• Winners Announced: Curry/Bower Exhibition
  • Spring Classes & Workshops Enrolling! 
  • Nitekap in Concert on April 15th
  • Women of the Week

Winners Announced!

9th Annual Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition

Upcoming Classes



Mosaic Portraits

Begins Thursday, March 23, 6-8:30 PM


Use mosaic tile to create beautiful portraits! Mosaic Basics or some mosaic experience necessary.  This is an 8-week class held each Thursday through May 11.



Adult Clay Handbuilding 

Begins: Thursday, March 30, 6-7:30 PM


Emphasis will be on mastering basic handbuilding skills as well as learning the proper stages of clay to achieve a stable and balanced three-dimensional form. Students will complete handbuilt projects through one or a combination of methods, including pinching, coiling, or slab building.



Youth Clay Lab

Begins: Tuesday, April 11, 4:30-5:30 PM


This class for ages 10-16 is geared towards experiencing many aspects of clay making, the students in this class will create both hand-built, and wheel thrown pottery and sculptures by acquiring basic skills of pinching coiling and working with slabs.

Be sure to check out our full listing of classes on our website! 

  • Mosaic Open Studio
  • Beginning Wheel Throwing
  • Mosaic Gazing Ball
  • Adult Clay Open Studio
  • Mosaic Plant Pot
  • Mosaic Steppingstone Weekend Workshop

Spring Concert!




Saturday, April 15, 6:30 PM

Advance Tickets: $15


A trio of local Bedford musicians who perform an eclectic mix of American folk music. Performing several genres of folk music from blues to pop, and Childe ballads to contemporary.


Women of the Week


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(1867 - 1922) 
Concert Soprano, Educator, and Activist
(1867 - 1951)
Educator, Architect, and Activist

    Emma Azalia Smith Hackley was an African American singer and political activist based in Denver, Colorado. She was a child prodigy learning to play the piano at three, as well as taking private voice, violin, and French lessons. In 1900 Hackley received her music degree from Denver University, and in 1905-1906 studied voice in Paris with a former Metropolitan Opera star. Active in Denver’s Black education, civic, and social life, Hackley worked as an elementary school teacher for eighteen years, founded the Colored Women’s League, and served as executive director of its local branch. Despite her stellar training, Hackley did not pursue a professional career.  Instead she spent much of the rest of her life training a younger generation of singers such as Marian Anderson. Hackley published her own collection of music entitled Colored Girl Beautiful. Later she turned her attention to African American folk music and organized the Folk Songs Festivals movement in Black schools and churches across the South.

    In her work as educator, social activist, and architect, equality was the vision of Elizabeth Carter Brooks. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to a formerly enslaved mother, Brooks graduated from New Bedford High School and then continued her education in architecture at the Swain Free School of Design. She went on to study at New Bedford’s Harrington Normal School for Teachers, where she became its first African American graduate. In 1901 Brooks became the first Black woman hired as a public-school teacher in New Bedford. 

    Her work in the Black women’s club movement, in architecture, and in real estate development were grounded in her social activism. She helped form the Northeastern Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, founded the New Bedford Home for the Aged, and designed its permanent home on Chancery Street. Through her teaching, organizing and building, Elizabeth Carter Brooks enriched the lives of New Bedford’s students, elderly, and people of color.


(1858 - 1964)

Author, Educator, Sociologist, Orator, and Black Equality and Women’s Rights Activist

    Of special note, Cooper remains to be one of the most prominent African American scholars in US history.

    Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was born enslaved in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended Oberlin College, Ohio on a scholarship, earning a bachelor’s in 1884 and a master’s degree in mathematics in 1887. After graduation, Cooper worked at Wilberforce University and Saint Augustine’s before moving to Washington, DC to teach at Washington Colored High School.

    In 1892 she published her first book, A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South. In addition to calling for equal education for women, the book advanced Cooper’s assertion that educated African American women were necessary for uplifting the entire Black race. The book of essays gained national attention, and Cooper began lecturing across the country on topics such as education, civil rights, and the status of Black women. 

    Cooper also established and co-founded several organizations to promote Black civil rights causes. Before 1946, the YWCA and YMCA did not accept African American members. As a result, Cooper created “colored” branches to provide support for young Black migrants moving from the South to Washington, DC.




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