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Daniel Manacher, Shwoopy Loops, 2013

Call for Artists - 2024 Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists - Judge announced!

The Sandisfield Arts Center is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists. Up to three artists will be selected as finalists and will each receive $400 in support of their art practice, as well as a group show of their work at the Sandisfield Arts Center in the fall [...]

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Daniel Manacher, Shwoopy Loops, 2013.

About the Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists and the 2022 and 2023 Recipients

The Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists was generously created by Adam Manacher and Carol Birnbaum, the parents of Daniel Manacher, in memory of their son and his passion for art. You can read about Daniel here.

Daniel Manacher’s parents, Carol Birnbaum and Adam Manacher, have described the [...]

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Horn Man photograph by Andre Lambertson, award-winning documentary photographer

Thanks everyone for a terrific 2023 season!

The photograph is Horn Man by award-winning documentary photographer Andre Lambertson. 

As our season ends and we bundle up our building for the winter, we at the Sandisfield Arts Center want to give our thanks for all that you have done to make possible our programs and the continuing [...]

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Barbara Penn

Barbara Penn: Teacher, Zen Sensei, Writer, Board Member, and Friend

I am deeply sorry to share with the Sandisfield Arts Center and wider community the sad news that Barbara Penn, longtime Board member of the Sandisfield Arts Center, passed away in February of this year -- an unexpected turn in what had seemed a very manageable and not life-threatening heart [...]

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Thanks for a Wonderful 2022 Season!

As we reflect on our 2022 season and begin planning for 2023, we are amazed by and so appreciative of what you--our donors, volunteers, and performers, plus the help of the Sandisfield Cultural Council--made possible this season. Many of our programs were offered at no cost, such as the Voices of [...]

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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!