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Mr. Wonka and Charlie

Sandisfield Arts Center 2019 in Review: Charlie, Community, Culture, and Celebrations

Adapted from an article in the December 2019 Sandisfield Times. Support the Times! https://www.sandisfieldtimes.org/

by Hilde Weisert

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was the hands-down (applause up!) highlight of the 2019 season at the Arts Center, and, in its pure theatrical magic, [...]

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Today's Poets in Conversation with the Masters

“A large number of the poems I most admire and which seem to be most original are talking back to other poets of other ages.”
—Richard Wilbur

On September 28, 2019 the Sandisfield Arts Center presented "Today's Poets in Conversation with the Masters," with poems of masters such as Frost, Auden, [...]

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The Enigma of Socialism: A Talk by Val Coleman

A talk given by Val Coleman June 13, 2013 at the Sandisfield Arts Center
One in the Coleman/Cohn series of talks on American life and culture
Socialism.   All of my life I have been surrounded, cajoled, nearly drowned by the very idea.   It was and is everywhere.   My three-novenas-a-year [...]

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Welcome to our new website

To the Sandisfield Arts Center community,

As you can see, our website has had a makeover, thanks to the work of our volunteers and support from the Wyomissing Foundation. We hope you'll find it clear and easy to use to do any of the following--

Find out what events and gallery shows are on [...]

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A Story of Poetry: A Talk by Val Coleman, with audio

Talk by Val Coleman at the Sandisfield Arts Center
4 PM Saturday June 11, 2016
One in the Coleman/Cohn series of talks on American life and culture
Audio version of this talk is below, scroll on for the written talk.

 

Sit back.     It’s delicious…..

  (What is poetry??  It is [...]

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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!