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Center for Arts in Natick, Walnut Hill School form partnership

Posted by John Swinconeck  May 28, 2013 02:19 PM

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The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) and Walnut Hill School for the Arts have formed a new collaborative, according to a statement released by the two organizations.

The agreement allows the two organizations to share resources, facilities, and expertise. The goal is for each organization to advance its mission and enhance the Natick Center Cultural District, while also creating long-term sustainability for each organization. The two organizations stated that, by working together, they will help establish MetroWest as one of the leading communities of arts and culture in Massachusetts.

Details about the collaborative were presented at TCAN’s annual meeting May 22 by TCAN’s Executive Director David Lavalley and Walnut Hill’s Head of School, Antonio Viva.

“TCAN and Walnut Hill have successfully collaborated on an ad hoc basis for over 10 years, and I’m thrilled at this opportunity to more fully explore the possibilities for future collaboration,” said Viva in a statement. “It’s clear that the future of arts organizations like ours will rely on the ability to break down silos, collaborate effectively, share resources and expertise, and fundraise together. We hope that by joining forces towards some of these initiatives, together we can play a small role in building a new model for long term sustainability for arts organizations.”

The collaborative's future plans include: Expansion of children’s programming and teen theater workshops; Creation of a master class series based on the booking schedule of visiting artists; and developing an intern program at TCAN for Walnut Hill students.

Both organizations have plans for major expansion and construction. Walnut Hill plans to add performing space on campus while TCAN plans to renovate its second floor to create a multipurpose cinema/performance stage.

“The designation of Natick Center as a cultural district provides an impetus for TCAN and Walnut Hill to elevate and expand our long-standing relationship,” said Lavalley. “We believe the ability of both arts organizations to deliver our respective missions will be enhanced by this partnership, with the entire region as the beneficiary.”

TCAN is a performing arts venue with over 20,000 ticketed patrons each year. TCAN’s concert series has featured performances by Peter Wolf, Judy Collins, Joan Osborne, Don McLean, Dave Mason, Lori McKenna, Paula Cole, and hundreds of other national and local touring artists.

About Walnut Hill School for the Arts combines training of young artists in dance, music, theater, visual art, and creative writing.

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