Nasty Cooperative


is a bunch of pop-up dialogue driven artistic events to help build community, raise funds for organizations in need, and encourage others to do the same. The Nasty Cooperative is a completely volunteer initiative and ALL proceeds are donated.
So, let’s get nasty!
Our goal is to raise funds for organizations that we need to succeed while simultaneously providing a space for the arts, mini-lectures, and open dialogue.  Half performance– music, art presentations, fitness, or story telling, all TBD!–and the other half dialogue, we want to hear our neighbors’ ideas, build awareness about each other and the organizations who are doing all they can to help, and also find out what steps we can take locally.
Part performance, part conversation, 100% interactive.
$10 suggested donation

“The Nasty Cooperative became both an outlet for our frustrations, as well as an intake of information and neighborly love.” Jamaica Plain Gazette full article, April 2017

“There is a reason why these musicians brought us together. It is rooted in the very fabric of who they are. Their work is rooted in a global context, from the amazing people in the room, to the music they performed, to those they collaborate with on a daily basis. The music is powerful and unifying and the amazing concert brought people together.” Music and Activism: Keep Marching! March 2017 Moms Rising Blog

What an inspiring event!!! I felt so much better when I left than when I came in. So great to connect with neighbors–great performances and talk–great cause! April 2017 attendee

image by Daphne Confar

Have a venue? A skill to share? An organization you think we should know about? Baked goods to make or donate? Email me!

*Please note that I won’t always be able to publicize exact location if venue is residential.  PLEASE EMAIL ME at to get the complete information if you are interested in attending!*


Nasty #6
date and location still tbd
supporting the Melody Arons Center (MAC), a nonprofit organization serving the 0-5 population of at-risk and developmentally disabled infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. This event is not solely for people with children and their needs but for all of us. Our representative will show us how to advocate for proper education and positive outcomes–from public safety to thriving communities, self respect and the push for healthy school systems–for all. Learn more about special education, mental illness and how to help.
More information coming soon.

Nasty Cooperative #1
March 9, 2017 7pm in Jamaica Plain, MA
Performances by cellist Michal Shein, fiddler/singer/composer Eden Macadam Somer, and pianist Sarah Bob featuring music by J.S. Bach, David Rakowski, Amy Beach, Eden Macadam-Somer, and traditional folk from Afganistan. Representative from Moms Rising, Christina D’Allesandro, to lead discussion and awareness. Cookies for all!
Rave review here.

Nasty Cooperative #2
April 29, 2017 at 7pm in Jamaica Plain, MA
supporting Camp Aranutiq of Harbor Campsa nonprofit organization that provides camps for transgender and gender variant youth & their families.  Their camps build confidence, resilience, community, and offer a place where campers can be their authentic selves. 
Featuring story teller Doria Hughes and jazz, folk and soul singer, Zoë Krohne and clarinet, bass clarinet and soprano sax player Todd Brunel.
(Learn more about Doria Hughes: here,here, AND here!)
Facilitated community dialogue with Melissa Nishman, representative of Camp Aranutiq, to help lead us in post performance discussion. Homemade garlic cheese crackers for all and a surprise stash of beer to share. (Thanks, neighbors!)

Nasty #3
June 11, 2017 2:30 pm in Jamaica Plain, MA
supporting Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights.
Come get fit and have fun while simultaneously getting our post election aggression out with  Zumba instructors Nancy DeLeon and Joya Lonsdale.
Facilitated community dialogue to follow all that moving and international music with a representative from BCRHHR.

Nasty #4
September 11, 2017 at 7pm, First Baptist Church 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
supporting Black Lives Matter with BLM representative Martin Henson, pianist Sarah Bob, composer/violinist Shaw Pong Liu, composer Jonathan Bailey Holland.

Nasty #5
November 19, 2017 at 2pm in Jamaica Plain
supporting Hands to Heart Yoga Center, a nonprofit organization that shares the healing practice of yoga with people affected by addiction, poverty & trauma in Greater Boston. Join us for a yoga class and an interactive dialogue with a representative from Hands to Heart.  If you choose to participate in this class for all levels, please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.