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Digital Art Projects for Kids + Families

See bunches of great art projects that you can do from home! Check back frequently to find out some new ways to get creative!

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Summer Performances for Kids!

Thursday Mornings in July & August |  10:30 am

This fun virtual concert series will be shown virtually both on Facebook and YouTube.  Shows are free, open to all, and accessible anywhere with an internet connection!  This series is brought you by the Friends of the Richards Free Library.

Eric McDonald on Thurs. 8/27

Traditional Songs from Scotland & Ireland with Eric McDonald

Thursday, Aug. 27th |  10:30 am on Facebook Live

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 ericmcdonaldmusic.com.
Great for all ages! The Library Arts Center’s Summer Performances for Kids Series is made possible by a generous annual contribution from the Friends of the Richards Free Library.

Summer Performances for Kids Virtual Series

New England Folk and Fiddle Music with Lissa Schneckenburger  | Thurs. Aug. 13th, 10:30am

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 lissafiddle.com. 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 moockmusic.com.   

Summer Performances for Kids Virtual Series

Matt & Shannon Heaton  |  Thurs. July 16th, 10:30am

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.

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!

The Library Arts Center is excited to bring you a variety of fun arts experiences online!

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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! 

It's MEMBERSHIP time!

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!

In the interest of public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library Arts Center Gallery & Studio facilities are temporarily closed through September.

The next few months are going to continue to look a little different for the Library Arts Center.  As all our programming encourages social gathering–such as concerts, art openings, art classes, and community events–the board and staff have deemed it unwise for us to open our physical location at this point. 

It’s hard for us to think of not gathering together in the near future,  as we so passionately believe in the importance of building community through the arts, and we believe now is a time, more than ever, that we need the arts and the sense of community they bring us.   For this reason, during this time that our facility is physically closed, we will continue developing the remote, online programs we have launched in the last few months.

We have been really excited to get creative with our programming by finding ways to quickly reinvent it all to make it work during this unprecedented time. 

We have been thrilled with how receptive our community has been to this new format.  Our annual favorite the Peeps Diorama Contest in April had over 4,000 visits online, our first digital concert had over 500 people watch it online, our first digital community art project had nearly 100 participants creating entries, and over 1000 digital gallery visits on top of all who have enjoyed the pieces created from the digital entries that are on display downtown.  We have had many emails from people who enjoyed our first ever online art exhibit, all of which were encouraging and supportive of this new, temporary format.  We have also been converting much of our online programming into content for our local access TV station—NCTV–to ensure that those with limited online access can still enjoy our programming.

Our online classes have been popular as well.  Looking forward, we are making the summer art camps into free, quick online tutorials for families to enjoy, and all shows in our annual favorite Summer Performances for Kids series will be digital as well.  

Not only will continuing digitally for now allow us to serve our community in meaningful ways while maintaining safety, it is also helping the Library Arts Center sustain through COVID-19 financially.  Much of our funding comes from individual and family donation and membership, local sponsorship, and big fundraisers, all of which will be cancelled, smaller, or at the very least much less predictable for the remainder of the year.  The Board and staff have made the difficult decision to scale back financially for this time to ensure that when the Library Arts Center can safely physically reopen, we can do so in a healthy, sustainable and robust way.  The Library Arts Center is planning on continuing in this way through September.   

This is a strange time.  We miss being together, we miss creating art side by side, but we are realizing that remote, online programming is actually doing really well and offers us ways to creatively meet our mission in this challenging time.  We look forward to the day that it is safe, and financially feasible for us to open for our regular programming, but in the meantime, we hope everyone will join us virtually. 

To be the first to know about new offerings, be sure to subscribe to our eNewsletter, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.   All of our great community arts programming will be posted on our website, so be sure to check in with us frequently.

Thank you for being a part of our arts community!

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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