In January 2008, a Gloucester native, David Brooks, and his sister Sarah noticed a need for affordable art classes in the Gloucester area and began making plans for Art Haven. They found a landlord who believed in their cause and received a tremendous amount of support from the local community, enabling them to open their doors to the public on July 31, 2008. It's only with the amazing support of the community that this idea has been able to come to fruition. From the 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.
Today, Art Haven is a small nonprofit with the mission of providing a place for the community to have exposure to the arts. Our immediate goal was to fill a need for children to exercise their artistic talents. In the Gloucester Schools there have been many budget cuts, resulting in "Art in A Cart" programs in many Cape Ann elementary schools. Because of these budget cuts, we started offering after school classes for students in grades 3-8 in July 2008.
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, buoy painting, and various art events that coincide with downtown block parties throughout the year!
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I get involved?
We are always looking for people to volunteer their time in the studio. Call us or stop by to get more information and pick up a volunteer application.
What facilities and supplies does Art Haven have?
Art Haven has 7 pottery wheels, a high-fire kiln, a variety of painting, drawing, and printmaking supplies
Do I need to sign up ahead of time?
Some of our classes require preregistration, but many are open to walk-ins. To be safe, you can always call ahead to check.
If I can't afford classes, what do I do?
Because of the help of our donors, we are able to offer scholarships to youth from low-income families. To see if a child qualifies for reduced class fees, a parent or guardian must print and fill out a registration form online, or stop by to pick up a form. Once we review the application, we will contact you to let you know.
Where is Art Haven located?
The studio is located at 180B Main Street in Gloucester, MA, directly across from the police station.