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Get Creative with Nature

We thought you might enjoy a little inspiration for getting creative in nature this Earth Day.  So, here you go!  Please enjoy some wonderful earthy art inspiration from our very own arts instructors and creative community. 
Get outside today, get creative, and enjoy some Arts Center Inspiration to get you going.   
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How to Catch a Walrus in the Woods

with Deborah Stone

The outdoors can be like a gym where you can run, jump and climb. It can be like a theater where you can see amazing and beautiful scenery. But did you ever think of using the outdoors as a playground for your imagination? In this film, professor and “Walrus Catcher” Deborah Stone will show you how to create fantasy creatures in the woods and how to make up fun stories about them.


Catch the REPLAYs from the Summer Performances for Kids

A Celebration of Traditional Music for Kids, Families, Everyone!

This fun virtual concert series of traditional musicians is brought to you virtually in 2020.  This series is brought you by the Friends of the Richards Free Library.

New England Folk and Fiddle Music with Lissa Schneckenburger

Pull up a chair and enjoy an absolutely lovely lively fiddle concert with musician Lissa Schneckenburger! She invites everyone–parents, and children 2 to 102 to dance, sing, and clap along as she presents traditional songs that have been passed down through generations, as well as some of her own music. Find out more about Lissa’s music at Watch the show anytime after the premiere at the link above.  

Summer Performances for Kids Virtual Series

Songs from England & New England on Accordion with Alex Cumming| Thurs. Aug. 6th, 10:30am

Enjoy a dance-able, upbeat accordion show with musician Alex Cumming, and see a little “show and tell” of the inside of a real accordion, and learn about how this fascinating instrument works. Alex Cumming is an English Singer, Accordionist, Pianist, Dance Caller and Workshop Leader originally from Somerset and now living in Boston, MA. He is excited to share lively traditional accordion music with you!   Watch the show anytime after the premiere at the link above.  

Summer Performances for Kids Virtual Series

Get to Know the Nyckelharpa with Bronwyn Bird & Justin Nawn  |  Thurs. July 30th, 10:30am

Find out about the mechanics and rich history of this fascinating Swedish instrument—the Nyckelharpa! Bronwyn Bird and Justin Nawn are the co-founders of the Birdhouse Center for the Arts in Lambertville, NJ, and have a common passion for the power of music to build community, as well as this unusual traditional instrument. Their show is equally entertaining and educational.   Perfect for all ages.  

Summer Performances for Kids Virtual Series

Music to Inspire Leadership & Activism with Alastair Moock  |  Thurs. July 16th, 10:30am

Grammy-nominated Boston songwriter Alastair Moock presents a concert that celebrates diversity, inclusion, history and fun, steeped in various American musical styles from roots rock to bluegrass to blues. Moock says that children aren’t just our future, they’re our present. This fun virtual concert honors the power of youth to make positive change, as Moock looks to the heroes of our past (Dr. King, Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King, Pete Seeger, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X) and our present (Malala Yousafzai, Congressman John Lewis, the Parkland student protestors, climate change marchers) to inspire kids to take a stand for the causes they believe in. For more information, visit   

Matt and Shannon Heaton

We are thrilled to kick off our 2020 Virtual Performance Series with this fabulous with musicians Matt & Shannon Heaton from the Boston area! Matt and Shannon present traditional and modern Irish music on a variety of traditional instruments such as the bouzouki, tin whistle, flute, accordion and guitar. Enjoy the lively jigs & reels on this summer morning!   A great, uplifting concert for all ages.  Find out more about Matt & Shannon’s music HERE.

Eric McDonald on Thurs. 8/27

Traditional Songs from Scotland & Ireland with Eric McDonald

Join us for the final show in this year’s virtual series! Musician Eric McDonald presents a show of traditional tunes from Scotland & Ireland. Eric is no stranger to performing at the Arts Center, and has presented a number of shows–both on the gallery stage, as well as in this year’s virtual series. He is also the curator of our Three Bridges Concert Series, as well as this year’s Summer Performances for Kids Series. Find out more about his music at

Virtual Exhibit | Pastel Society of NH | Member Show 2020

June 19 – August 31, 2020 
This exhibit features recent works by artist members of the Pastel Soceity of New Hampshire, with awards chosen by judge Robert K. Carsten, PSA-M, IAPS-MC, CPS.

NEW! Socially Distanced Outdoor Yoga

Friday Mornings | 8:30-9:30am

While the Arts Center’s facility is still CLOSED in response to COVID-19, we are thrilled to be starting Outdoor, Socially-distanced yoga on the Newport Town Common. 

Virtual Exhibit | Black and White Community Art Show

This juried community art exhibit features artwork in a variety of mediums made in black, white and gray. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, mixed media etc. are all represented. 

The Library Arts Center is on YouTube!

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Virtual CONCERTS | Three Bridges Music Series

A new online concert series via Facebook Live During COVID-19.
Hear incredible music.  Support incredible musicians.

We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to present some of concerts virtually, from the comfort of our own homes via Facebook Live! 


In light of the pandemic and a tremendous loss in revenue due to the pandemic, the Library Arts Center’s membership campaign is coming a bit earlier this year.  Your membership will allo us to keep the Arts Center thriving, even during this time when our physical doors are closed.  We thank you for your generosity!

DONATE to the Library Arts Center

Your donation will allow the Library Arts Center to coninue its mission during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will provide needed support for our online programming and continued operation.  We thank you for your generosity!

Virtual Concerts

See top notch traditional musicians from New England and beyond in the virtual edition of our Three Bridges Music Series!

Online Classes for Adults

We are so grateful for Zoom during this season!  Check out our current classes for adults.

Community Arts Projects

We are taking the Arts out into our community.  Find out about the HOPE Community Arts Project.

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