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Theatre, Dance, Music and more!

The JAC is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts dynamic events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

Field of Artisans x JAC

10am - 3pm

Saturday, May 28, 10am – 3pm

Delight in Field of Artisans’ pop-up market at the Jamestown Arts Center on Saturday, May 28 from 10am – 3pm. The market is free to attend and features carefully curated vendors from jewelry to paintings to handcrafted clothing – it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday in spring! While browsing, enjoy a delectable bite to eat from Lola’s Blue Farm food truck, a New England classic with a twist, serving up locally sourced beer-battered fish and RI’s favorite culinary tradition – clam cakes!

Join Floral CoLab’s guest speakers at the market from 11am – 12pm to kick off your summer garden with their fun and informative talk led by the owners of the Little State Flower Co and Studio Choo, two successful businesses – one that focuses on growing local flowers and another that uses them for design! talk is free but please register online at www.fieldofartisans.com.

Looking for some creative fun for the kiddos? Don’t miss The Dog and Pony Show at the market from 10:15am – 11am with a kid-friendly crafting workshop making popsicle paper lanterns. Find more information and workshop registration online at www.fieldofartisans.com. $9 pre-reg online or $12 at the door.

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Nicholas Benson at JAC Talks: The History of the John Stevens Shop and Inscriptions in the Information Age

6pm doors, 6:30pm talk

Friday, June 3

6pm doors, 6:30pm talk

Join stone carver, calligrapher, designer, and 2010 MacArthur Fellow Nicholas Benson at JAC Talks.

Nicholas Benson will talk about the history of the John Stevens Shop, a stone carving business founded in 1705, and the six generations of Stevens who ran the shop from 1705 to 1926, as well as the legacy passed along to him from his grandfather and father. He will also discuss the future of the business and how it has adapted in light of the Information Age.

Tickets (available online and at the door):

$10 General Admission

$8 JAC Members

$5 Students

Buy tickets below. No paper tickets issued.

JAC Talks :: Nicholas Benson

More about Nicholas Benson:

Nicholas Benson began an apprenticeship at The John Stevens Shop at the age of fifteen with his father, John Benson, in 1979. The John Stevens Shop, founded in 1705, specializes in the design and execution of one of a kind inscriptions in stone. Architectural and memorial lettering is generated by hand with a broad edged brush in the manner of the great Roman inscriptions and then carved into stone with mallets and chisels. Benson studied drawing and design at State University of New York at Purchase in 1986. He spent 1987 at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland where he studied calligraphy, type design, typography, and drawing under Andre Gurtler, Christian Mengelt and Armin Hofmann.

He returned to the U.S. in 1988 and continued to work under John Benson in The John Stevens Shop. His father passed the business on to him in 1993. Benson expands the traditional arts of hand lettering and stone carving through his designs. He has produced several site-specific typefaces for use on many large civic memorials. His work includes the National World War II Memorial inscriptions in Washington, DC; the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial inscriptions in Washington, DC; the Louis I. Kahn, Four Freedoms Park inscriptions in New York City; Maya Lin’s The Meeting Room inscriptions in Newport, Rhode Island.

In 2007 Benson was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. In 2010 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and in 2012 he received an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship a t the Yale University Art Gallery, and is currently working on designs for the National Eisenhower Memorial inscriptions.

Benson is an active participant in apprenticeship programs and a keen supporter of eager students interested in the age-old craft of lettering in stone.


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Bachata Night at the JAC!

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, June 4, 7 – 10pm
Join dance instructor Sue Young in the JAC Main Gallery for a night of dancing with friends and food! Bring your loose hips to learn and practice the Bachata, a dance rooted in the Dominican Republic, and danced around the world! Starting with the basic 4 step rhythm, this class will have you ready to hit the dance floor. This event includes a one hour lesson followed by two hours of dancing with instruction and practice your bachata, merengue, and salsa moves. Refreshments and light snacks.
For more information about Sue Young’s instructional experience and techniques visit http://www.dtdballroom.com

Register online (see below) or call 401.560.0979. No paper tickets issued.

$25 General Admission, $20 JAC Members

Bachata Night


Community Clay: An Empty Bowls Event to Support the RI Community Food Bank

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Saturday, June 4, 1 – 3pm

Decorate a Bowl! Make a difference! The JAC will host a community glazing event on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00-3:00pm. Come paint, dip, and carve into a bowl from a selection of donated pots from artists in our community! Thank you to our generous clay artists for donating their time to make this event possible!

Everything we make will be donated to the RI Community Food Bank for their Empty Bowls fundraiser in September. We will also be doing demonstrations on the pottery wheel!

All ages and abilities welcome!

RSVP required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please sign up for a start time: 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, or 2:30pm.

Fee: FREE!


Accidental Sisters Concert


The Accidental Sisters, the women’s a capella vocal ensemble based in Jamestown, RI, announces FAIR WINDS, FAREWELL, its seventh and final concert on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4PM at the Jamestown Arts Center.

The ensemble, established in 2009 by director Julie Beth Andrews, sings classical, folk, and contemporary music that celebrates women around the world and issues of social justice at the center of their lives. The theme of this season’s concert, Fair Winds, Fair Music, Fair Women, speaks to the group’s journey from its inception to ending, forging bonds of friendship entwined with love of music and singing.

This year’s concert repertoire includes world music from Lithuania, classical songs from ballet and opera, folk arrangements from the British Isles, and a Capella arrangements of pop music.

The concert will also include a selection of poems and a guest set featuring ensemble members Cheryl Grelle and Judy Bolles, joined by Matt Bolles.

Admission to the concert is free. However, a $10 donation is suggested to further projects supports women, children and social justice locally and internationally. This year, 2016, the group has chosen to donate the final concert proceeds to the Women’s Resource Center of Newport. Their mission is: “Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services”.


Second Sunday Café: Poetry Reading and Book Signing w/ Micheal O’Siadhail


Sunday, June 12, 5:30pm

The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) is proud to present a poetry reading with renowned Dublin poet, Micheal O’Siadhail, on Sunday, June 12 at 5:30pm as part of the JAC’s Second Sunday Café Series. O’Siadhail will read from One Crimson Thread (2015) and other works.

Reading followed by book signing and reception. Complimentary spring hors d’oeuvres. Bar by donation.

Micheal O’Siadhail’s Collected Poems was published in 2013 and One Crimson Thread in 2015 by Bloodaxe Books. He was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize for poetry (1982), a Toonder prize for Literature (1998) and short-listed for Wingate Jewish Quarterly Prize (2003). He has given poetry readings and his work has broadcast extensively in Ireland, Britain, Europe, North America and Japan. He lives in New York where he is currently distinguished poet in residence at the Union Theological Seminary.

$10 General Admission | $8 JAC Members | $5 Students

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Facility Rental

The JAC is a unique venue for a variety of events including birthday parties, meetings, wedding receptions, film screenings, book launches and retreats. Call us to find out more about our facility and to book your event!

Children’s Birthday Party Rates (2 hours)

  • $150 for 10 children and under
  • $200 11- 15 children
  • Over 15 children, $15/additional child

Fun, unique party themes led by talented, local artists/instructors. Each child will create a take-home artwork* to make this a truly memorable experience!

Themes include: ​

  • Fairy/Gnome Houses
  • Princesses
  • Pirates
  • Superheroes
  • Wizards
  • Mini Gardens
  • Tie Dye
  • Create a mini car
  • Animals (choose your favorite and we’ll design an art project!)

Parents provide all beverages and food, as well as napkins, cups, tablecloths and decorations.

*If the project becomes more elaborate at the request of the parent, there will be an additional fee for materials and design where needed.

Children’s Ceramics Birthday Party Rates (2 hours)

Handbuilding for 12 children: $320

Wheel throwing for 8 children: $280

Each child creates a work of art in clay!


Individuals & Non-Profits

2 – 3 hour party or event – $750 (includes setup and staff)

Business & Corporate Retreats

Please call for rates.


Jamestown Arts Center PO Box 97 Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835 for more Information call: (401) 560-0979 or email


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