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The Newport Art Museum will welcome parents and children to the galleries for the popular monthly Second Saturday program on Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 am. Second Saturday presents engaging, family-oriented programming designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family. Each Second Saturday is uniquely curated based on a theme, and includes a variety of activities geared for ages 3-10 and their parents. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

This month, young artists and their families are invited to create in the Museum’s Art School, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which features five vibrant, active studios offering a variety of art classes for all ages and Youth Summer Camps. This Second Saturday event will begin with a close-looking guided tour of the Museum’s Arts Campus and outdoor sculpture park, followed by sculpture making in the Coleman Center. All supplies will be provided. Second Saturday is generously supported by the Hartfield Foundation.

The Second Saturday program is free for Members and youth and children up to age 18. For non-members, the Second Saturday program is free with paid admission to the Museum. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for college students and Active Military.

Founded in 1912, the Newport Art Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating and most highly regarded art museums and schools of its kind in the country. The Art Museum offers a provocative diversity of creative voices and experiences at its historic Newport setting. Visitors can expect to enjoy treasures of American art from the late 19th century to the present from the permanent collection, as well as rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and outdoor sculptures. Museum docents are available to offer guided tours of the campus and educate visitors on the Museum’s architecture, artwork and history. Artists’ talks, film screenings, lectures and performances are scheduled throughout the year.

The Museum operates from a three acre, three-building campus, the main building being a National Historic landmark, the John N.A. Griswold House. This former private house was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1864. The building remains the premier example of Modern Gothic, or American “Stick-Style” architecture. Richard Morris Hunt went on to design Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and other architectural landmarks in Newport and New York, including the base for the Statue of Liberty. Adjacent to the Griswold House is the Cushing Memorial Gallery, dedicated to the artist Howard Gardner Cushing and completed in 1919 by the firm Delano and Aldrich. In 1990, the Sarah Rives Lobby and Nathalie Bailey Morris Gallery were added, providing additional exhibition spaces. This climate-controlled building also houses the Museum’s growing permanent collection.

Completing the three-building campus is the Art Museum’s School, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which offers year-round art and design classes, summer youth camps and workshops for all ages and experience levels. Classes incorporate the Museum’s collection, current exhibitions and historic architecture into its curriculum.

The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Public hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pmSunday from noon to 5 pm, and from 10 am to 9 pm every second Thursday of the month for the Art After Dark programming. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, special events, and more can be found at Phone: (401) 848-8200.