Did you know the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston puts on free children's theater and music classes and camps? They even have inclusion camps for special needs kids. The Courthouse Chimes Chorus performs at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as at events all around the county; open rehearsal is every Saturday morning. Courthouse Arthur Murray Dance Classes are every Wednesday evening. Drum lessons are available. All this in addition to theatrical performances, concerts with local and national talents and ongoing art gallery shows.
Thank you to executive director Mariann Almonte for sharing her passion with us at our meeting Tuesday night.
The nonprofit is located in the 19th century former Kingston Courthouse, a large, granite-block building just west of the University of Rhode Island, which the organization purchased from the state for $1and the promise that it will remain a community arts center in perpetuity. The first floor holds rooms for events, classes and art showings, while the second floor performance space has variable seating to allow for traditional theater seating, theater-in-the-round, cafe seating or whatever the event calls for.
For more information, visit courthousearts.org.