Lexington Music School, Lexington School of Ballet, and the Dance Inn were among the first tenants when artists started using the building in 1984. ArtSpan was created by these schools as an additional community service. Lexington Players started with Munroe in 1995 as the town's only theater group. The Childrens' Arts Corner also started in the mid-1990s.
The schools contribute widely to the cultural environment of the Town of Lexington, the region, and internationally. For more information about their relationship with Munroe Center for the Arts, see: Tenants.
ArtSpan, the non-profit visual arts education program of The Munroe Center for the Arts, is dedicated to providing high quality arts programming for the entire community. ArtSpan offers visual arts classes in a many media for all ages from September through June. School-year courses include ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, and much more. Its popular vacation programs are offered eight weeks in the summer and during school vacations for ages 5 to 11 with a Counselor-in-Training program for ages 12 to 14.
“Through the ages and in every culture, dance brings people together”--Thelma Goldberg
Founded by Thelma Larkin Goldberg in 1993, The Dance Inn has a mission of sharing the joy of dance. It is a multidisciplinary studio offering weekly dance programming for preschoolers through adults, beginners through professionals, as well as weekend master workshiops and festivals. Dance forms offered include: hip hop, jazz, tap, and ballet technique, as well as Pilates, conditioning classes, and dance technique.
Goldberg co-founded The Legacy Dance Company in 1989 so that young dancers could pursue serious dance study and have the opportunity
and experience of performing.
Goldberg founded the non-profit group Dance Inn Productions in 1987 to extend the dance experience beyond the classroom into a broader community to perpetuate the artistry and traditions of dance through programming that educates, entertains, and inspires.
Lexington Music School
Founded in 1985 by director Epp Sonin, the school and conservatory offers music instruction at every level. Its outstanding faculty include Robert Honeysucker. Instruction includes classical piano and jazz piano, violin and viola, voice and cello, guitar and saxophone, chamber music and ensembles. The school also offers theory and pre-instrumental music.
Lexington School of Ballet
Mary Petersen founded The Lexington School of Ballet to provide the highest quality dance training available, offering an outstanding faculty of Boston's finest and most dedicated teachers. Students trained at Lexington School of Ballet are dancing with
modern and ballet companies throughout the country. Many are
also accepted each year into prestigious apprentice and summer
programs, including American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, School
of American Ballet (New York City Ballet), San Francisco Ballet
and Royal Academy of Dancing, London.
The Lexington Players
"Dedicated to producing outstanding community theater by the community, for the community"--Sal Jones
The Lexington Players was founded in 1995 as the town's only theater group. Over the years, it has expanded the number of our productions from two to four, including our summer show for children. It also provides periodic workshops including our recent session for New Directors. After a three month workshop, members plan, audition, cast, and direct one act plays for our season. This year, The Lexington Players has expanded its reach into the community by creating the Youth Stage for Young Actors.
The Lexington Players believe that people have a responsibility to enhance the quality of life in their community. Theater arts encourage taking this responsibility, and provide skills and perspectives for doing so.
Chung Do Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is the most widely practiced martial art in the world today. It traces its ancestry to the Korean martial art called Taekyon that was developed over 1000 years ago. Taekyon encompassed a barehanded and barefoot fighting style with great emphasis on kicking technique. The studio directly descends from the original Chung Do Kwan school in Seoul, Korea through its grandteacher, Master Duk Kyung Choi.
Other Programs Based at Munroe
Learn more about the schools and go to their websites by clicking on the links to the left.