Springing into the season

(Abigail Miglorie) Hilde Weisert, left, and Barbara Penn stand in front of the Sandisfield Art Center stage.

Filling in the Sandisfield Arts Center’s missing pieces hasn’t always been easy.

For Hilde Weisert and Barbara Penn, the two co-presidents are looking to preserve the building’s cultural tale by making the center sustainable and accessible for people to come together and shine through performing arts.

On May 18 at 6 p.m., the Sandisfield Arts Center is kicking off the 25th anniversary celebration as a nonprofit venue with a season preview gala, showcasing what is to come this year over an elaborate meal, cocktails and entertainment.

The goal: to keep building up the center and the community, reflecting the history and what the arts center stands for, allowing people to immerse themselves in a rich history while celebrating creativity.

With one major fundraiser a year, Weisert and Penn, two of the four co-presidents that share the chairmanship, are relying on the gala to help fund a new dressing room, office and storage space to make the space more accessible for artists and performers.

The two want to welcome artists and young people to come together and showcase their talent in the innovative and historic space.
“We want to create something sustainable for when we aren’t here anymore,” Weisert said. “We want to get more young people in as Sandisfield ages.”

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