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Reimagine 2021

Reimagine 2021

Reimagine 2021

Reimagine 2021

After being shuttered for nearly twenty months, the Mosesian Center for the Arts reopened its doors for events and exhibitions on Friday, November 12!

 

It’s been a year and a half of upending change for all arts organizations and so many others, and MCA has embraced the opportunity for more change. We’ve reimagined the look and functionality of our building itself, and we’re excited to finally welcome visitors back.

 

Originally closing for the COVID pandemic, the arts center took advantage of the shutdown to redesign several spaces. Beginning with a feasibility study in the summer of 2020, work with architects and designers at Sasaki produced floorplans and designs for a major renovation of the entrance, lobby, and other public and administrative areas.

 

In addition to increasing useable square footage and improving building security, public health, and visitor experience, the new lobby design connects a modern artistic vision with the building’s industrial past as a military manufacturing shop. The design team wanted to acknowledge the building’s history, which we’ve done with gunmetal finishes, reclaimed wood, and industrial ceilings and floors. The new space is also very contemporary, with a sleek and minimalist design that will allow visitors to focus their attention on the art on gallery walls.

 

The first performances in the newly-designed arts center will be a Watertown Children’s Theatre production of Mamma Mia! on November 12, 13, and 14. This jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA will feature actors in grades 6 through 12. This production begins what will be a season full of new events and exhibitions at Mosesian Arts.

 

Our annual Members’ Exhibition, which features the artwork of the MCA community, will open on November 17 and run through January. An opening reception will be held in December.

 

On November 18, Multiverse Concert Series will present their latest album by composer Dr. David Ibbett. This release tour of Octave of Light fuses classical music with EDM and the science of exoplanets. Too small to be seen directly, most exoplanets are detected as shadows across their parent star. By analyzing these shadows, David has sonified (turned data and light to sound) their spectra into a musical language of molecules and exoplanets. The concert features soprano Beth Sterling, violinist Sophie Wang, and the composer on piano and electronics. Dr. Ryan Cloutier of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Natalia Guerrero of the University of Florida will be special guests.

 

On November 20, The Ivy League of Comedy will bring Joe DeVito, Liz Miele, and Shaun Eli to Mosesian Arts. Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, pop culture, or current events, Joe DeVito's dead-on timing, unexpected twists, and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite for television appearances and clubs across the country. Liz Miele started doing stand-up at age 16 in New York City. She’s created several viral videos, has three albums on Spotify and iTunes, and regularly tours internationally. Host and comedian Shaun Eli has been called one of America's smartest comics. Whether it's a story about dining with a vegetarian or successfully fighting a parking ticket, this master storyteller proves that there's hilarity in the ordinary if you approach life with a comedic warp.

 

On December 3 and 4, the holiday season begins with A Christmas Carol as you’ve never seen it before—with one versatile actor playing over thirty roles! Talented national voiceover artist Dick Terhune brings to life Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and of course, that crotchety old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge!

 

On December 11, The Ivy League of Comedy returns with comedian Ophira Eisenberg. Eisenberg has performed on The Late Late Show, Comedy Central, VH-1, The Today Show, TV Guide Channel’s Standup In Stilettos, Fox, E!, CNN, Oxygen Network, and the AXS Network. She was also the host of NPR's weekly trivia comedy show Ask Me Another and is a frequent host of The Moth. Her debut memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy has been optioned for a feature film.

 

To officially celebrate the reopening, Mosesian Arts has scheduled several events in early December. On December 2, a private event will include performances by pianist Asako Nagashima and poet Regie Gibson. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, December 4 and 5, the public will be invited to register for guided tours of the new lobby, galleries, and classrooms.

 

Also in December, the young actors of Watertown Children’s Theatre return with an original musical, Under the Sea, and The Phantom Tollbooth, based on the classic book.

 

Joining several other performance venues in the Boston area, the Mosesian Center for the Arts will require visitors age 12 and over to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or to show proof of a recent negative test. A complete list of current COVID safety policies is on the MCA website.

 

With such a great variety—and a new lobby and galleries to see—we hope you'll return to MCA and join us for one (or more) of these exciting events!

 

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JOIN THE REIMAGINE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Through the generosity of our supporters, we have come such a long way toward reimagining MCA 2021. During our building’s closure since March 2020, MCA’s Facility Committee has been hard at work making this project come to life. With construction underway in Building 312, we have launched our Reimagine 2021 Capital Campaign. Help us raise the last $300,000 to Reimagine MCA 2021! Read more about the Capital Campaign and click here to donate.

 

Rendering of MCA | Exterior
Rendering of MCA | Exterior

 

Rendering of MCA | Entrance, First Floor
Rendering of MCA | Entrance, First Floor

 

Rendering of MCA | Bar, First Floor
Rendering of MCA | Bar, First Floor

 

Rendering of MCA | Second Floor
Rendering of MCA | Second Floor

 

Floor Plan | First Floor
Floor Plan | First Floor

 

Floor Plan | Second Floor
Floor Plan | Second Floor