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Rockport Art Association, Rockport
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The Rockport Art Association is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Associ-

ation has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 90 years. Each year the RAA welcomes thousands

of visitors from all over the world.

In 1921, a small group of artists attracted by the beauty and hospitality of Rockport, founded the Rockport Art

Association in the studio of the late Aldro T. Hibbard, NA. The RAA was established as an artist cooperative

and social gathering place for artists and art lovers. On July 12, 1929 the Rockport Art Association found its

permanent home at The Old Tavern building, 12 Main Street. Built in 1787, the building was originally a sea

captain’s house and over the years it has also been an inn, a tavern and a stage coach stop. The Maddocks barn

gallery also dates back to the mid-1700s and its history is reflected in the old wooden beams and sliding barn

door.

The RAA continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding, the Associa-

tion has steadily increased in size and currently includes approximately 250 artist & photography members

(selected through a jury process), and 800 contributing members.

By promoting year-round programs of classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach,

as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA remains dedicated to its mission of making fine art appre-

ciation accessible to all.
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  • We have found that seeking out the local ARTS Center has enhanced our explorations around NEW ENGLAND. When planning your visit to NE, check for a locally supported ART CENTER, where the work of Artis...  more »
  • Amidst the quaint and lovely shops and galleries along Main Street, the Rockport Art Association and Museum showcases art from their permanent collections, as well as rotating exhibits of featured art...  more »
  • Very friendly staff and an inviting environment within which to enjoy the wide variety of art on display. The facility is clean, bright and comfortable; well done! 
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  • Caleb Stone is a gifted artist and instructor
  • Great place to start learning what the local artist community has to offer.