The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts opens doors to excite and inspire diverse audiences and artists to create, appreciate, participate and grow through the arts.
Today’s vibrant, multidisciplinary Mosesian Center for the Arts, formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts, is the culmination of a long-time dream and many years of hard work. The driving force behind the effort was a group of citizens who had secured the long-term use of Building 312, an Army arsenal building in Watertown, under the 1998 redevelopment terms, for conversion into an arts center.
The Watertown Arts on the Charles incorporated as a non-profit organization to plan, raise support for, and operate an arts center that would serve Greater Boston. Building 312 was transformed into a modern, well-equipped, multi-use facility that opened its doors in September 2005. The Arsenal’s stunning and unique architectural design now occupies 30,000 square feet of space on three floors. It houses two theaters, classrooms and workshop spaces, artist studios, gallery and exhibit space, rehearsal rooms, and informal gathering places. On July 1, 2013, The Arsenal Center for the Arts and longtime partner Watertown Children’s Theatre took a successful working relationship to the next level with a merger of the two organizations. In September of 2016, the Board of Directors and Membership Charter unanimously voted to rename the center The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts in honor of its major donor family.
The Center offers its own programming consisting of art exhibits, classes and workshops for adults and children, concerts and other staged events, plus literary and art discussions. The Center is also available to rent for corporate meetings, events by other non-profits, performances by other theater companies, and family events such as children’s birthday parties. The Mosesian Center for the Arts is also the proud home of resident theatre company New Repertory Theatre.
Community commitment to the Mosesian Center for the Arts was demonstrated prior to and since opening by the more than $6.5 million dollars donated to the campaign to build the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Early establishment of a membership/donor program and member attendance at off-site programming, prior to the building’s completion, started the momentum. Regional support came from businesses small and large, and numerous individual donors made contributions that were truly meaningful to them. The board and our broad community have given countless hours of volunteer time and effort. The Mosesian Center for the Arts epitomizes a grass roots effort that grew to bear tangible results, demonstrating the community’s enthusiasm and the success that continued commitment can achieve.
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O’Neill Properties Group
Town of Watertown/Watertown Arsenal Development Corporation
Watertown Savings Bank
Boston Scientific Corporation
Newly Wed Foods, Inc.
The Pannesi Family
in memory of Thomas A. Pannesi
Alexandria Real Estate
AMB Property LP
Scott and Nancy Barcelo
The Bilezikian Family Foundation, Inc.
Sasaki Assoiciates, Inc
The Silver Tie Fund
Toyota/Lexus of Watertown
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin,Inc
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Cambridge Savings Bank
Robert A. and Sally W. Collini
Eastern Clothing Company and the Airasian Family
Emily and Jerome Farnsworth
J.C. Cannistraro, Inc
Patricia Larsen Foundation
MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Service, Inc
Roberta Miller and Alan Medville
John Petrowsky and Thomas Vise
in memory of Maude H. Connell
Bob and Missy Shay
Joe and Helen Soussou
Emily Barclay and John Hawes
Jonathan Bockian and Sharon Teitelbaum
Eric Ginsberg Brown and Carol Ginsberg Brown
Dr. William V. Byrne
Century 21 West Realty
Mary H. Coolidge-Engelsted
Thomas and Jillian Darling
John H. Ebert
Barbara Epstein and Scott Hebert
The Fuller Foundation, Inc
Andrea and Gessner Geyer
Sarah C. Doering
Robert A. Jonas and Margaret Bulitt-Jonas
In honor of Marian Graves and Stephen P. Mugar
Marian Grogan and George Fosque
Igor and Ludmilla Ivanovic
Laurie Kahn-Leavitt and Jonathan Leavitt
The Mackin Family
Robert A. and Thomas P. Manzelli Families
The Millipore Foundation
New Repertory Theatre
Deborah and Mark Peterson
Richard and Sally Phelps
The Plante Family
Combined Jewish Philanthropies at the recommendation of Sharon Rich and Nancy Reed
RJC Village Auto Group
Rotary Club of Watertown
S.A.S. Security Systems
Steven P. Savarese and James M. Savas, Century 21 Adams
Jonathan P. Schwartz and Marcella Fischer
Rick Thomson and Judith Wineland
W.T. Phelan & Co and The Ramsey Family
C & K Foundation