About

The mission of Topia Arts Center is to develop an atmosphere of creativity where original and innovative performing arts and educational programs can thrive and be appreciated. By cultivating creative landscapes, Topia Arts Center improves the quality of life, opens hearts and minds, and allows audiences to participate as members of the creative process. As an incubator space, Topia Arts Center connects international artists with local talent, fostering global perspectives while operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.





Topia Arts Center is a new “green” artist led performing arts and educational center in development in Adams presenting quality music, dance, theater, circus arts, film and visual art exhibits as well as educational and community programs.  It is also committed to serving the local community as a Shared Use Downtown Space.  More than just a historical site and raw theater space, Topia, which means landscapes in Greek, hopes to provide fertile ground for convergent creative paths and act as an economic stimulus for a charming New England town poised for renaissance.

In October, 2004 co-founders Nana Simopoulos and Caryn Heilman, two performing artists from New York City developed the non-profit 501(c)(3) Topia Art Center, Inc. with the vision of building on the already tangible energy of this historic cultural site. They were drawn by the opportunity to make a difference in the town by offering their own art as well as the art of their international community of talented friends.  They began making a name for Topia Arts Center around the Berkshires and beyond as a place to find quality arts and education that is committed to environmental responsibility and has a local and global reach.

The Town Administrator of Adams strongly supports the renovation of the theater building and recognizes its importance as a downtown catalyst for economic growth and revitalization.    Meanwhile Topia Arts Center with the help of the community, both local and global, has cleaned up the raw theater space, added electricity and exit signs, rebuilt and extended the existing vaudeville stage and added almost 160 recycled seats.  Topia Arts Center has presented eight years of artistic events and continues to look for opportunities to offer ongoing community classes, workshops and after-school cooperative programming in the summer and year round in its creative online virtual space at the Nonprofit Commons Island of Second Life, and well as at Topia Inn and in partnership with select global presenters.   Topia Arts Center plans to continue to offer programming in the raw theater space throughout the phases of redevelopment of the theater.

Robert Long of Theater Consultants Collaborative has created a design concept for the theater which would make a multipurpose flexible space. With the help of a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Comunity Foundation and Massachusetts Cultural Council, Topia Arts Center completed an independent marketing study and business plan performed by theater management specialists Duncan Webb and Associates.  Dana Bixby, Architects is a LEED certified architect creating state of the art green architectural schematic and construction drawings.

Partnerships with organizations in town who have expressed interest in using the theater are Youth Center, Inc. Adams based Berkshire Dance Theatre, Minerva Stage, CATA, and more.

Topia Arts Center is fortunate to have among its board of directors and advisory board members experts in each of the four disciplines it presents; music, dance, theater and film, which ensures quality programming, a supportive arts organization structure and respect in the industry.

William Kolis – Chairman

Mr. Kolis is a member of the Litigation Department and serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors. With more than 27 years of experience, his practice areas within the department reflect the diversity of the clients he has represented and include business litigation, intellectual property, personal injury, and media law. Mr. Kolis has also represented clients before various administrative agencies at the state and federal level.

In conjunction with his representation of media clients, Mr. Kolis has been a presenter at the Ohio State Bar Association’s annual Media Law Seminar on the topic of public access to governmental records and meetings.

Caroline Scully – Clerk

John Worth – Treasurer

Charlie Tokarz

Mara Woolley

Joe Nowak who also sits on the board of Selectmen of the Town of Adams

Advisory Board

Robin Avery
Jim Brosnan
Renee Dumouchel
Jason Ennis
Daniel Frederick
Marcia Gay Harden
Lauri Klefos
Kurt Kolok
Buffy Lord
Janice Messer
Anastas Michos
Steven Pagnotta
Jonathan Secor
Nate Samson
Stephen Stenson
Samantha Talora
Town of Adams Community Development
Myra Wilk
James Wojtaszek
Youth Center, Inc.

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Adams, MA 01220

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