The Greater Boston area is home to many exceptional nonprofits, but the ones that serve moms are especially close to our hearts. Boston Moms is excited to spotlight and support the local nonprofit organizations that make our area so great.

Today we are showcasing BAMS Fest!

BAMS FestBAMS Fest, also known as Boston Arts & Music Soul Fest, has been a labor of love by local mom, cultural activist, and founder Catherine Morris. This fast-growing urban arts and music festival spotlights and celebrates Black and brown artists and brings epic programming to Franklin Park every summer. 

Mark your calendars — BAMS Fest will take place June 22-24, 2023.

Let’s learn a little bit more about BAMS Fest— and how you can help!

What is the organization’s mission? The nonprofit BAMS Fest breaks down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture across Greater Boston. It celebrates and supports artists and audiences, with an emphasis on Black and brown voices and perspectives.​

How does BAMS Fest help the Greater Boston community? The organization was created with a vision to provide equitable access and opportunity for marginalized audiences and artists of color to collectively experience high-quality live arts and music programming in Boston. What has materialized since 2018 is a large-scale, award-winning, epic celebration of Afro-centric identities and Black and brown voices.

How has it changed the Boston arts scene? BAMS Fest demonstrates and elevates the depth of talent that exists in Boston’s arts ecosystem, encompassing all art forms and disciplines. It brings art and music to a marginalized community in an accessible way and has built a supportive community of creativity in our city.


How can we support? By donating to BAMS Fest, you can ensure this event and events like it continue to thrive in Boston. (You can donate monthly or as a one-time donation.)

And, of course, one of the best ways you can support is by ATTENDING!

Where can we find BAMS Fest on social media? BAMS Fest is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!

Want to read more? Check out this article from WBUR!

Want to learn about other great Boston-area nonprofits? Read our features HERE!

Are you interested in being highlighted in a Boston-area nonprofit spotlight, or do you know an organization that deserves this recognition? Let us know! Please email Ashley Dickson at [email protected] to discuss a feature.

Chelsey Weaver
Chelsey is a "central Mass" girl who married her 7th-grade sweetheart. She attended both undergraduate and graduate school in Boston, then taught high school on the North Shore for seven years. After living in Winchester and Melrose for several years (and moving too many times), she and her husband finally settled in Groveland in 2015. She loves the North Shore and everything it has to offer, and she enjoys raising her daughter there. Chelsey is the community engagement coordinator for Boston Moms and is mostly a stay-at-home mom. She spends lots of time advocating for children with disabilities, arguing with insurance companies, and looking for disabled influencers, inclusive companies, and materials that celebrate neurodiversity. She avidly listens to audiobooks, hates everything about coffee, and, most importantly, loves being a mom.