Annual Appeal 2020

Dear MCA Community,

Unprecedented. Challenging. Difficult.

These words have been used repeatedly to describe the past year for so many of us. When a global pandemic reached our country late last winter, programming at the Mosesian Center for the Arts came to an abrupt halt—cancelled performances, cancelled exhibits, cancelled classes and events, and cancelled opportunities to participate in and enjoy live arts experiences. Since that time, we’ve had to reduce the MCA staff and deeply cut the budget, and we still have no certain date for reopening our doors. As a result, many of the numbers included in our Annual Report are reduced up to 50% from the prior year. Yes, we are in need of your support more than ever!

When I came to MCA as new Executive Director three months ago, I joined an organization that was beginning to reimagine what an arts center could provide online—virtual classes, virtual performances, and an increased social media presence. Our Watertown Children’s Theatre premiered an original adaptation of Sleepy Hollow in October, we’re holding performing arts classes online, and we’ve just announced a robust selection of performances for the winter, with more on the way.  And have you seen the new “Spotlight” series on our website and social media?  Here, we celebrate our community and feature some of the amazing talent at MCA. If you’re not following us online already, please do!

Taking on the leadership of an arts organization during this time could have been seen as too challenging, but I see tremendous opportunity. In my interview process, I came to know an arts organization that was strong and passionate; and I’ve grown to know a welcoming community that is deeply dedicated to seeing this arts center thrive. I believe that the arts will be integral to our entire community’s recovery from the challenges of the past year, and I see the MCA as playing an important role in that recovery.

Your support is crucial right now. Your generous donation will help ensure that MCA continues through the coming months and into the years ahead. You’ll be sustaining quality and affordable arts programming with an increasing online presence and plans to resume in person when we can gather safely again. You’ll commit to supporting a positive, inclusive, artistic home where spirits and lives—young and old, of all backgrounds and abilities—change for the better in our community and beyond.

Thank you in advance for your support of our mission, our accomplishments, and our future. I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, safe, and art-full holiday season!


Darren Farrington
Executive Director

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The Mosesian Center for the Arts is dedicated to producing engaging, inclusive, and affordable artistic experiences for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We provide 120,000 visitors annually, from 68 communities in the Greater Boston region, with access to high quality arts and cultural activities, including theatrical productions, concerts, visual and performing arts classes, literary readings, and exhibitions.

Without your support, none of our work would be possible.

Ticket sales, class tuition, and space rentals raise up to 70% of our income—much less this year—and we rely on donations to meet our operating costs and keep our programming affordable. Your support helps us keep our lights on, produce a broad mix of low cost and free programming, and provide families in need with tuition assistance. Thank you.

There are many ways to give to the MCA. Questions? Please contact


MCA General Donation

Your unrestricted gift will go to where it’s needed most, allowing us to continue to provide visual, performing, and literary arts programming that is both accessible and affordable.


WCT Tuition Assistance Fund

The Watertown Children’s Theatre fosters self-discovery, creativity, and confidence by providing children from all backgrounds with the opportunity to develop skills in acting, voice, and movement. Your generous donation will help us provide students in need with tuition assistance for our youth performing arts program.


General Tuition Assistance Fund

Our visual arts classes and workshops inspire students of all ages to participate in the arts by picking up a paintbrush, building with clay, creating collages, and much more. Your generous donation will help us provide students in need with tuition assistance for our visual arts classes.


Michael J. Denneen Legacy Fund

The Michael J. Denneen Legacy Fund at the Mosesian Center for the Arts was established in 2018 in honor of Mike, our beloved and respected Board Chair at the time of his passing. Mike gave back to our artistic community in so many ways. Through this fund his legacy will live on, touching the lives of those who participate and appreciate music at the Center by supporting music programming, including Earfull, and the purchase of related sound equipment – both of which Mike was extremely passionate about. Hans Christian Anderson may have said it best, “Where words fail, music speaks.”