Programs and Classes

Tailored for your intellectual and creative mindset. And everything fun in between.

Most retirement communities have an activities director. At Newbury Court, we take it to a much higher level. We have a program director who has her Ph.D. in American History and worked at the Smithsonian. She develops top-caliber cultural and performing arts programming—lectures, classes, musical and theatrical performances and outings—worthy of PBS.

Our program director is able to draw on the rich cultural resources of Boston and New England. The musicians and artists who perform and show their work here are trained and affiliated with such prestigious institutions as the New England Conservatory, the Berklee School of Music, the Longy School of Music, the Copley Society, the Guild of Boston Artists, and even the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

And she collaborates with residents to explore new ideas and experiences.

At Newbury Court, hands-on programs and classes are led by professional artists and musicians. Professional woodworkers, photographers and ceramicists. Scientists, professors and residents accomplished in their fields of expertise.

While we’re home to many talented artists, musicians, writers, historians and organizers—we also have many residents who never knew they had a creative side—until they gave it a try.

Jessie Rodrique - Director of Programs
Woman Playing Drum with Her Hands
Jan and Ted Carvalho - Residents

Meet Jan and Ted Carvalho

Jan and Ted Carvalho have long shared a love for building things—a loving family, their own timber-framed house and strong community relationships, just to name a few. Today at Newbury Court, they’re helping to shape our community through a special gift from Ted; his pottery studio.

The Carvalhos have many fascinating stories to tell. And they’d love to hear yours.

Building a Ceramic Mug

Pottery and Ceramics Studio

Donated by one of our residents, the professional pottery and ceramics studio is always a beehive of enthusiastic activity. Complete with two kilns, pottery wheels and practically every tool you could ever need, it offers a variety of lively, hands-on classes, workshops and projects taught by professional ceramicists.

The pottery studio is where people gather to learn a new skill, expand their creativity, have fun and join in volunteer projects to benefit the community at large or to beautify their own.

Art Classes and Exhibitions

Whether you’ve never held a paintbrush in your hand or you’re an expert behind the camera lens, we offer creative art classes for all levels—drawing, watercolors and acrylics, photography and more. And our beautiful art studio is flooded with natural light and inspiring views of the Sudbury River.

While resident artwork is tastefully displayed throughout the community, we also have two spacious, professionally lit art galleries. Exhibitions featuring both resident and professional artists, including the New England Sculptors Association, are held throughout the year. Each opening is kicked off by a wine and cheese gala, which is open to the public and very popular.

Additional Programs, Classes, Events and Amenities

Below is a small sampling of other enriching programs

  • Professional woodworking shop
  • Live theatrical, symphonic, opera, piano, jazz and swing performances
  • Hand percussion and drum circle classes
  • Great Courses Lecture Series
  • Lectures from poets, historians, writers, scientists and other fascinating speakers
  • Creative writing classes
  • Community chorus and vocal groups
  • Diversity and Inclusion group
  • Climate Initiative Group
  • Book and discussion groups
  • Outings to an array of cultural and performing arts events and historical landmarks
  • Needle and chat, knit and chat and beading groups

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