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Every year, thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are positively impacted by our art school classes and outreach initiatives. Our teachers are highly qualified and extremely motivated. Our Museum art galleries and outdoor sculptures become part of the rich, hands-on / minds-on learning environment found in our Art School. Recent studies conclude that self-esteem, cultural awareness, empathy, and innovative thought are enhanced by the arts. “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.” - Einstein






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In-person: Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

                    Coleman Center for Creative Studies

                    26 Liberty Street, Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-848-ARTS (2787)




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*Members also get into the Museum's galleries free of charge, discounts on events (including our interactive, family friendly, murder mysteries) and more!  Learn more on being a member >


Coleman Center Educator Honored with Pell Award

Ceramicist, artist, and beloved educator at the Coleman Center, Charlene Carpenzano, will be presented with a Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Pell Awards recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island and the New England region as well as on the national level.


Carpenzano has been a member of the Coleman Center faculty since 2004, and since then has brought joy and encouragement to all who are lucky enough to know her. As an educator, she works with a diverse group of students ranging in age from 4 to 90 and who come from myriad backgrounds. As part of the Newport Art Museum’s Outreach program, Carpenzano works with psychiatric and behavioral needs students from the Bradley Schools. Director of Education Maggie Anderson shared that "Charlene is a prize! She touches so many and has built a community of engaged art students whose lives have been transformed by their experience with her. We are all so proud of her." The Museum would like to express our appreciation of Carpenzano’s commitment to craft and to her students and congratulate her on this much-deserved recognition. Congratulations, Charlene!