Rhode Island
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Jamestown Arts Center


The Mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences.


The Jamestown Arts Center's vision is to be a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish. 

Who We Serve

While we are committed to creating extraordinary visual and educational experiences for Jamestown, Rhode Island and our surrounding communities, our center is open to all and enriched by participation near and far. Audience members, gallery visitors, and students come from throughout the region to experience the arts in our facility.


The Jamestown Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film screenings, JAC talks and concerts, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. Housed in a former boat repair shop, the JAC began operation in 2010 and will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2020. The JAC was awarded Best Gallery in Newport County by the Best of Rhode Island 2017 & 2018 readers’ polls and the Looking Upwards Community Partner Award in 2018. Programming partners include: Heifetz International Music Institute, FirstWorks, RISCA, FabNewport, 10 Thousand Small Businesses, RISD, Manhattan Short Film Festival, SENE Film Festival, Providence Art and Design Film Festival, Island Moving Company, The Jamestown Schools, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting & Directing Program and many individual artists and local organizations. The Jamestown Arts Center has quickly become a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish. 



Additional Links: 
Up to the minute updates on all things JAC!
Learn more about our signature summer event!
Student work and fun JAC snippets!

I Have Worked With

  • September 2019

    Each September we host two screenings of the Manhattan Short Film Festival selections and our Jamestown, RI audience then votes for their top 3. Our votes are then tallyed with votes from around the globe to pick the Festival winning short films.

    MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films and great artists to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. All films selected in MANHATTAN SHORT 2019, will be eligible to enter the Oscars in 2020. This year over 100,000 film lovers in over 350 cities across six continents will enjoy the festival at the same time.

  • July 2019

    In 2018 and 2019 we hosted DesignxRI Clambake speaker events as well as partnered to host costume making workshop shope for the annual Designer's Ball.

    We partnered with DesignxRI located in Providence, RI to present an exhibition featuring their 2015 Design Hall of Fame inductees.

    "Setting the Stage"

    A “Behind the Scenes” exhibit exploring the design process and work of 2015 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees

    Lifetime Achievement – Eugene Lee, Set Designer – his work includes: Trinity Rep, Saturday Night Live, Wicked, The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon

    Emerging Designer – Kyla Coburn, Interior Designer – her work includes: The Avery, Loie Fuller’s, Salvation Cafe, Providence Black Repertory Company


  • July 2019

    We partner with FabNewport for a variety of events. In July 2019, we will host collaborative educational programming, where teens can create videos.


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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 97
Jamestown, RI 02835
Physical Address: 
18 Valley Street
Jamestown, RI 02835
Last Name: 
Utman Randall


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Design - General
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Music - General
Theater - General
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Centers
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Venue Rental
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Best Gallery - Newport County 2017 & 2018 Best of RI Reader's Poll
Partnership of the Year Award - Looking Upwards 2018
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Jamestown Arts Center
Venue Type: 
Gallery / Museum
Venue Address: 
18 Valley Street
Jamestown, RI 02835
Venue Phone: 
Stage Details: 
Theater in the Round
Seasons Available: 
Venue Features: 
Dressing room(s)
Exhibition walls
Light system / track lighting
Loading dock
Venue Capacity: 
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities