Join us with hammer, thimble, camera or brush...

and pursue your desire to create. Find us in our Jamaica Plain classrooms, and in public schools and community centers throughout Boston, teaching woodworking, sewing, fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and more.

What's New

You spoke, we listened! Our new website should make it easy to find classes, enroll and learn about all we do. We know a new website can have kinks. If you find any, let us know and we’ll try to make things work for you. Thank you!

Currently hiring: Teen Arts Specialist, Art and Woodworking Teachers and Aides (PT) for our School & Community Partnerships. Details here.

Tuesday night life-drawing will resume in September. 7-9pm every week except holidays and weather emergencies. Pay at the door.

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Blog

• Fall-Winter Catalog
• 7/27 Tell Us the Truth Booth
• 7/27 Artist for a Nite
• Community Turnout for Space Planning
• Summer Program for Children
• Thanks! We Met Our Match

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Meet Our Alumni

A childhood moment in an Eliot School mural-making class provided a lifelong quest for Julia Ryan––recognizing the importance of an artists’s self-discovery.

A Jamaica Plain resident and graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia Ryan is the first Artist Resource Manager for the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston. She helps individual artists navigate the ins and outs of opportunities and resources, and guides them through permit and licensing challenges.

Her personal and professional work focuses on creating welcoming and accessible art spaces and the exploration of art through a lens of community engagement and empowerment, with special interest in access to art for youth– the very things that enriched her Boston childhood. 

Photo credit: Donrick Pond

Julia Ryan
Jamaica Plain, MA