Refuge Lowell is an art classroom that provides a safe place for local, young talent to develop as visual artists.
Refuge began as a literal “refuge” for student artists seeking space, guidance and direction. After five years, Refuge has grown to offer a unique combination of classes designed with empathy at the center. We believe that art is essential to the development of critical thinking skills, creative self-expression and empathetic practice.
Part of our mission is to identify talented local students in the community who may not be able to afford enrichment in the arts. We invite these scholarship students into Refuge Studio and encourage their development as artists and community members.
Additionally, we guide Refuge students who seek acceptance to colleges with individualized portfolio development, with our Portfolio students receiving acceptances to their top choice schools. We make it our mission to constructively build up our young artists and help ensure they put their strongest work forward in the professional world ahead of them.
Small class sizes, constructive feedback, and mentorship from practicing/teaching artists sets us apart from other art education settings. Artistic connection and a passion for community engagement carve a home in the hearts of our students and teachers.
At Refuge Lowell, we create Artists.
"Refuge has helped me grow as an artist and a person through therapeutic class nights, workshops focusing on certain techniques or using new media, and by taking many risks." - Amy, 18
" Refuge has taught me to healthily pursue my art career. I've benefitted so much from being at Refuge, it's hard to imagine where I would be without having spent time there." -Tina, 20
"Refuge has helped me be more creative both in my art and in my life. It has made me realize part of my artistic Style. It has also greatly improved my art skills. After trying many art classes, Refuge was the one that suited me and encouraged me to continue art, especially drawing, and to build my skills." -Reina, 16
"Refuge gave me a place to express myself without feeling judged, but instead pushed me to be myself more freely. I wouldn't be half the artist I am today without NikKi." -Kat, 17
"Refuge helped me not only become a better artist technically in my work, but
helped me become more confident in my own style and who I am as a person and creator." - Emily, 19