Opening New Doors

To Art Education on Nantucket

In the fall of 2013, the AAN Board of Directors voted unanimously to purchase a new building for arts education. The future home of AAN’s Visual Arts Center, at 24 Amelia Drive, replaces the previous Workshop at 1 Gardner Perry Lane; with 9,000 square feet, the new building more than doubles our education space.
The AAN’s educational program has grown and thrived in recent years. In 2014, more than 1,000 students attended AAN classes, workshops, and special events.  
The Workshop, which we’ve owned since 2002, was bursting at the seams and could no longer accommodate the demand for our programming. Growth was constrained for all of our classes, for our summer camp, and for adult arts education in particular. We required more studios to be able to offer quality learning opportunities through an innovative and diverse curriculum. 
The Visual Arts Center will offer multiple studios and workrooms to meet the differing needs of adults and children. The building will also provide space to exhibit art, to provide accommodation for visiting teachers and artists, to house the organization’s permanent collection of historic art, and more (see box below). The Visual Arts Center will be financially sustainable; earned and contributed annual revenues will offset the costs of growth. Financial projections forecast an increase of more than $250,000 in annual revenue, a 200% increase in the adult arts program, and a 100% increase in children’s classes, workshops, and ceramics programs. 
Most important and exciting, the Visual Arts Center will enable the AAN to greatly widen its reach within the Nantucket year-round community and summer communities. We will ensure that Nantucket’s rich art tradition continues: that artists can learn, work, grow in skill, exhibit and teach on Nantucket; that younger generations grow up enjoying art, and developing their talents; and that visitors are drawn to Nantucket by opportunities to participate in a vibrant arts program. 

In June of  2015, the Artists Association of Nantucket opened the Visual Arts Center at 24 Amelia Drive. The new home of replaced the Workshop at 1 Gardner Perry Lane; with 9,000 square feet, the new building more than doubled our education space.

The AAN’s educational program has grown and thrived in recent years. In the first full year in the building, more than 700  children enrolled in classes, while 528 adults signed up for AAN classes and workshops. In addition, AAN offered 97% more adult classes than the prior year and the children programming grew by 78%. Thousands of people attended free programs including demonstrations, artist talks, and special events in the building.    

The Visual Arts Center enables the AAN to greatly widen its reach within the Nantucket year-round community and summer communities. We ensure that Nantucket’s rich art tradition continues: that artists can learn, work, grow in skill, exhibit and teach on Nantucket; that younger generations grow up enjoying art, and developing their talents; and that visitors are drawn to Nantucket by opportunities to participate in a vibrant arts program.

Slideshow of Nantucket's first Visual Arts Center

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Visual Arts Center

24 Amelia Drive
Telephone: 508 228 0722
Fax: 508 228 9700

CECELIA JOYCE & SEWARD JOHNSON GALLERY

19 Washington Street
Telephone: 508 228 0294
Fax: 508 228 9700

Mailing Address:

Artists Association of Nantucket
P.O. Box 1104, Nantucket MA 02554