The Nantucket Arts Council is a non‐profit organization that supports and encourages a collaborative community of the visual, performing and literary arts through education, grants, scholarships and events.

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Nantucket Arts Festival 2016

Nantucket Arts Festival 2016

Nantucket Arts Council’s fall festival for 2016 opens upstairs in Sherburne Hall at the Preservation Institute, 11 Centre Street on Friday, September 30 and closes on Sunday, October 9 of Columbus Day Weekend. This annual celebration spotlights the broad array of arts and culture on Nantucket, with plans in progress for this year’s celebration to include visual, musical, theatrical, literary, and other fine arts along with appreciation of the island’s historical, architectural, and other cultural assets. 

This year, over thirty events are offered by many of our island's cultural institutions including the Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Dreamland, Nantucket Island School of Design, Nantucket Community Music Center, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Nantucket Culinary Institute and a new theater group named "The House That Mac Built."  The Nantucket Arts Council Signature Events are free and include our daily art exhibit “Not Knowing What to Expect: Discovering the Unexpected,” and new addition this year "Family Variety Show Celebrating the Arts," and "Cut Piece" performed by Caitlin Marcoux. 

Participating Visual Artists

Invitation to Artists for Festival Exhibition [PDF]

Artwork Agreement [PDF]

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Membership in Nantucket Arts Council

Your donation of $100 or more ($40 for students and working artists) gives you membership in Nantucket Arts Council including special invitations and free or discounted admission to our annual Nantucket Arts Festival, our Downtown Celebrity Concerts, our occasional Merit Award for arts leadership, our Baroque Concert in August, and events in which we partner with other groups throughout the year. Your support also boosts our leadership of Nantucket Cultural District, which launched in early 2016. For more information about member benefits, call us at 508-325-8588.

Become a member or donate here.

Nantucket Cultural District Tours

Take a walking tour of our newly designated Nantultucket Cultural District during the Nantucket Arts FestivalA tour guide will meet daily at 10:00 a.m. outside the Visitors Center (September 31 - October 9).  Explore our cultural assets of the Nantucket community.

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community arts events

Sunday March 12, 2017

Downtown Celebrity Series: BARBERSHOP QUARTETS ~ Time Piece Quartet & Downtown Crossing Quartet

Join us for the winners of the New England District Championships 2013 and 2014 in Barbershop Quartet Singing.  

Friday March 31, 2017

Junior Artists #2 Annual Exhibition Middle / High School age students Opening Reception

Junior Artists #2 Annual Exhibition, Middle / High School age students 

Opening Reception:Friday, March 31, 5-7 pm, Schultz Awards presented at 6 pm

The Lloyd Schultz Awards for art excellence from grades 9-12 are presented in partnership with the Nantucket Arts Council.

Gallery Hours @ 19 Washington Street: 11-5 pm, April 1, 3 through 8

Sunday April 09, 2017

Downtown Celebrity Series: BAROQUE TO JAZZ ~ Julian Milkis, clarinet and Sima Kustanovich, piano

Join us for a concert spanning music from the Baroque to Jazz with Benny Goodman's only student and Julliard graduate Julian Milkis and pianist Sima Kustanovich.

Sunday May 14, 2017

Downtown Celebrity Series: SMOOTH JAZZ ~ North Star Jazz Ensemble

Join us for a fine evening of jazz. The North Star Jazz Ensemble is built around the silky sound of saxophonist Bruce Abbott supported by the solid rhythm section of Ron Fournier on piano, Marty Ballou on bass and Paul Mason on drums. Their Nantucket concert will include featured vocalist Marcelle Gauvin.

Sunday June 11, 2017

Downtown Celebrity Series: 4 ASTOUNDING HANDS ON ONE PIANO ~ Jennifer Maxwell & Svetlana Belsky

Join us and prepare to be wowed by the the musicianship of these two fabulous pianists.

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how we help

“With the scholarship it’s nice to have validation that as an artist I am on the right track.”

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our partners

We are proud to partner with the following organizations and support the important work they do in the Nantucket arts community: