Porchfest has been a pillar to the JP community since 2014, bringing together performers and community members for a day of music, dance, theatre and more on porches throughout JP’s central streets. Originally founded by Mindy Fried and Marie Ghitman, Dunamis had the pleasure of taking over the festival in 2021. Dunamis as an organization is geared towards serving as a nexus of transformation and agency for artists and arts-managers of color, through internal programming, community arts events and fellowships.
Porchfest aims to bring joy and exuberance not only to the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, but to artists and art lovers alike, who yearn to experience live art in a way they have been missing during the pandemic, and to experience the strength of the JP community. Since 2014 this event has managed to bring strangers together to share in the joy of art, and this year that connectivity is more vital than ever.