Who We Are
We are proud of the scope and reach of our programs. Annually, we offer 450+ classes for adults, teens, and children and enroll more than 2,500 students from more than 56 different municipalities. Our school vacation and summer programs offer a safe and engaging space for parents and caregivers to send their children. We are the only nonprofit, educational venue in Newton solely dedicated to the visual arts.
Learn more about our art programs here.
Our exhibitions program showcases the artwork of students and faculty and is an integral part of our community. We operate galleries both at our building at 61 Washington Park as well as satellite galleries. Learn more about our galleries and exhibitions here.
We also actively support the community-at-large with free art experiences to ensure everyone has access to quality arts programming. Annually, we offer:
- Weekly, private outreach classes for developmentally delayed young adults
- Weekly, private art experiences for women and families seeking shelter from domestic violence
- 4+ Drop in Family Days for art making, all free and open to the public
- Full and partial scholarships for adults and children
Learn more about how donations enable our daily operations and greater community outreach programs.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values are as follows:
Mission – The New Art Center is a community art education space which offers everyone, at all levels of ability, exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art.
Vision – We envision the New Art Center as a highly visible, bold, anti-racist, inclusive leader in art education and community building that serves the greater Newton community with programs and opportunities both in our facility and beyond those walls.
Values – The New Art Center is based on the belief that the practice of looking at, thinking about and making art helps human beings solve problems, learn from their environment, build durable communities and live meaningful lives. We work towards a future in which all people can incorporate the experience of art into their daily lives.
In December, 1976, the City of Newton sold an unused 19th century church building to Newton Cultural Affairs, Inc. to develop a center for the performing and visual arts. A volunteer committee raised funds for the renovations and the Newton Arts Center began programming in 1977. The organization was incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) institution in 1983.
In 1994, the name “Newton Arts Center” was changed to the “New Art Center in Newton” to address misconceptions that the Center was for Newton residents only; that it was a city agency funded by the City of Newton. The new name reflects an expansion of the Center’s audience beyond the city limits to include people from greater Boston and New England.