The New Art Center in Newton US Map & Phone & Address
61 Washington Park, Newton; (617) 964-3424
Recently rechristened (some still know it as the Newton Arts Center), this handsome brownstone former church continues on as a temple to the arts, both viewed and practiced. Classes, taught by talented professionals, take place all year long, for both adults and children. There is a wide range of endeavors from dance, acting, and comedy to sculpture, yoga, and even Survival Skills for Artists. ? Fees vary by course; annual memberships include a 10% discount.
There's a lot more here than books! The main branch in Copley Square has movies, lectures, and art exhibits, all free and open to everyone.
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Many of the outer branches have similar offerings.
Classical music concerts to children's theater shows to improvisa-tional comedy troupes. In addition, the NAC houses two art galleries, both of which present four shows per year (always running in tandem). Most feature artists from the Boston area; many are curated by local experts as well, who compete for the opportunity.
Gallery admission is usually free, though certain shows may charge a couple of dollars. Hours are generally Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and weekends from 1-5. Exhibits do not run at all times of the year, so call ahead to confirm the current schedule.