United South End Settlements: The Children's Art Centre

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.