The Media Arts Center, at Roxbury Community College, is a hub for the Arts in our community. Over the years, our 500 seat auditorium has hosted plays, musical performances, dance recitals, public lectures and political debates, community forums, and various types of exhibits. Well-known local artists display their work in the Center’s Joan Resnikoff Gallery for the public to come and enjoy for free. Over the years, students enrolled in RCC's Broadcast Media Technology Program have benefited from the teaching and learning environment of the Center. Also, youth from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and surrounding areas enroll in the College’s Summer Arts Program to gain exposure to the performing arts and to immerse in theatre art--all under the guidance of Boston's best teachers.
The Media Arts Center is almost 30 years old and has all of its original components. The facility has been carefully maintained by the College; however, it has not been renovated to incorporate advances in acoustics, lighting, seating and accessibility. Renovation projects are underway for an extensive interior and exterior makeover to transform the Media Arts Center’s experience for each person.
Thanks to the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), renovations such as new elevators and bathroom facilities, and having the main stage of the auditorium wheelchair accessible, have been funded through this entity. Further, a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) will help to defray a portion of the total cost. The remaining amount needed is being sought by foundations and individuals. We invite you to join us in building a future for the Media Arts Center and to strengthen the Media Arts Center’s ranking among the finest in Boston. Please join us in bringing the theatre into the 21st century!
When the new Media Arts Center is completed, you will not only be able to enjoy a new and updated facility, but one that is considered a preeminent performance theatre. The contemporary Center will house a Museum to honor prominent people of color who have contributed to shaping our arts-based legacy. They will be commemorated by placing their name on a chair in the auditorium.
You also are given the unique opportunity to honor someone special by sponsoring a new theater seat in a person’s name. You can buy a chair in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one or relative. You also have the option of dedicating your chair to honor a person of color who has contributed to shaping your legacy. The person’s name(s) will be displayed on a brass plate on the chair, serving as a permanent symbol of your generosity for thousands of theater goers to view each year. And, to add more significance, you will be helping to support the first major renovation to the College’s Media Arts Center in its 30year history.