The CCA is Chelmsford’s own public visual and performing arts center. Besides the patrons from all over the Merrimack Valley who attend performances, we are primarily the home to our Resident Arts Organizations: the Chelmsford Art Society, the organization that sponsors the beloved annual 4th of July Art Show; the Chelmsford Community Concert Band and the Chelmsford Jazz Band, whose volunteer musicians give free concerts every summer on the Common; Illumination Opera, which presents fully staged operas and cabaret performances at the CCA; and Toastmasters, the public speaking organization open to all. In addition, we present exhibitions in our own gallery of the work of local artists throughout the year. The CCA has also served almost 2000 children through our partnership with Applause Academy, a non-profit children’s music theatre organization.
Due to the pandemic, we have lost our income from ticket sales, rehearsal rentals, class rentals, gallery gift shop sales, and private rentals; but there are ongoing costs to running the building and keeping the CCA alive until we can fully re-open again. Without the exhibition and rehearsal space, more than 150 community artists and performers who bring art and music to our town have no home. So…
…What do we ask of our Chelmsford community? We just celebrated our 10th Anniversary in November and we ask every Chelmsford household to contribute $10 to help Chelmsford’s public arts center (the ONLY public arts center in the Commonwealth) survive the pandemic. You may, of course, donate any amount, but $10 a household will assure the CCA will continue and be able to open as soon as possible.
We are working on presenting outdoor performances, live streamed and recorded performances from our auditorium, and outdoor exhibitions. Show your support of the arts in our town by donating today. Just click HERE THANK YOU for keeping the arts alive in Chelmsford.