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What's going on at RAS? Scroll to see a history of our art shows, community outreach projects, feild trips, and other cool stuff! 


We hope everyone had an incredible time at WAS open studios and our winter art show and fundraiser!

Student and instructor work was displayed and two live art raffle sessions were held. 

Winter Art Show & Fundraiser

Dec, 2022


Our 'Night Before Halloween" bash was a blast! 

Students, staff, and guests came with thier best costumes and enjoyed snacks, contests, and a game of manhunt at WAS.

Halloween Party 2022

Oct, 2022


our MCC portfolio students had the great opportunity to travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and see the exclusive Obama Portraits painted by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley.

MFA Obama Portraits MCC Trip

Oct, 2022


Our summer 22' Mural Crew' latest work.. found at the Bike Connector, Lowell MA. 

We are thrilled with the outcome, and even more thrilled to highlight the Connector's cool mission: making transportation accessible to everyone. 

Lowell Bike Connector Mural

July, 2022

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Our awesom Refuge team, including students Navaeh and Nophea, as well as Alumni Daryan and Maritza, worked to paint the first LGTBQ inspired multicultural lending library in Lowell! Thank you to Sate Rep. Vanna Howard and Howard Amidon for their support and trust in our team to help make this vision come to life.

Painting 1st LGBTQ+ Inspired Lending Library

June, 2022

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Check out another fun field trip from out Watercolor class, headed by instructor Ashley Eisenman! 


This time students the Isabella Gardner Museum in Cambridge MA, a great oppurtunity to see some beautiful art in a beautiful museum on such a beautiful day 

Field Trip to Isabella Gardner Museum

May, 2022

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It was great seeing students and alumni representing Refuge and their personal artwork at the AAPI event in Cambridge this May! 

A beautiful day to celebrate the lives, and traditions of people across Asian and the Pacific Islands. Proud of our artists!

AAPI Event in Cambridge, MA

May, 2022

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Another successful Art Exhibition to wrap up our eventful Spring semester! 

We love the work that has come out of this semester and cannot wait to see what comes out of our summer courses! 

Spring Art Show Exhibition

May, 2022

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

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:

Lowell Sun In-Progress Video

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!"


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