In The News

The mural competition at Winterfest was a very exciting and inspiring event! The refuge mural crew killed it with their painting skills, strong composition, and their positive collaborative work with one another.

We are proud of their collective voice and ability to acknowle the current state of the world.are rockstars!

Mural Competition at Winterfest

Feb, 2022

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Six lucky students from our Watercolor class got the chance to take a Surrealistic Painting class with instructor Dahlia Raz! 

Field Trip to Boston With Dahlia Raz

Jan, 2022

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Big things are happening at Refuge! 

We have renovated our studio space to increase productivity and provide opportunity for larger classes. 

We are now able to hold a class of 12! 

Refuge Studio Space Renovations

Jan, 2022

Watch our administrative assistant and studio manager Chummeng Soun make his work and voice heard in the community!

He talks about the importance of recording our experiences and cultural traditions of our ancestors, BIPOC representation, and more. 

Refuge Admin Chummeng Soun on Vital Voices

Dec, 2021


Students showcased their hard work from the recent semester in this year's Holiday Art Show. Guests were free to observe and purchase these creations, and roam about Western Ave Studios. 

The same art, merch, and prints prints are available on the Refuge website. 

Refuge Holiday Art Show

Dec, 2021

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Our collaboration with Women Working Wonders Fund was mentioned in the Lowell Sun!

Check it out HERE !!

Refuge Lowell & WWW featured in Lowell Sun

Oct, 2021


We celebrated the profound representations of Latinx culture  by the talented David Zayas and Evaristo Angurria as well as the collaborations made with Beyond Walls of Lynn, Project Learn, and ArtUp Lowell. 

Go check out these beautiful murals on Market Street in downtown Lowell. 

The Mural Project Celebration

Sept, 2021


As the weather gets colder, Refuge Fall Classes are back in full swing! 

Students are hard at work: creating, learning, and having fun! We are SO excited to see what the new semester has in store. 

Fall Classes Begin!

Sept, 2021


An art show was held, showcasing student work and featuring films created by those in our Intro To Short-Form Filmmaking class, taught by Henry Marte. This program was supported in-part by the Lowell Cultural Council.

Check out ALL the films on our YouTube channel HERE!

Aug, 2021

Refuge's 1st Film Premiere!

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Awarded 25k from Parker Foundation

Aug, 2021

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The Women Working Wonders (WWW) Fund support local programs that empower women and girls to effect positive change in the community. 

Refuge is one of their 2021 grant reciepients, rewarded $10,000 for Girls and Young Women Creating Community Through Public Art

Watch our "thank you" video HERE !!

Awarded 10k From WWW Fund

Aug, 2021

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Refuge Lowell has worked with Project Learn of Lowell and Beyond Wall of Lynn on the instillaion of Lowell Murals. A project like this will increase awareness of Lowell’s cultural vitality and build community among residents. 

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July - Aug 2021

The Mural Project


MassArt Boston alumni Momo Schafer from Netflix's Blown Away series stopped by Refuge to offer her energy and wisdom. Her talks gave our students a greater understanding of what it means to be an artist during a pandemic, how to approach our practice in the world and how to create with authenticity and confidence.

Momo Schafer Visits Refuge

Feb, 2021


With support from Lowell Cultural Council, Refuge students worked to construct a mural titled Elevating Cultural Identity, which can currently be found in its permanent location at Mill No. 5 in Lowell.​ It began as a 2 week summer mural program for middle school artists back in 2019. The theme was: How do you envision your cultural identity as a Lowell artist?

Mural Instillation at Mill No. 5

Nov, 2020

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MASSART, Lesley, UMass Lowell, and SMSA provide portfolio reviews to Refuge Students. Bring sketchbooks, bring confidence, bring questions!

College Portfolio Reviews

Oct - Nov, 2019


The talented Tory Wesnofske captured a bit of our "Build Something" course that we ran this summer and it ended up being featured in an edition of the Cultural Connection on LTC!  


Many thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for making this a reality!

"Build Something!" Airs on Local T.V.

March, 2018

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Summer 2017 Build Something! trailer is now live! 

Summer 2017 "Build Something!" Trailer

Oct, 2017

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Refuge Lowell is Featured in Lowell Sun

June, 2017

The Mural crew has done it again! The Historic Mural at Western Avenue is up! Footage of the mural and it's development can be found below:

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Historical Mural at Western Ave.

Dec, 2016


An awesome recycled material art installation the crew here at Refuge Lowell installed for the 2016 Mill City Grows Harvest Festival at the North Common Park. It is a bottle wall, a sun dial, and a pleasure to behold!

North Common Sundial & Bottle Wall Project

Oct, 2016

Refuge Lowell First Ever Mural Video

Aug, 2016

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Introducing... "Build Something!"