In The News
What's going on at RAS? Scroll to see a history of our art shows, community outreach projects, feild trips, and other cool stuff!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Refuge's 1st Film Premiere!
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
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
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
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.
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: