The center was established in a former mechanics garage where it put on its first theatre productions in 1996, delighting audiences with Hamlet, Macbeth, Terra Nova, and more. That structure burned to the ground in 2000. The Cotuit Center was rebuilt at a new location on Route 28, and reopened in 2004. The two acres
campus has grown to now include a black box theatre, gallery, ceramics studio, and workshop space, welcoming 35,000 visitors annually. A multi-year expansion plan hopes to add an education village, new box office, expanded gallery, green spaces, a 400-seat theatre and more!
Those who would like to support this important organization in a challenging time should consider becoming a member or contributing. Ticket sales cover only half of the Center’s financial need, and they depend on the generosity of donors to continue to offer free programming, and to continue operating as such an important community resource.
The Cotuit Center is a cultural hub serving Cape Cod and beyond. They provide free and paid programming in their gallery, theatre, black box theatre, and plentiful classrooms. Their calendar is full, with an average week including 120 hours of programming in their ten locations on campus and now online. Each year the center puts on an average of 8 Mainstage theatre productions, 11 Blackbox shows, 40 or more class offerings, 12 gallery installations, and 41 special programs including concerts, student collaborations, festivals, talent shows, craft fairs and magic shows! The place is abuzz with activity and creativity!
They also have programming directed at local populations of disabled teens and adults, and incarcerated youth. All their programs are supported by an army of over 400 dedicated volunteers.
With the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cotuit Center for the Arts moved many of their educational classes online and are now running a mix of online and on-campus activities.
Upcoming events include ceramics, book discussion groups, photography classes, zoom ukulele lessons, kids after school arts and multiple painting and drawing classes. Don’t think of yourself as an artist? Consider ‘Sketching for Scardey Cats’, or ‘Watercolor for Scardey Cats’ a non-threatening introduction to the forms for true beginners.
Learn how to set up and run your own Esty shop from an expert or dive into furniture painting, metalsmithing, printmaking and more!
Ongoing and recurring classes include Drumming through Trauma, Coffee and Painting, Writing Exercises for Women, and private art, metalsmithing and yoga instruction.
Hours: Gallery Wed-Sat 10-4 or by appt.
Admission: Classes range in price, some events and exhibits are free!
COVID: Masks and social distancing measures are in place, and they have developed a special plan for singing safely in the era of the coronavirus.
Tips on Getting there: Look for the ART ART ART sign on Route 28.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts is a joyful and welcoming hub for artists, students, performers, and visitors of all sorts. Founded in 1993, they aim to make art on Cape Cod welcoming, accessible, nurturing, and thrilling to all!