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

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SARC 2020 in Review: Online Workshops, Poetry, Art

For 2020, we'd planned a bang-up celebration season of our 25th anniversary... that, along with so much else, could not happen. Insread, we offered what we could online, fun and informative workshops for photographers and crossword puzzle fans, a film trailer by Jerry Herman for his film, "Our Town [...]

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The Stamp Collection by Val Coleman

Val Coleman, Dear Friend, Author, and Sandisfield Arts Center Stalwart

December 21, 2020

This is just a short post to let our community know the sad news that yesterday morning December 20, 2020, we lost Val Coleman, who died after several days at Fairview Hospital after a fall.

As most of you know, Val was involved with the Arts Center from its beginnings, [...]

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Val in The Stamp Collection

Val Coleman, Playwright: "The Stamp Collection"

Val Coleman was not only a fine poet, writer, speaker, and historian, but also a playwright. In July of 2017 Val Coleman's play "The Stamp Collection" was presented at the Arts Center by The Sandisfield Players, a highlight of the many fine and memorable Players productions.

Here's what Val [...]

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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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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!