to drive the audience’s attention to consider, evaluate, and ultimately act on the human quality the theme represents.

Another distinguishing trait of the Mission Hill Arts Festival is the dedicated time to dialogue with the artists and the festival collaborators. It fosters a sense of community and openness, creating a climate of shared commitment to progress and growth.


2023 Poster

For the 2023 Festival, we selected E X U B E R A N C E as a theme to remind us that we are strong, and capable, and creative, and daring, and that we do have a good chance of doing something new and important, with the anticipation of the joy it could bring.

Sustained by passion and pleasure, EXUBERANCE is the force that squashes the question "is it worth doing it?"

EXUBERANCE holds an excitement that cannot be bought, and it hardly fades with the years!

We look forward to having you join the conversation!


2022 Poster


offer alternatives non-visible before

They can remind us that in spite of varying beliefs, identities, and differences, we have the choice to work together, to collaborate, to be inclusive instead of exclusive.

New perspectives, understanding through the eyes of others, seeing and crossing boundaries.

We can remain independent while offering to or receiving from uncommon sources.

Matt Jenson

June 11, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Matt Jenson


Info & Pics

June 25, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Abria Smith

Theater, Movement, Music, SpokenWords

Info & Pics

July 9, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Leo Blanco

World Jazz

Info & Pics

July 23, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Nebulous Quartet ft. Kely Pinheiro

String Quartet with World Music Influence

Info & Pics

August 6, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Tyson Jackson ft. Sasha Berliner

Contemporary Jazz

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August 20, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Groover Jr.

A Modern Exploration of Negro Spirituals

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2021 Poster


To move to action CREATIVELY, to fuel that wonderful essence that is in all of us!

A thought, an action, small or large, can produce amazing results.

It is not necessarily the big drastic events that spark actions of consequences. Often inspiration comes from simple acts, not always easy, but simple acts done by anyone, you, me, us, here, today.

Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and can transform the way we perceive our own capabilities.




Tobin Community Center
1481 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02120

2024 Sponsors & Supporters

Arts Talks
Celebrity Series of Boston
Dan Vlahos
Tobin Community Ctr The Yard
Northeastern University City & Community Engagement