Beverly Farms, MA – The North of Boston Arts Center (NOBAC) will be hosting their first open house on September 2 from 5-7 pm at the Hastings House in Beverly Farms. This event will be held in conjunction with Hastings House members and will give parents, families and prospective members a chance to meet with the NOBAC and Hastings House staff and board. Attendees can also learn about this Fall’s schedule of art, music, theater and cooking classes; tour the Hastings House facilities; and enjoy refreshments as they mingle.
NOBAC after school arts classes are available at the Hastings House on Monday-Thursday from 4-6 pm for children ages 5-13, beginning September 7th. In addition to the after school arts program, NOBAC also puts on two musical productions every year in the Spring and the Fall. This Fall’s production is The Tale of the Oysta: a seafaring Whoops, which was written entirely by students in Henry Allen’s Playwrights Unite! class this summer, is based on about 20 songs by Cole Porter and George & Ira Gershwin.
This young nonprofit was founded in May of 2008 by Beverly local, Bonnie Rynkowski, with the hopes of giving children a creative outlet and direction in any area of interest – from visual arts and crafts to jazz, opera and organic cooking.
Over the last year, NOBAC has seen a considerable amount of growth with the addition of Manchester-By-The-Sea resident Henry Allen, its artistic director who has directed the shows that NOBAC students perform in the Spring and Fall, and is a member of the core faculty.
Faculty member and local business owner, Jessica Brand, is excited about the growth she has seen at NOBAC over the last year:
“I remember this time last year when we had two or three kids in each class and only a handful of parents getting involved. This year we have seen so many families really get excited about NOBAC and the invaluable experience we’re providing for their kids. We hope that this open house will only help us expand our community and open up more opportunities for us to reach out to local kids who are interested in the arts.”
The Hastings House is located in Beverly Farms across from the Train Station at 14 Oak Street.