When Turners Falls asked the community what to do with the Shea Theater, a group of us imagined a place that would serve all of us — artists, families, students, elders, youth, businesses, and nonprofits — who make our homes in Franklin County. The Shea Theater Arts Center is Franklin County's only publicly owned performing arts center. This premier space is the gem of Montague and the economic engine for the town's revitlization.
Now, we have a rare opportunity to create something amazing: an arts center and community space for the 21st century. A place for those who have been here for generations and those just arriving.
Franklin County has an exceptional community college, a new generation investing in social entrepreneurship and the local food economy, a blossoming arts scene, and a strong sense of community. A publicly owned, non-profit theatrical performance space will enhance all these efforts, making our community an even better place to live and visit.
With 330 seats, the Shea is the perfect venue to encourage the growing local arts scene. 25 years after its initial renovation, the Shea Theater Arts Center (STAC) will realize the original vision of providing a dynamic center for performing arts.
STAC will offer diverse, creative programming – from punk rock to poetry slams – supported by energetic marketing, strong operational and fiscal management, and a commitment to inclusive community engagement.
Join us in ensuring that the Shea becomes a vital asset, making our community stronger for all of us.
“We are excited about the possibilities for our music, theatre and dance students to showcase their talents. We are especially appreciative of the efforts to open the doors to the arts and culture for all. The creative economy is alive and well in franklin county!” - Bob Pura, President GCC
“I am very excited about the new leadership and energy that will guide the Shea Theater to a more prominent place in the arts and culture scene of Turner Falls and the entire Valley. It is a special venue, which deserves our support to make it a more vibrant and sustainable centerpiece of our community’s creative economy.” - Steve Kulik, State Representative
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Special thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for their vital support this year in the form of a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for Organizations, as well as a Festivals & Projects Grant. We'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support in the form of a Flexible Funding grant. We couldn't do this work without you!