Newport Art Museum to present ‘Playdate’ on the Lawn at Art After Dark

Newport Art Museum has announced the following in regards to their next Art After Dark;

Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark is back on Thursday, September 12 from 5 – 8 pm. Each Art After Dark has unique programming for the whole family. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Art After Dark is supported by BankNewport, Matouk and Narragansett Brewery as well as donations to the Museum’s Annual Fund.

This month, DESIGNxRI and the Newport Art Museum are thrilled to welcome “tools for the imagination” designer Cas Holman for a hands-on community playdate and designer presentation kicking off DESIGN WEEK RI 2019. Guests will collaborate on a giant Rigamajig contraption on the Museum’s Bellevue Avenue lawn constructed out of Holman’s award winning Rigamajig toy/tool parts, and then learn about Cas Holman’s career, projects, and design philosophy. Guests will also be invited to join a Guided Preview Tour of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit Forever Young: Representations of Childhood and Adolescence.

Why PLAY? Play reinvents the rules, stimulates innovation, and is a catalyst for creativity. Play empowers players, rewards misbehavior and negotiates conflict. All are welcome to escape conformity, experiment, explore, and celebrate truly exceptional toy design for all ages at PLAYDATE. 

- Advertisement -

This month’s Art After Dark will be on Thursday, September 12 from 5 – 8 pm. A guided Museum tour will be at 6pm, followed by a presentation by Cas Holman at 7pm. Admission to Art After Dark is free for Members, and a suggested $10 donation for non-Members. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

About the Newport Art Museum

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 in its historic Newport setting. Visitors can expect treasures from its permanent collection featuring American art from the late 19th century to the present, as well as programmed exhibitions of contemporary art. Dedicated Museum docents are available to offer guided tours of the campus and educate visitors on the architecture, artwork and history of the Museum. Artist Talks, film screenings, lectures and musical performances are scheduled throughout the year.

The Museum operates on a three-building campus, the main building being National Historic landmark, the John N.A. Griswold House. It was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, completed in 1864 and remains the premier example of American “Stick-Style” architecture. Richard Morris Hunt went on to design Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and other landmarks in Newport and New York, including the base for the Statue of Liberty. Adjacent to the Griswold House is the Cushing Building, built in 1919, featuring two rotating galleries as well as the Cushing Memorial Gallery dedicated to the artist Howard Gardiner Cushing. Completing the three-building campus is the Art Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which offers year-round art classes, camps and workshops, incorporates the Museum’s collection into its curriculum and focuses on art fundamentals as well as design, digital studies and continuing education for artists of all ages and interests. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm, and from 10 am to 8 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, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone: (401) 848-8200.
 About Cas Holman

Cas Holman is a Providence and Brooklyn based designer and educator. Her award-winning designs explore the intersection of play, learning and creativity and are used in K-12 classrooms, playgrounds, children’s museums, public parks, and backyards around the world. Through her company Heroes Will Rise, Cas designs and manufactures tools for imagination that use manipulatable parts and pieces inspiring constructive play, imaginative forms, and cooperative interactions between people. An Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she prototypes her playthings on five acres known as Camp Fun in Hope, RI.
 About DESIGNxRI

DESIGNxRI (DxRI) is a nonprofit economic development organization with a mission to create an opportunity-driven environment for RI designers, design businesses, and the design sector to thrive. We believe design is a critical economic sector that drives change globally, socially, and locally. As the only statewide organization for design in RI, we build value in the sector by investing in RI design talent, increasing strategic assets in the field, and connecting this talent to key opportunities. Join us for DESIGN WEEK RI 2019, our 10-day, statewide celebration of design!


Our content is free and always will be – but we rely on your support to sustain it.