We have exciting news to share!
As you know, nearly one year ago, the Mosesian Center for the Arts closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In that time, we’ve had to reimagine our programming and how we stay visible in the community. We’ve kept our virtual doors open for programs like Watertown Children’s Theatre, providing exceptional online production opportunities and classes, and for free online content, including an Annual Meeting, on our website and social media. The MCA even reimagined itself with a new Executive Director (myself) who joined the arts center last August.
In this year of upending change for the arts and all of our community, we at the MCA have been embracing the opportunity for more change. We’ve been reimagining the look and functionality of our building itself!
Since last summer, we’ve been quietly conducting a feasibility study with architects from Sasaki Associates for a renovation of lobby and gallery spaces, classrooms, and administrative offices. The study was funded in part by Alexandria Real Estate, which purchased the Arsenal on the Charles campus in December 2019. The arts center now has concept designs for opening up the lobby to be better suited to events and exhibits, and for an improved visitor experience. We’ll also have improvements to air circulation, entrances, and bathroom fixtures. What’s most exciting? We may have the opportunity to make these changes as early as this spring and summer.
Given the potential construction schedule, we’re also reimagining how our K-12 summer program for children and teens will look. Hybrid in-person and virtual offerings are likely, with the first in-person programming since March 2020 to be held at a nearby offsite location due to the renovation.
And, we’re also making our annual spring benefit virtual this year, with the theme, of course, of REIMAGINE—to recognize and celebrate that in the past year we’ve reimagined our programming, our physical space, and the organization itself. Video segments will celebrate the history of the 1894 Arsenal building, will feature entertainment from MCA events and performances, and will honor Sasaki Associates, in part with a conversation about the renovation moderated by Jared Bowen, GBH Arts Editor and host of Open Studio. What we’re most excited to share at the event are the concept designs for the new lobby.
We hope all of you will save the date for Friday, May 21, to join us for this event. Watch for more details and announcements coming soon!
Be well and be creative!