HOPKINTON – The MassDevelopment Board of Directors has approved an $180,000 grant, contingent upon matching funds, for the Hopkinton Center
for the Arts (HCA), which will support the renovation and restoration of the historic late 19th-century Terry Farmhouse at 98 Hayden Rowe Street.
Updates will include extensive exterior and interior renovations that will not only improve the safety of the space, but will allow the the Center to meet a growing demand for classes and program offerings.
Currently the space sees more than 180 students come through every week for pottery classes and private music and voice lessons. In addition, the the Center has been approved for a Systems Replacement Plan (SRP) grant in the amount of $7,000.
The grants are drawn from the Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), a state program that provides capital and planning grants to nonprofits, colleges, and communities that own or operate facilities primarily focused on the arts, humanities, and sciences. CFF awards invest in the acquisition, design, repair, renovation, expansion, and construction of nonprofit and municipal cultural facilities.
“MCC has always been an important program in support of the arts, and their contributions to communities across the Commonwealth promote a great variety of cultural programming,” said state Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) “I hope you’ll check out the HCA website and discover all of the wonderful classes and events they have to offer.”
Serving individuals of all ages, cultures, and artistic abilities across the MetroWest region, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts develops artistic skills, offers outstanding performances and exhibitions, and enables visitors to experience art in all forms. Underone roof, the Center celebrates art through classes and events in visual art, theater, music, dance, ceramics, writing, and film.
The Hopkinton Center for the Arts annually offers over 200 classes to more than 1,000 students, from preschool to seniors, drawn from more than 100 neighboring cities and towns.
In 2015 the Center opened its new arts center, with newly renovated classrooms, a 200-seat performance space, and
gallery spaces. The Delbridge Family Performance Space and the Lotvin Family Gallery annually present dozens of productions and exhibitions.
Photos by Dayle Doherty and Lynne Damianos Photography.