The JAC is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts dynamic events throughout the year.
March 17 – April 21, 2017
In 2016 we received two incredible grants that will allow us to complete
several major renovations to our space and upgrade our film
equipment. This will enhance our ability to serve our community and meet our
mission to Engage, Enrich and Inspire our community through
extraordinary arts and educational experiences.
In the first round of a highly competitive state-wide selection
process, the JAC was awarded a State Cultural Facilities Grant through the
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Funding from this grant
has been matched by generous donors to allow us to complete all the projects
on our list. You may have already noticed that the exterior of the
Arts Center is a beautiful new color!
New exterior paint color
While the Gallery is closed we will complete the following projects:
• Build an insulated storage addition
• Install air conditioning in the Gallery/ Performing Arts Space
• Install a new high-efficiency heating system
• Replace the large garage doors in the Gallery/ Performing Arts Space
Foundation for the new insulated storage addition
A huge Thank you to our partner Estes/Twombly Architects
& Peter Twombly for their continued dedication to the JAC.
Thank you also to the generous local businesses who
are helping to make all of this possible:
In addition to this incredible facilities grant, we are also
thrilled to announce funding from the Champlin Foundations
in the amount of $18,500 and a $2,000 grant from a local donor that will
allow us to purchase and install new sound and projection equipment for our
popular film screenings, talks, and multi-media events.
We have already purchased and installed a beautiful new 24′ x 24′ screen
(L-R: Karen Conway, Exhibitions Director; Tessa Freas Rodgers, Marketing Manager;
Lisa Utman Randall, Executive Director; & Seamus Hames, Arts Education Coordinator)
All of these important upgrades will make the JAC more energy efficient,
aesthetically pleasing, and state of the art. We are excited to
expand our programming and grow our audiences!
We are grateful to our many individual donors
and to the thousands of people who attend classes & camps,
enjoy film screenings, exhibition openings, concerts,
dance performances, talks and more.
Classical music as played by the incredible talents of the Heifetz International Music Institute! This program is an amazing opportunity for the region to experience world-class musicians in a meaningful way and in an intimate setting.
JAC is thrilled to announce our May 2017 classical music residency in partnership with the acclaimed Heifetz International Music Institute. This program, which began in October 2013, will include an in-school educational component in addition to musicales in local homes, and a public concert at the JAC. The residency and public concert are incredible opportunities for the region to experience world-class musicians in a meaningful way and in an intimate setting. It is a unique opportunity for audiences, young music students and community members throughout Newport County and beyond to experience the incredible talents of some of the most accomplished young artists from the Heifetz International Music Institute.
For this eighth residency, the musicians will spend a week in Jamestown. During their time in RI, they will give presentations and small group workshops at local schools including Thompson Middle School in Newport, Melrose Elementary School in Jamestown, & Lawn Middle School in Jamestown . The musicians will also have the opportunity to perform several musicales in private homes and to provide an open dress rehearsal to groups from senior living facilities and mental health and social services agencies.
MAY 2017 HEIFETZ ON TOUR MUSICIANS: To be announced
Public Concert on Saturday, May 20, 7:00pm
“It was simply amazing to have the opportunity to play with these exceptional musicians. I learned how to make my music more fluent and emotional. It was so much fun to play with the Heifetz musicians and improv with them. I think that learning from professional musicians is a cool and exciting way to learn. They inspired me to have fun with music, not just to play it.” Joshua, Student, Jamestown School – Lawn
“The performance was astounding, outstanding, inspiring, engaging, and a multitude of wonderful adjectives!!!! Everyone was so blessed to be there to hear it.” – Polly Hutcheson, audience member
7th Annual Summer Soirée
Friday, June 30, 2017
Champagne Preview & Curator’s Talk at 6pm
With an exclusive Viewing of
WORD: Text in Contemporary Art
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 arts and craft project led by a JAC instructor. Choose a theme and we’ll do the rest! Themes are:
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Colors of the Rainbow
Children’s Birthday Party Rates:
Children’s Ceramics Birthday Party Rates (2 hours)
Hand Building for 12 children: $320 (minimum age for children attending a Hand Building Party is 6.)
Wheel throwing for 8 children: $280 (minimum age for children attending a Wheel Throwing Party is 8.)
Each child creates a work of art in clay!
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.