The Hopkinton Center for the Arts
The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) is a visual and performing arts center located within an easy commute of the towns of Ashland, Holliston, Milford, Framingham, Upton, Southborough, Medway, and other nearby MetroWest communities.
The HCA offers classes for youth, teens, and adults in the visual and performing arts. Every year hundreds of students enjoy classes in fine art, dance, music, theater, filmmaking, photography, acting, and creative writing. In addition, students can take private music or art lessons with qualified instructors.
The art galleries at the HCA showcase a variety of exhibits, including juried exhibits, the Young Artists’ show, featured solo artist exhibits, and educational and community projects. Juried exhibits are curated by guest jurors who select pieces from submissions received during our open calls for art.
Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) is the resident theater of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. In addition to providing quality theater education for people of all ages, ESL produces up to 12 productions every year. Each season brings a wide-array of theater options to local MetroWest audiences looking for a great affordable theater experience.
Auditions for ESL’s plays and musicals take place year-round for older teens and adults. ESL also produces popular children’s theater workshops in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.
The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to engaging the greater MetroWest community in the exploration, enjoyment, and support of the arts through our multidisciplinary programming.
We envision an inclusive community that fosters and celebrates the creative spirit in every individual.
The Story Behind the HCA
The Hopkinton Center for the Arts, located at 98 Hayden Rowe St., was once part of a large tract of land that was purchased in 1996 by the Town of Hopkinton. Five local artists petitioned the town to allow them to lease the property to create an art center. The town approved, and the 1.3 acres parcel of land at 98 Hayden Rowe St., which included a farmhouse, barn, and outbuildings was leased to the newly formed Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA). The nonprofit planned to utilize the property for art exhibits, classes, and events.
The CAA, with help from the town of Hopkinton’s Community Preservation Act funds, set out to restore the barn on the property into usable space for classrooms and events. After the organization stabilized the barn, created a new foundation, and configured an outdoor amphitheater, work stalled, as the organization was too small for the fundraising and planning efforts needed to continue work on the property.
In 2010, a local theater group, Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) took up residence on the property. Together, ESL and CAA were able to share resources to the benefit of both. Eventually, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) was formed from the partnership between these two key cultural organizations.
The new Hopkinton Center for the Arts became an official 501 (c)(3) in March 2011. Enter Stage Left Theater became the HCA’s resident theater company.
In 2010, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts was awarded a large pledge of funds towards a capital building campaign from the Hopkinton Community Endowment (HCE), a 501(c)(3) Hopkinton-based organization. Together, the HCA and the HCE have worked together on a capital building campaign to expand the HCA’s facilities.
In 2015, the HCA opened its new arts center, consisting of a newly renovated, two-story barn and a brand new 200-seat performance space. The center houses classes in dance, music, fine arts, theater, photography, and will be home to theatrical and musical performances year-round. In 2016, a new ceramics studio was created in the farmhouse. To donate to this project, go to www.hopartscenter.org/capitalcampaign.