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About Us

Established in 2020, BoP is a 'place-based' learning center where people of all ages come to discuss and explore ideas, art and writing. We are a for-profit enterprise, funded by private and corporate patrons. Our mission is to create gatherings where visitors and residents learn from arguably great artists and writers. Our small barns are rented out to visiting artists and writers who often share their work in readings; teach; and/or present a gallery show in our Reading Room. Located two miles from spectacular beaches, our programs take place in BoP's "Reading Room" a large post and beam red barn that also accommodates an art gallery.

BoP's Reading Room supports Charlestown's Cross Mills Library and Frosty Drew Science Center and the Tomaquag Museum, one of the oldest tribal museums in the country, founded by the late archaeologist Eva Butler and Princess Red Wing of the Narragansett and Wampanoag.

BoP's Reading Room enjoys partnerships with Rhode Island School of Design's Community Partnership Program and University of Rhode Island's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

About Executive Director and Owner, Alexandra Lehmann

For a formal sense of Alexandra's education and experience, please visit her updated profile on LinkedIn.
About our Patrons, Guests, Artists, Writers, Musicians and Visitors
The lure of the Atlantic attracts many great artists, writers, scientists and those interested in the arts and sciences to Charlestown, Rhode Island. Our shores - fresh water ponds or sea - offer inspiration and good living. Those that find themselves attracted to our place and programs are often those who engage their senses in learning and laughing.
Most of us who attend BoP's Reading Room programs agree that "Art & Writing" are great starting points.
Join us! Welcome!!
BoP Art & Writing Center


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