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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Centers, Theater, Visual Arts

Mission: MMAS is to foster the arts in southeastern Massachusetts and to proved a home for them In our community. MMAS provides a platform from which fine and performing artists may hone their skills through presentation and continuing education. MMAS host the annual Southern Mass Arts Festival each September at which artists from all over New England have the opportunity to make their works known to the public. MMAS is the home of the Black Box Theater that has a season of eight and ten theatrical productions staged every season, offering local playwrights the chance to have their works performed, and giving area actors, dancers and singers the ability to exercise their talents on our stages. By offering fine and performing arts education to regional children, teens, adults and seniors, MMAS reaches across generational lines to provide a safe environment in which all may explore their talents.

Results: We recently renovated our theater space and increased our seating from 50 to 80 seats. The renovation also added educational studios, a new art gallery, and a wonderful lobby. MMAS is looking to raise funds to purchase the building and protect this asset for the arts community.

Geographic areas served: Southeastern Massachusetts

Programs: 80-seat MMAS Black Box Theater (8 - 10 productions per year)Annual Southern Mass. Arts FestivalSummer and after-school arts educational programming for childrenArts educational programming for children, teens, adults and seniorsMMAS BackStage Concert Series. The Morini Gallery exhibitsthe works local artists of all abilities and provides opportunities to aritst to exhibit and sell works.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my boys were 7 & 9, they were conscripted into a school play by their teacher. My youngest was a bit shy and cried at the thought. But both agreed to give it a try. After one rehearsal, they were hooked. They tried out for every school play all the way through high school -- happily working backstage when not cast.
Today both are ministers, and they credit their theater experience for helping them in their chosen profession. They have self confidence, amazing memorization skills, great stage presence and empathy for others. One of them -- a hospice chaplain -- takes his guitar everywhere, integrating a music therapy program into his work.
There is no doubt that being a part of the theater greatly impacted their lives and how they help meet the needs of those they serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am consistently amazed at how professional the productions at MMAS are. Last week's Streetcar Named Desire was wonderful, as pretty much EVERY show I've ever seen there has been. The space is lovely, with a wonderful artists' gallery serving as the lobby of the theatre; it's really nice to be able to look at the fantastic art before and after the show and during intermission. The theatre seats are comfortable, and there's not a bad seat in the house. Parking is easy; the whole experience is perfect. What a gem!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MMAS is a wonderful intimate space where every seat is a great seat. The lobby hosts a collection of local art providing a great space for mingling during intermission. The staff is welcoming and eager to share information about the the production and the theater. The production I attended was well cast and the actors quickly had everyone involved in the story.

All in all, this theater is a true gem for Mansfield and the surrounding area!

Meeshelle M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MMAS offers local talent a place to meet with others who share their values of entertaining the public with laughter, drama, music, comedy, artistic ability, and more. The 80-seat black box theater offers the audience a unique experience by letting them feel "in on the action". The new art gallery is a wonderful addition to the theater and the adjoining classroom allows practice time and meetings to be held even while performances are going on in the main space. In my 6 years of involvement with the group, I have seen people come from miles around (literally) to join in the fun. I highly recommend this group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful theatre in an intimate setting. The gallery features local artists, all of whom are so talented! So many excellent programs that appeal to everyone in the community. We are lucky to be home to this little gem!

Jennifer M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"Streetcar Named Desire" was just amazing! Dawn Tucker blew my socks off with her portrayal of Blanche DuBois. It was wonderful to see such a powerhouse performance up close in the Black Box Theatre. The entire cast was outstanding and the set was incredible. Kudos to Director, Mike Keirnan, for a terrific show.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many years ago my wife and I went to see the play "the Man From La Mancha".It was terrific! A couple weeks ago we went to see it again with the same person doing the lead. As we left I remarked to him it just keeps getting better. Not the performences, they we great the first time,but the sets and staging this time belie the fact that this was done locally. We invited frends of ours that are great thearter goers and also have been involved in regional theater for many years. They were so enthused that they want to return on a regular basis. I yhave long held the belief that the arts are undersupported at all levels and MMAS fills a very important void in this town.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I worked with the Morini Gallery director to coordinate a first time abstract show. The response was fabulous; over 73 pieces of quality artwork were submitted. He curated and hung the works with style and respect for this eclectic body of work. The response from theatre goers viewing the works at intermission was extremely supportive, the opening reception well attended and the sale of artwork was active.

The theatre is a wonderful community resource and inclusion of the Morini Gallery adds richness to the theatergoing experience. Kudos to all for their enthusiasm and efforts to promote the arts in the broadest sense.

Dennis T.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great place! The theater is a fabulous setting with a maximum of about 75 seats - you're always close to the show. In fact, you're so close that you sometimes feel you're in the show. The performers do a great job and the scenes are very professionally done. Everything from musicals to one-man shows, they have it all. We've been attending every show for years and have yet to do disappointed. Our dollars fund a great source of entertainment. If you've never been, drop by. Once you go, you'll be hooked :).

In addition to putting on great performances, the group sponsors students in the performing arts. This is a place where your dollars make a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MMAS is a wonderful community arts organization. I have participated in their events since the beginning and have been extremely impressed as it has grown from a home-based group to a well-organized community institution. It supports the visual arts through exhibitions and an arts festival and as the location for the town Art Association. The plays presented in the black box theater are of professional quality. The group also provides classes and scholarships.
I have participated as an exhibiting artist, a member of the audience, and as a member. Mansfield is so fortunate to have such a source of entertainment and education.