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

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Studio 54: unparalleled nights; unparalleled influence

6:00 pm

Studio 54: unparalleled nights; unparalleled influence

Thursday, July 18th
6:00 pm

A multi-media show & discussion with R. J. Hay, Jr., author of 54 Nights— a self-published, nonfiction book that commemorated Studio’s 40th and won the approval of Ian Schrager, Marc Benecke and Sirius XM’s Studio 54 channel.

The book recounts 54 actual nights that the author spent at Studio during its unparalleled first 2 1⁄2 years. In the words of Quest Magazine: “In its formidable, intimate way, Hay’s 54 Nights gives us a director’s-seat view inside and behind the scenes.” The book also contains the only existing documentation of the playlists of Studio’s main DJ, the late Richie Kaczor, as the author personally recorded playlists on a monthly basis. 

Bob is a native Rhode Islander and a graduate of Brown University and NYU’s Stern School of Business. He’s a brand strategist who has advised clients such as American Express, Danone, J&J, Kraft, Merck and Unilever. Over the past 3 years, he’s been the architect of the most meaningful initiative of his career: helping a multinational’s largest franchise become a champion of cultivating Resilience among youth. Since this initiative launched, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the British monarchy have independently verified the importance of developing resilience in our volatile world. 

He has appeared on Sirius XM’s Studio 54 channel twice. His on-the-air insight about Studio’s link to Freedom was subsequently affirmed by many, most notably Studio’s founder. Bob is honored to have both firsthand experience and a brand expert’s insight about the most legendary institution that the world has ever seen. 

$10 General Admission  |  $8 JAC Members

Studio 54

Closing Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

PULPARAZZI: painting with paper

Top: Beck Whitehead, John Babcock, Joan Hall, Shannon Brock
Bottom: Lynn Sures, Michelle Samour, Anne McKeown, Peter Sowiski

Curated by Joan Hall
Exhibition Dates: July 12 – August 17, 2019
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm, or by appointment
Closing Reception: Wednesday, August 14th 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Curated by Jamestown artist, Joan Hall,
PULPARAZZI demonstrates the many uses of handmade paper pulp used by the group of eight internationally recognized artists that call themselves Pulparazzi.  The artists met in 2009 at a conference and have subsequently exhibited and conducted workshops and presentations together as a group across the United States.
Closing Reception will feature an artist demonstration and talk by Pulp artist, Michelle Samour.

Joan Hall is a leading contemporary mixed media artist using primarily handmade paper, glass, steel and printed marks to create her work that looks to raise awareness about climate change; including the deterioration of the world’s seas. Hall is an artist and critic who has spent time working in both the U.S. and Europe. Her art has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions at venues including the Newport Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of  Art, the Meadows Museum and the Silkeborg Art Center, Denmark. Her installation “ The Invasion of Hull Cove” is in the exhibition “Personal Structures-Identities” in Venice, Italy at Palazzo Mora, an exhibition during the Venice Biennale on view until November 24th.  

John Babcock, Soquel, CA
Shannon Brock, Brooklyn, NY
Joan Hall, Jamestown, RI
Anne Q McKeown, Secaucus, NJ
Michelle Samour, Acton, MA
Peter Sowiski, Buffalo, NY
Lynn Sures, Colesville, MD
Beck Whitehead, Texas

Learn more on the JAC Soirée Website

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 – Choose a Theme!

Children’s Birthday Parties include an art project led by a JAC instructor. Choose a theme and we’ll do the rest! Themes are:


Create a unique owl mask out of recycled materials and decorate it any way you’d like using paint, markers, glitter and paper feathers!

Sea Life

Create a beautiful diorama full of colorful shells while learning all about the different plants and animals that live in our ocean! Fun and educational!


Spend some time collecting natural materials like sticks, stones and leaves in the nearby park, and return to the JAC to build your very own Fairy House!


Create colorful little dragons out of recycled materials that can sit on your shoulder or breathe fire, and decorate your dragon any way you’d like!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This party’s all about transportation: draw and build cars, trucks, planes or boats using cardboard and other fun recycled materials!

Colors of the Rainbow

Take part in fun and arty games that explore the many ranges of colors we see every day, and make a cool piece of artwork to take home, too!


Children’s Birthday Party Rates:

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


Children’s Ceramics Birthday Party:

Each child creates a work of art in clay! Learn hand building skills, and children 8 and up will take turns throwing on the wheel!

  • $320 for up to 12 children (minimum age for children attending is 6.)


Parties are two hours and include one room and one instructor for art activity, and one room for cake and reception. Parents provide all beverages and food, as well as napkins, cups, tablecloths, and decorations.


Individuals & Non-Profits

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

Business & Corporate Retreats

Please call for rates.


Jamestown Arts Center | Location: 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835 | Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Jamestown,
Rhode Island 02835 | for more Information call: (401) 560-0979 or email


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