Welcome to the Children's Art Centre

black and white photograph of the courtyard of the children's art center

The Children’s Art Centre, located at 36 Rutland Street in Boston’s South End, was incorporated in 1914 and became the first public fine arts museum designed exclusively for children. Gradually, the Art Centre became not only a museum but also a gallery and a studio-workshop. The Children’s Art Centre became a neighborhood tradition in the South End and brought fine art and cultural enrichment to children and families, regardless of race, ethnicity or ability to pay. Harlem Renaissance painter Allan Rohan Crite, printmaker Leslie Richmond Simmons, and large-scale mosaicist David Holleman, whose work can be found at Boston's Temple Israel, all were affiliated with the Children’s Art Centre.


The Children’s Art Centre, along with South End House, Hale House, Lincoln House and the original Harriet Tubman house, merged in 1960 to become United South End Settlements.

black and white photograph of students in the art center

black and white photograph of art center students examining an exhibit

black and white photograph of life drawing student with kitten

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