Mosesian Center Closing due to Coronavirus, NewRep Performances Impacted

The Mosesian Center for the Arts will close for two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and several events have been postponed or canceled. The closing impacts the performances by the New Repertory Theatre, the Art By Design Mosesian Benefit 2020, the Watertown Children’s Theatre, and classes for adults and children. NewRep Artistic Director Michael Bobbitt said performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be moved to April 25 to May 17, and Thurgood, The Scarlet Letter, and Romeo & Juliet will be rescheduled to a date to be determined. The run of August Wilson’s Fences has been cancelled. Bobbitt said the cancellations and postponements could threaten the theater company’s financial well being.

Mosesian Center Hosting Benefit, Spring Class Registration Open

The Mosesian Center for the Arts will honor a local design firm and a man who helped found the center at its Annual Benefit. Also, you can now register for spring classes. The Mosesian Center for the Arts sent out the following information:

Art By Design: Mosesian Center Annual Benefit

Join us April 7, 2020 for Art by Design: Mosesian Center for the Arts Annual Benefit 2020 – a thought provoking evening exploring the intersection of culture and collaboration featuring exceptional entertainment, great food, wonderful friends, and a celebration of those who have made our community – and our world – more beautiful. This year, we are proud to honor two Mosesian Awardees whose incomparable achievements have resonated in Watertown and around the world:

Sasaki – 2020 Mosesian Award for the Arts

Sasaki, a global interdisciplinary design firm based in Watertown, infuses all of their projects with an innovative approach, boundless curiosity, and passion for what they do. Sasaki has received over 800 national and international design awards recognizing their indelible impact.

Latest Episode of Inside Watertown Focuses on Theater in Watertown

Special guests Michael Bobbitt (second from right) from New Repertory Theatre and the Mosesian Ceter for the Arts’ Roberta Miller were featured on “Inside Watertown.” They joined co-hosts Bob Airasian, left, and Charlie Breitrose. Two people who have helped bring theater productions to Watertown were featured on the most recent episode of Watertown Cable’s Inside Watertown. New Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Michael Bobbitt and Roberta Miller, executive director of the Mosesian Center of the Arts, joined co-hosts Charlie Breitrose and Bob Airasian for the show, which is now airing on Watertown Cable. Bobbitt, who recently joined New Rep, spoke about his role and the play he is directing, Oliver!, which will be at the Mosesian Center for the Arts through Dec.

Upstage Lung Cancer Presenting Musical Tribute to Disney in Watertown

Members of the cast of A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney (L to R) Paula Markowicz, Michael Hammond, Hildy Grossman, Brian De Lorenzo and Candy O’Terry, image by David Fox. The following announcement was provided by Upstage Lung Cancer:

Kicking off its 11th year utilizing the performing arts to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer, Upstage Lung Cancer (ULC) presents a one-night-only cabaret concert, A Musical Tribute To Walt Disney: When you Wish Upon A Star, on Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.  The event is open to the public, a pre-concert silent auction begins at 6 pm. Presented in partnership with the LUNGevity Foundation, all proceeds from the performance support the cause of early lung cancer detection research. 

A high-spirited evening of music making and storytelling, A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney honors the imaginative genius who brought all of the joys and fantasies of childhood to life. In 1966, at the age of 65, Walt Disney died of lung cancer. In that year and the many that have followed, millions have watched a Disney movie or the Walt Disney television show, visited Disneyland or Walt Disney World and have brought this icon’s life work into their homes. Few creative individuals have made such a long-lasting and indelible mark on American life and culture.

Mosesian Center for the Arts Hosting Fall for the Arts Open House

The following information was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites you to our Youth Visual Arts & Watertown Children’s Theatre Open House Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.! Join us for 2D and 3D visual arts activities, sculpture, a music and movement workshop, and more! Learn about all of our Fall, Winter, and School Vacation educational offerings, and check out our fabulous Members Show Exhibition! 

This event is FREE and fun for kids of all ages. Click here for more information.

Free Family Arts Day at Mosesian Center for the Arts

The following information was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites you to Arts For All Festival 2019 happening this Saturday! This free, family-friendly, drop-in open house takes place June 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown and offers visual and performing arts workshops, kid friendly activities, Steam Roller Printing, performances by Drumatix, Keytar Bear, and more! 

Artists of all ages and abilities can explore the senses with a variety of arts activities like Sound Inspired Art, Nature in Watercolor, Musical Story Corner, and Air Dry Clay Sculpting. The event will once again feature The Steamroller Printing Project where professional printmakers ink up carved plates then roll over them with an industrial steamroller from the Watertown DPW yard to create relief print masterpieces! Rhythm and dance group DrumatiX will share their blend of dance and drumming using tap dance, everyday objects, large drums/barrels, body percussion, technology and tons of humor on the Mosesian MainStage! And Boston’s most beloved busker Keytar Bear will rock some tunes on the green from 11am to 1pm.

Mosesian Center Hosting ‘Arts for All’ Benefit

The Mosesian Center provided the following information:

The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the details of its annual fundraising event happening on Thursday, May 23, 2019. ARTS FOR ALL: Mosesian Center Benefit 2019 promises to be a remarkable evening to highlight the importance of Accessibility in the Arts. The event will feature compelling stories of transformation, exceptional entertainment, both visual and tactile art for all to experience, and the celebration of some very special people. This year, the Center is proud to honor three Mosesian Awardees who encourage us all to experience the arts, each other, and the world, in new and unexpected ways:

• Jon Sarkin – 2019 Mosesian Award for the Arts An acclaimed self-taught artist living in Gloucester, MA. The neurological effects of a stroke in 1989 led him to be wildly prolific.

Meet the Artists, Network at Regional Chamber’s Free Event in Watertown

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will host a free event at the Mosesian Center for the Arts where attendees can meet the artists who created works for the exhibition. The Newton-Needham Chamber provided the following information:

After Hours at the Mosesian Center for the ArtsFriday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, WatertownFree to members and nonmembers

Come to see 100 works created by artists from Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Dedham, and Watertown at a reception at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. Mingle with the artists at the juried event, titled the Five Stars Regional Exhibit, and ask them about their work. Hosted by the art associations of the five cities, the reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs April 4-May 10.