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Refuge Lowell

Refuge Lowell is an art school that provides a safe, equitable space for local students to explore their talents and develop as artists through nurturing, mentorship, and rigorous arts instruction regardless of background. Refuge began in 2014 as a literal “refuge” for youth artists seeking a safe space, guidance, and direction and continues to this day promoting art education within a community as a civil right. The heart of our mission is to bridge the inequity gaps in the public school system by identifying talented students who may not have access to enrichment in the arts. We do this by providing scholarships so that all of our students have the opportunity to develop as professional artists, creative problem-solvers, and compassionate critical thinkers within their community.


Boston Art Review Reports on Artist Live-Work Space in Boston

The spring/summer 2022 edition of the Boston Art Review is out, and it includes a fantastic feature by Anita Morson-Matra, “Real Talk," that focuses on the state of live-work spaces for artists in Boston.  Anita…

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Preserving 350 Artist Spaces in Lowell

The Arts & Business Council is delighted to announce the preservation of Western Avenue | Studio & Lofts, a vibrant artist community in Lowell, Massachusetts, through purchase of the property as the next phase of…

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Available Grants from Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Our partners at Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation have two new grant programs available to help small businesses continue to recover from the pandemic. While not all of the artists and arts organizations we work with…

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