Matthew Black, the relatively new President of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC), writes an “Open Letter to the North End.” After a visit to the newly remodeled Modern Theater, Matt is looking to build momentum for performing arts space in the neighborhood.
“I will not buy into the logic that there is no money for a theater. The North End as a standalone is home to 10,000 people. Show me a city that size anywhere in America that doesn’t have a theater. In many great societies, a theater is a shining point of pride. Even in the most impoverished places, there is an effort to provide a suitable place to gather. Here, if we want to get more than 100 people together, we’re forced into the tight confines of the Nazzaro Center or we cancel someone’s basketball game to use the gym. Unless there’s a church involved, there’s nowhere to go. Period.”
“So I put it to you, my neighbors, to find a home for the arts. Let’s start demanding what we’re owed. Let’s find a suitable site and find the money. There’s definitely a need. This is an issue that needs a champion.”