The 2020 Onsite Season Is Officially Canceled-Look for Online Live and Recorded Events

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America, the Beautiful, from piano virtuoso and Arts Center friend Fred Moyer

We got this from Fred Moyer recently, and wanted to share it with you. Fred has delighted audiences here in 2018 and 2019, was scheduled as a highlight of our "25 in 2020" celebration season, and will definitely be performing here whenever we resume live in-person performances.

Note the special [...]

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Our 2020 Season: The Best Laid Plans...

Last year we looked back on a wonderful 2019 season in a season recap, Sandisfield Arts Center 2019 in Review: Charlie, Community, Culture, and Celebrations, posted on this site.

This year, the retrospective is now (September), and "retrospective" isn't exactly the right word. Instead, this is a [...]

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Daniel Jacob Manacher, Artist

In July, the world lost a creative, original spirit, Daniel Jacob Manacher.

Daniel and the Manacher-Birnbaum family are longtime and beloved members of the Sandisfield and Sandisfield Arts Center community. The text below is adapted from the August 2020 Sandisfield Times. With this online [...]

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Love Poetry read by Benjamin Luxon

In this strange, disorienting plague year of 2020, Ben Luxon gives us the consolations and constancy of love poetry, read with intelligence and heart.

In the playlist below, you will hear Ben introduce and read these poems:

Sea Fever by John Masefield
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

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Crossword Puzzle Fun with Michelle Arnot - Watch the replay!

Among the many world experts residing in Sandisfield is Michelle Arnot, the Crossword Maven, author of Crossword Puzzles for Dummies and many other books for Acrossionados (a delightful term Michelle has coined).

If you missed her live in-person crossword puzzle workshops at the Sandisfield Arts [...]

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About Us

In 1839, the Sandisfield Arts Center building began an 80+ year run as a Baptist meeting house, followed by another 75 as an Orthodox synagogue (the only known rural Orthodox synagogue on record in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts). In 1995, the building was reborn as a performing arts center.

Since that time, the Sandisfield Arts Center has evolved into a professional non-profit organization recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the National Trust, and the public for our dedication to preserving this historically-important building and rehabilitating it for use as a performing arts center. In 2006, the building was accepted on the National Registry of Historic Places as “The Montville Baptist Church.” Visitors now come from all over Berkshire, Hampden & Litchfield Counties, as well as New York, Boston and Connecticut for our unique, quality performances.

The small-town, grass-roots commitment that gave birth to the Sandisfield Arts Center in 1995 is still present today, as the organization depends almost entirely on volunteers. These dedicated folks meet, administer, clean, bake, paint, host, donate and perform their way through tough economic times, long, cold winters, and all the challenges that small, non-profit arts organizations face on a daily basis. Please see our Volunteer page if you’d like to participate!