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Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts

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About the Center

The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts is a state-of-the art facility located on a sloping site overlooking the ponds on the main campus. The center supports a variety of arts studies and performance venues with facilities that include:

  • Rose Performance Hall: A 250-seat performance hall with professional quality acoustics
  • Tia's Theater: A 100-seat black box theater for drama, dance, technical theater workshops, and performances
  • The Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, a museum-quality art gallery for visiting art exhibits, gallery talks, and community shows
  • Bilodeau Lounge/Student art gallery
  • Student and faculty lounges with facilities for public receptions
  • Environmentally friendly building design with a green-roof patio

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Part of the Arts Community

The Manninen Center for the Arts is proud to be part of the North Shore and Boston arts communities. We have developed reciprocal relationships with many significant cultural arts organizations, including:

  • AIGA Boston
  • Beverly Main Streets/Beverly Arts Fest
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Children’s Theatre
  • Express Yourself, Inc.
  • North Shore Education Consortium
  • North Shore Music Theatre
  • Symphony by the Sea
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Call to Artists

We are currently seeking artists who would like to propose an exhibition in one of our galleries. Please contact Kathleen Moore at or call 978-232-2655 for submission proposal guidelines.