Live Events

Saturday, June 11 @ 3pm

Melrose, MA
The Opening Doors Festival
Free Registration HERE

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The Opening Doors Festival

Saturday, June 11, 2022 ~ Melrose, MA

The Opening Doors Festival is a live, outdoor, all-ages celebration of diversity and inclusion through music and art!


• A musical conversation by veteran musicians and storytelling troubadours Reggie Harris and Alastair Moock

• Music and drumming by the Dorchester-based teenage Tour Choir of Boston City Singers

• A community art project facilitated by Boston-based Artists for Humanity and Melrose-based Follow Your Art Community Studios, in collaboration with Melrose teen artists

Our first large-scale live music event aims to make the Melrose cultural scene more diverse and inclusive by elevating voices of color within our community and beyond – bringing the city closer to its ideal of “One community, open to all.”

Saturday, June 11 at 3pm

Cabbage Patch Field
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

350 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose, MA 02176

Free Registration HERE

    Artists for Humanity logo     

Boston City Singers
Boston City Singers
Alastair Moock
Alastair Moock
Reggie Harris
Reggie Harris
Artists for Humanity
Artists for Humanity
Follow Your Art Community Studios
Follow Your Art Community Studios
The “Opening Doors Festival” is made possible through funding from Massachusetts Cultural Council, Melrose Cooperative Bank Charitable Foundation, Melrose Cultural Council, Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, The Foundation Trust, and Follow Your Art Community Studio’s Arts for All fund. Our fiscal sponsorship is provided by Filmmakers Collaborative. 

Made possible by:

         Melrose Coop Foundation logo                Messina Fund logo        Melrose UU Church        Foundation Trust                 Filmmakers Collaborative

Previous Live Events

Opening Doors Presents Kemp Harris

Friday, May 6, 2022 ~ Melrose, MA

An evening with Kemp Harris, followed by a live Q&A session hosted by Alastair Moock.

Kemp Harris is an artist who defies categorization. Singer-songwriter, actor, activist, author, storyteller, and educator, his music spans and transcends the genres of soul, blues, jazz, and musical theater.

Born in segregated North Carolina in 1953, Kemp moved to the Boston area to pursue a career in education. He was a beloved, award-winning kindergarten teacher in Newton, Massachusetts for more than 40 years. 

Throughout this time, he pursued his artistic career on the side – albeit at a very high level. 

But, for Kemp, it was all part of the same pursuit. “I’ve incorporated my life experiences into what has become me and the music I create,” he says. “At the end of the day, I’m an old black man telling stories and spreading the love.” 

Covid safety: Two commercial HEPA air filters will be in operation and we request that all attendees wear a mask.

Made Possible by:

      Melrose UU Church 

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