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Saturday, June 11, 2022 – The Opening Doors Festival

Opening Doors Graphic

Our first large-scale live music event aimed to make the cultural scene of Melrose, Massachusetts more diverse and inclusive by elevating voices of color within the community and beyond.

The festival featured 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; and 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.

The afternoon was a huge success, with about 200 attendees and a completed mural which will live forever in Melrose at Follow Your Art Community Studios.

Made Possible by:


         Melrose Coop Foundation logo       

Messina Fund logo       Melrose UU Church        Foundation Trust    

        Filmmakers Collaborative


Friday, May 6, 2022 – Kemp Harris in Concert

Kemp Harris Concert

Our first live performance and interview was with Boston-based musician Kemp Harris.

Kemp 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.” 

Made Possible by:


      Melrose UU Church 


Kemp Concert

Photography by Paul Locke

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