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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.

Current & Upcoming Events

Call to Artists and Curators


The Jamestown Arts Center is accepting exhibition proposals for 2020!
The gallery is currently booked through December of 2019.  
The deadline for submissions for 2020
is May 1, 2018.

Please email proposals to Exhibition Director Karen Conway at karen@jamestownartcenter.org


Call to Artists & Curators

The gallery space at the Jamestown Arts Center has become one of the most exciting places to experience art and design in southern Rhode Island.  Because of its large size and high ceiling height, the space is unique and lends itself to a variety of exhibits.

If you are interested in showing your work or curating a show, you must submit a proposal to the exhibition committee.  We strongly urge you to visit the space first so that you understand its possibilities and limitations. We are also very interested in collaborating with other spaces and organizations, particularly outdoors in Jamestown.

The gallery is currently booked through December of 2019.  The deadline for submissions for 2020 is May 1, 2018.

Proposals should include the following:

  • A description of the exhibition, including its objective and why it should be shown at the Jamestown Arts Center.
  • Possible and best case time frames for the exhibition.  The usual duration of an exhibition is 4-6 weeks.
  • Artist’s or curator’s statement(s), and/or other support material, reviews, résumés, exhibition history etc.
  • A list of artists participating, if applicable.
  • Links to relevant website(s) if available.
  • A selection of high-quality digital images of the artwork to be shown, with titles, dimensions, and dates. Can be emailed or sent on cd.
  • Price range of the artwork, if it is for sale. Note: that the JAC will take a 35% commission if work is sold while at the arts center.
  • List of costs the JAC can expect, beyond reasonable gallery maintenance and opening expenses.
  • Description of educational programming that could be connected to this exhibit- artists’ or curators’ talks, workshops, films, classes, field trips etc.

    We are a multi-disciplinary facility:

    Please note the gallery space is also used for monthly film screenings, theatre productions, concerts, JAC talks, and other events. All sculpture and installations must be movable to accommodate other programming.

“Heifetz on Tour” Concert

7:00 pm

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 2018 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 ninth 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. The musicians will also have the opportunity to perform several musicales in private homes and provide an open dress rehearsal to groups from senior living facilities and mental health and social services agencies.

MAY 2018 HEIFETZ ON TOUR MUSICIANS: Violinist Sein An, Violist Isabella Bignasca, Cellist Thomas Mesa, Pianist Dina Vainshtein

Public Concert on Saturday, May 19, 7:00pm

Ticket Prices:

    • General Admission $35.00
    • JAC Members $30.00
    • Ages 25 and Under $15.00

Heifetz on Tour Concert Tickets

About the 2018 Heifetz Musicians:


Sein An, 19, began violin at the age of three in Seoul, Korea. She received numerous awards in competitions, such as the Grand Prize of the 16th International Violin Competition “Remember Enescu” in Romania, Honorable Mention in the Junior Division of the 2013 and the 2014 Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Competition, 2009 North Carolina Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through the NPR’s top-rated radio show From the Top, on which she has appeared three times. As a soloist, she has performed with the Wilmington Symphony, Temple University Symphony, Cairn University Symphony, Ambler Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony. In the summer, she has attended the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Chamber Music, Meadowmount School of Music, Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria, National YoungArts Week in Miami, National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and most recently, the Ashkenasi-Kirshbaum chamber music seminar at the Heifetz Institute. Now a second- year student at Columbia University and Juilliard School, Sein plans to major in economics and studies violin with Catherine Cho. In her free time Sein enjoys baking treats for her one-year- old golden retriever, Ronks.

Boston-based pianist Dina Vainshtein is known for her sensitive and virtuosic collaborations with some of the most promising musicians of recent years. Dina, a longtime Faculty Pianist for the Heifetz Institute, is the daughter of two pianists, and studied with Boris Berlin at the prestigious Gnessin Academy in Moscow. While there she received the Special Prize for the Best Collaborative Pianist at the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Competition.  She came to the United States in 2000 to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she worked with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and her husband, Donald Weilerstein. Her talents vaunted her to numerous performing opportunities, from Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, to the Caramoor Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Music Academy in the West at Santa Barbara, not to mention tours of Japan, China, Europe and Russia. To this day, Donald Weilerstein regards her as “an extraordinary collaborator.  She is an extremely fine musician and one of the most empathetic, dynamic and supportive chamber players I know.” For nearly a decade Dina has been affiliated with the New England Conservatory and the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts.



Isabella Bignasca commenced violin studies at the age of 4 and viola at the age of 10, soon earning her Associate and Licentiate diplomas on both instruments. She has toured around Europe, performing both chamber music and solo, and was principal violist of the New South Wales Youth Orchestra for a number of years. Isabella was a scholarship-holder at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy Program where she studied with Roger Benedict, Principal Violist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was coached in chamber music by John Harding, former leader of the Orlando Quartet. Isabella won the Multiple Section in the 2015 NSW KPO Concerto Competition and in the same year, had several recordings broadcast on Fine Music FM102.5 as part of the Young Performers Award Broadcast Series, and performed in the world-famous Sydney Opera House. Isabella was a semi-finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition and has participated in the Curtis YASP Summerfest and the Heifetz International Music Institute where she received the wonderful opportunity to work and perform with the esteemed Borromeo Quartet. She is currently in her first year at Juilliard and is studying with Paul Neubauer.


Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile performers of his generation with a wide variety of solo engagements across the United States. Thomas is a Winner of the Astral Artists Auditions, the Sphinx Competition, Thaviu Competition for String Performance, and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition.

As a soloist, Thomas’ most recent past and present engagements include the the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Mainly Mozart Festival, Barge Music,  Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall, The Supreme Court of The United States, Guest Artist at The Heifetz Institute and Meadowmount School of Music, Strad for Lunch Series in NYC, International Beethoven Project, Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital, and universities across the United States.  His concerto engagements for this season and future seasons include the L.A. Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, Cleveland Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra, among others.

As an enthusiastic interpreter of music for choir and cello, Thomas was one of the featured instrumentalists on The Crossing Choir’s album called “Bonhoeffer” that was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2017. Led by Donald Nally, this multiple award-winning ensemble has invited Thomas as the featured soloist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, The Winter Garden (broadcast on WNYC) and the Theological Seminary in New York City.  Additionally, Thomas and The Crossing Choir collaborated on the American Premiere of “Astralis” (Choir and Solo Cello) composed by Wolfgang Rihm, one of the most important composers of this generation.

As a chamber musician, Thomas has toured with Itzhak Perlman both nationally and internationally and is a member of St. Petersburg Piano Quartet who are in high demand for the most important series in America.  He plays on a cello made in England by Richard Tobin in 1820.



8th Annual Summer Soirée

7- 10 pm


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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