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

Current & Upcoming Events

“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 2019 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 tenth 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 2019 HEIFETZ ON TOUR MUSICIANS: Pianist Jingxuan Zhang, Violinist Ria Honda, Cellist Nick Mariscal

Public Concert on Saturday, May 18, 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 2019 Heifetz Musicians:

Pianist Jingxuan Zhang’s musical journey started in Beijing, wound its way through Indiana and New York, and brought him to Boston. He did his undergraduates studies at Columbia University and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal; and received his Masters Degree from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Alexander Korsantia. After graduation, he remained in Boston to teach and play. He loves to cook the Chinese food he grew up eating and converse with his friends over the dinner table. Now he can even enjoy the Lebanese and Ukrainian cuisines of his two pianist-housemates and good friends. Otherwise, he likes to swim briefly in the frigid ocean during autumn or spring-time. Finally, he wants to share shareable things – music, food, time, knowledge, and company – with others!

Violinist Ria Honda is a 2018 alumna of the Heifetz Institute. Ria studies with Li Lin at the Juilliard School. She was most recently the Rachel Barton Pine Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago where she studied with Almita Vamos. Ria has won first prize at the MTNA Junior Strings Competition, Seattle Music Teachers Association Simon Fiset Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Sejong Music Competition, Seattle Symphony Young Artists Auditions and Cascade Symphony Young Artists Competition. Additionally, she has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition, and DuPage Symphony Young Artists Competition. She was one of 20 competitors selected from worldwide to participate in the Menuhin International Competition and has been a finalist in the International Cooper Violin Competition, as well as semi-finalist in the Johansen International Competition. She was the recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship from 2008-2014. She has been featured on WFMT’s Introductions and NPR’s “From the Top.” In 2017 and 2018, Ria was named a YoungArts Winner. Ria has been featured on the Young Steinway Concert Series and has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Seattle Festival Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Oistrakh Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony. Ria has participated in master classes and lessons with artists such as Ray Chen, Tong-Wei Dong, Grigory Kalinovsky, Leonid Kerbel, Ani Kavafian, David Nadien, Stephan Picard, Joseph Silverstein, Pavel Vernikov, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Ying Quartet. She has participated in programs at the Meadowmount School of Music, The Heifetz Institute, and The Institute for Strings as a full-scholarship recipient, Miyazaki International Music Festival, Musica Mundi music festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, and MusicAlp Académie Internationale de Musique à Tignes. A passionate chamber musician, Ria has been a 1st prize winner in numerous chamber music competitions including the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Enkor International Competition, and Naperville Women’s Club Young Adult Music Competition. She has additionally received the silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Grand prize at Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition.

Nicholas Mariscal is a 26-year-old cellist and recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received both his Master of Music degree and Graduate Certificate studying with distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2014 he received his Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University under the tutelage of Eric Kim. He has won numerous competitions and awards, including 3rd Prize in the 2014 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, as well as 1st Prize in the 2017 Edith Knox Competition in Los Angeles. In November of 2018, Nicholas made his professional concerto debut, performing the Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing the work with the New World Symphony in Miami as the winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition. He has given additional concerto performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Indiana University, and with the Peninsula Symphony. Additionally, he has won the USC/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Mock Audition, leading to performances with LACO as a member of its cello section. Nicholas also won the Indiana University Latin American Music Center Recording Competition, resulting in a commercially produced recording and a solo recital in New York City at the Americas Society. An ardent performer of new and lesser-known music, his recording, Nubes Bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America, includes seldom-performed unaccompanied cello works by 20th and 21st century Latin American composers. He has also performed concertos by living composers such as Tan Dun and Sofia Gubaidulina, and has played extensively with contemporary music ensembles including the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and USC Thornton Edge. Since the Fall of 2018, Mariscal has been a Fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami.

Talk & Book Signing

6:00 pm

Robin Bowman
It’s Complicated: The American Teenager

Wednesday, May 29th, 6:00 pm

The American Teenager Project aims to combat social division among youth, cultivate empathy towards the struggles of adolescence, and teach us all to value the young adults in our communities. We believe young people have the right to be seen and heard and have tremendous capacity to shape their environments for a more positive future. We work towards a society in which young people forge alliances across difference and advocate for each other and all peoples’ full civil and human rights. Through collaborative portrait photography and personal history telling we provide the structure through which young people identify their commonalities and are empowered to stand up for each other in the face of injustice.

JAC’s 9th Annual Summer Soirée

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Jamestown Arts Center’s 9th Annual Summer Soirée is Friday, July 12th!
Learn more on our Summer 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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