Upcoming Events

Frederick Moyer

Frederick Moyer Piano Recital

July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 PM
We are thrilled to bring back Frederick Moyer after his wonderful recital (and the debut of our Stainway) last year. Moyer is equally at home with Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Schoenberg as well as Ellington…
Don Pasquale

Berkshire Opera Festival

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how a fully-staged opera is brought to life? Have you wondered if opera was something you'd enjoy? Berkshire Opera Festival co-founders Brian Garman and Jonathon Loy will answer all your…

Marguerite “Marge” Bride — Opening Reception, Sat, Aug 3rd

August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 PM
Free opening reception Saturday, August 3rd, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until August 31, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist's Statement:…

FREE Family Movie Night

August 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 PM
It’s Friday night at the movies at the Arts Center.  This month’s selection for the whole family  is "The Empire Strikes Back" The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V –…

Bill Cohn on “Combating the Enemy Within”

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 PM
Early in the Depression, on February 2, 1931, Silas H. Strawn, Chairman of the United States Chamber of Commerce, warned,  “in a condition of this kind, the thing to be feared most is fear…

Children’s Book Author Jana Laiz Reads from Recent Books and Talks about Being “A Writer with a Purpose”

August 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 PM
Jana Laiz, writer in residence at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, will read from and talk about recent books such as Blanket of Stars and Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The Story of Herman Melville, as…
By Claudia D'Allessandro

Claudia D’Alessandro “The Nature of Things” — Opening Reception. Show runs through September 28

September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 PM
Free opening reception Saturday, September 7th 2:00-4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until September 28, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist’s Statement: All around…

Film: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 PM
Join us for this Academy Award - winning classic (Best Foreign Language Film, 1971), setting the context for historian Robert Maryks’ talk the next day, which will include correspondence from the Finzi-Continis. Amid the…

Fascism and Racial Laws in Mussolini’s Italy

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 PM
In his talk and slide presentation, historian and part-time Sandisfield resident Dr. Robert A. Maryks will tell a story of the impact of the racial laws on the Jews (and those who were considered…

Wanda Houston Band: ’40’s, ’50’s, & ’60’s R&B and Jazz

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 PM
The Wanda Houston Band features the incomparable vocalist Wanda Houston accompanied by three virtuoso and diverse musicians specializing in unique interpretations of American Music. The band’s repertoire includes selections from the great American Songbook,…

Recent Post

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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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!