Newport Art Museum's Art After Dark late night happenings and Second Saturday initiatives continue this month with new themes.



The Newport Art Museum continues to engage and inspire the whole family with Second Saturday, taking place this month on April 9. Experience an engaging family-oriented program designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

This month, "Second Saturday" will join hundreds of libraries and schools nationwide in marking the 20th anniversary that El Día des los Niños/El Día des los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), an annual multicultural initiative which aims to emphasize literacy for children of all backgrounds. In partnership with the Providence Community Library, the Museum will host Ecuadorian visiting artist Ildefonso “Poncho” Franco for a grand collaborative multi-media collage project themed “Kids Around the World”. Get your hands messy and enjoy meeting new friends while you create a large community art tapestry from a variety of materials. Expand your children’s visual literacy skills with a mini guided Learning to Look tour where you'll focus on close looking at one or two works selected especially for Second Saturday.  



Kids Around the World Workshop with Poncho Franco: 10:00am - 11:45am 
Learning to Look Guided Family Tour: 11:45 am
Griswold Hunt scavenger hunt 

Admission is free (donations welcome).  
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Art After Dark, the Newport Art Museum's popular late night event held each month on the second Thursday (Newport Gallery Night), will celebrate the advent of spring with Primavera on April 14 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.


Art After Dark will welcome Harvest Kitchen and Sweet Magnolia Soups as Chef’s in Residence, in addition to popcorn courtesy of newportFILM. The Coleman Center Maker Space will feature “seed bomb” making where guests can take home a Newport Art Museum Beech Tree great-great-great-grandchild seed to plant (or nasturtiums for those with limited space!). Enjoy guided mini-tours of the galleries, exhibiting artist talks, scavenger hunts, and don’t miss star-gazing on the lawn with Skyscrapers, RI’s Amateur Astronomical Society, who will turn their high-powered telescopes at the vast universe and share their knowledge of the constellations and related myths.  


In addition to scheduled events, Art After Dark will also participate in First Light Funeral, the kickoff event for Newport Arboretum Week and the Newport Arboretum’s first ever Lighting of the Beeches festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the life of Newport Art Museum’s iconic Fernleaf Beech, which is succumbing to age and is scheduled for removal this spring.  

The celebration will take place at the Museum and will feature Salve Regina University’s Jazz Ensemble performing New Orleans’ style jazz funeral arrangements and performances by Rhode Island’s ballet theater. The Museum will host an exhibit of special hand-crafted shrines made by community members in workshops led by Christina Bertoni, professor emerita from RISD, with assistance from Newport Art House. Guests will be invited to share their thoughts on leaf shaped notes that will be attached to the tree. Following a lively procession to the beech tree, noted local scholar Nancy Austin will share reflections on the beeches as living landmarks that tell the story of Newport’s heritage as readily as our iconic architecture. 


Dress warmly and follow the luminary to the Museum for this special evening event.



Art After Dark: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
First Light Funeral: 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Admission is free (donations welcome).