Art for Social Change Schedule 2020

All Programs are free of charge


Great River Terrace 

Weekly acrylic painting class and portrait sesisons on Fridays at GRT.

Boys and Girls Club

8 week art class at BGC, Tuesdays 4pm-6pm starting February 4, 2020.

Turning Point of Windham County

8 week art class for people in recovery at River Gallery School, Thursdays 5pm-7pm, starting February 13, 2020.

Grief and Artmaking

4 week art class for people in the grieving process at River Gallery School, Mondays 9:30 - 12:30, starting March 2, 2020.

Youth For Social Change

8 week art class focused on making public art through 'paste ups' at River Gallery School, starting Tuesdays 5pm-7pm, February 25, 2020.

Library Book Arts Workshops

4 monthly workshops for the general public on Saturdays at the Brooks Memorial Library, TBA

Community Caregivers Program

8 week Meditation and Art Class for community caregivers at River Gallery School, Fridays 9:30-12:30, starting April 10th.


Felting with Jess Weitz

Friday, February 28 from 10-Noon in Main Street Studio


Watercolor with Lynn Zimmerman

Wednesday, March 25 from 10-Noon in Main Street Studio


Collage with Helen Schmidt

Saturday, April 11 from 1-3pm in Back Studio 


Using a Sketchbook with Roxcell Bartholomew

Saturday, May 2 1-3pm in Back Studio


Oil Painting with Cameron Schmitz

Saturday, June 6 from 1-3pm


All these programs are generously supported by The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation, The Ben & Jerry's Foundation and The Anne Slade Frey Fund.


Art for Social Change


Brattleboro Business Underwriting

In addition to finding additional grant support for our new initiative, the school is looking for Brattleboro businesses and individual partners who would be interested in sponsoring one of our Art for Social Change programs over the coming years. And we have many more programs in the development stages! The cost to a business or individual would be between $500 - $1,000 per year depending on the specific class and we would advertise their sponsorship of the program.

Please contact Jess Weitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss supporting our community initatives.



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Senior Outreach Program

In addition, RGS offers an ongoing Outreach Program for Seniors. Faculty member Marilyn Allen offers one class per week at the Brattleboro Senior Center for anyone interested in pursuing the pleasure of oil painting, whether for the first time or resuming an interest from an earlier time in life.

At the Brattleboro Senior Center on Tuesdays from 10am-Noon

Classes begin with an introduction to Sequencing, a technique developed by Ric Campman of the River Gallery School. This approach begins with direct experience of painting with your fingers that encourages fearless and joyful exploration of visual expression. Participants then follow paths that go in many different directions, generating excitement, pleasure and humor among the artists as they share their struggles and results. She also goes once a month to Pine Heights Nursing + Rehabilitation Home.

Ross Smart, RGS faculty member, offers weekly art making to clients at The Gathering Place, and bi-monthly for Bradley House residents. The pleasure of creative work appears to encourage participants to explore and learn in the company of others in a friendly atmosphere.