Hopkinton Center for the Arts Awarded $180K Grant for Renovations

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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 HCA 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 HCA 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. Under
one roof, we celebrate art through classes and events in visual art, theater, music, dance,
ceramics, writing, and film.

The HCA 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 HCA 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.