Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands on learning and collaboration.
Cape Ann Art Haven is a small nonprofit started on July 31, 2008, in downtown Gloucester with the mission of providing a place for the community to have exposure to the arts. Our immediate goal was to fill an obvious need for children. In the Gloucester Schools there have been many budget cuts, resulting in "Art in A Cart" programs in many Cape Ann elementary schools.
The idea for Art Haven was first conceived by David Brooks in January of 2008. Only nineteen at the time, he worked tirelessly to gain enough community support to make his vision become a reality. After working full time for six months at his day job in an effort to raise enough money to bring his idea to life, he finally saved enough and was able to find a landlord (Action Inc.) who believed in him enough to give Art Haven a chance.The doors of a newly refurbished studio on Main Street opened for classes on July 31st and the Open House later that night drew a large crowd of supporters. From that first open house until now, Art Haven has been sustained by an abundance of in-kind and financial support from the community, as well as many generous foundation grants. Over forty businesses have donated their resources, totalling over $20,000, to help us fulfill our mission.
At Art Haven, we aim to provide opportunities for artists of all ages to have a place to exercise their artistic talents. From July 2008 until May 2009 we offered afterschool classes for grades 3-8. We also host a weekly class for 15 students from an alternative high school called the Compass Youth Program, an extension of Gloucester High School for at-risk youth.
In summer 2009 our programs expanded to include mural painting, darkroom photography, pottery, and beginner adult classes in drawing and pottery. As summer came to an end, we made a transition into offering all of these things as afterschool classes, including an art history class and a homeschool class.
One of our most popular programs is family studio time. Family studio is a time when parents can come and participate in fun artistic projects as well as explore other mediums and interests.
In addition to our normal class programming, we love offering community events that get kids and adults excited about the arts on Cape Ann. Join us for pumpkin carving, ice sculpture building, buoy painting, and various artsy events that coincide with downtown block parties throughout the year!