What is the
Newton’s Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony, also known as “The Harmony Foundation” was founded under Mayor Theodore D. Mann in 1988.
The Foundation facilitates learning, interaction, understanding and respect across racial, ethnic and religious dimensions within the Newton community, with the purpose of furthering the recognition of our diversity as a continuing and increasing source of community strength.
The Harmony Foundation oversees two significant community-building events annually — a Martin Luther King Day Celebration and theTheodore D. Mann Newton Mayor’s Community Breakfast. Our event-planning and programming partners each year include the Mayor’s Office, Newton Public Schools, The Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, the Village Bank, FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), Newton’s Human Rights Commission, the Rotary Club of Newton, and the Newton Theatre Company.
55th Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Will be Held Mon., Jan. 16, 2023
Event information is available at newtonma.gov/MLK23. This is a live event but registration is required in case of a health or weather emergency: bit.ly/NewtonMLK23.
2022 Harmony Foundation Fall Grant Cycle Underway
The Harmony Foundation's Fall Grant Cycle is underway! Our grants within the Newton Community are intended to facilitate learning, interaction, and understanding, and to build respect across racial, ethnic and religious groups with the purpose of furthering the...
“A Conversation About Police and Community” To be held Thurs., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. at Angier Elementary School
Please join the Harmony Foundation at the Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon Street, Newton, on Thursday, October 6, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Harmony Foundation invites you to an open Conversation about Police and Community between Reverend Devlin Scott and...
Spotlight: Recent Partnerships and Grants
An example of some of our recent grants: Newton North High School FORJ and Families and Newton Talks Race: Purchase of 250 copies of "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community"? (Fall, 2021) Charles E Brown Middle School: Writing as Activism - Advocating for...
Harmony Foundation’s Advisory Board
Over the course of the summer 2021 and at the start of the fall, The Harmony Foundation's Executive Board was fortunate to create an advisory team! Our advisory board will help us with community connection and outreach, publicity, fundraising and grants,...
Events from Newton’s “Overdue” Coalition
The Harmony Foundation is a member of Newton's Overdue Coalition addressing the need to talk about race in Newton. Here is a sample of some of the events organized by the Coalition. Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 pm, Raising Anti-Racist Kids:...