Back in 2007, a group of Jamestown residents passionate about the arts collectively envisioned a dynamic arts center in the heart of historic Jamestown. They worked tirelessly to bring their vision to life and finally, in December of 2009, they purchased a former 5,000 square foot boat repair shop and transformed it into a thriving arts center. 

Since then, the Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) has brought endless art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film nights, OutLoud events and concerts to Jamestown, alongside art and design educational programs for people of all ages.

Their latest outdoor exhibit, "Passages" will launch July through October, 2022 throughout the island. Each of the temporary installations engages space in interesting or unusual ways, is original in its construction and use of materials, and offers an unexpected point of view.

All artwork and site locations will be announced this summer.


When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 


According to the JAC, this year's concept for Passages was inspired by the town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island, itself literally and physically defined by Narragansett Bay. Explore the mission and more about this year's concept here,


Considered Site Locations for 2022

*Map courtesy of Jamestown Arts Center



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