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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

DESIGNxRI Surreal Costume Workshop

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the power of design locally and globally with DESIGNxRI – at the upcoming Designer’s Ball!

Delve into your dreams and your subconscious!
Come to any of their 3 workshops led by RISD apparel professor, Meg DeCubellis
and Keith Ranaldi from Fab Newport and create your fantasy costume and transform!

Tap your inner costume creator for the Surreal themed Designers Ball!
Join us for one of these upcoming COSTUMING WORKSHOPS.
Our textile and apparel design friends will help you develop an idea, play with materials, and get your creative juices flowing.

March 9, 2019 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St. Jamestown, RI 02835

*Suggested donation $10 for materials

Proceeds support the work of DESIGNxRI – as the go-to industry hub for networking, resources, education and funding opportunities for the RI design sector.

These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded.


Opening Reception


CUT & PASTE: Collage Today

Opening Reception: Thursday March 14, 2019 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours Thru April 20th: Wed. – Sat. • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Stemming from Cubism, collage as an art form first appeared in Picasso’s 1912 work, “Still Life with Chair Caning”. The layering of images and incorporation of autonomous elements continued to develop through George Braque’s artwork, becoming something new again with Hannah Hoch’s photomontage works of the 1920s and 30s.  Joseph Cornell’s post-war works developed the concept further by making it three-dimensional, a technique he used throughout his career and even carried into film. Beginning in the 1960s, Washington Color School artist, Sam Gilliam, assembles his collages to resemble his quilted and draped paintings, but on a smaller, more detailed scale. Artists such as Martha Rosler, continue to push the medium of collage. Her House Beautiful: Bringing Home the War, which was first created in 1967 and then again in 2008, creates photomontages that bring the horrors of war and political issues into American interior spaces, making the viewer remember the proximity of world events.  Collage enables artists to expand the boundaries of materials and question cultural norms and concepts of aesthetics.


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 13th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, FREE

Plan to attend the first collaboration of the Jamestown Arts Center & the Friends of the Jamestown Philomenain Library as we celebrate Poetry Month on Saturday, April 13th. Plan to arrive at the library meeting room at 6:00PM where there will be poetry readings and writing instruction for youth and those interested in learning to create poetry. The fun continues with a quick walk to the JAC. Children and adults are encouraged to attend and listen to local poets, RI poet laureates and poets in residence from URI and Salve Regina. They will read their work and encourage audience members to share their works. Oversized refrigerator magnates will be available for impromptu poem writing. Other word games and fun to follow. See you there!

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.

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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