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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center

605 Main Street
860-347-4957

Our Mission

The Buttonwood Tree operates under the 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization of North End Arts Rising, Inc. (Near, Inc.). From its opening in 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized nationally and internationally as a music venue (see Kunle Mwanga), it has also offered programs led by outstanding artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance from belly to hip hop as well as opening its doors to community activists, educational and religious groups.

The Mission of Near Inc. is to:

- Support the creative activities and endeavors of artists and potential artists

-- Create a forum, context, and space for artistic, cultural, creative, and educational experience in Middletown

-- Serve as a center for community activity in Middletown's North End.

NEAR Inc.'s goals are:

-- To provide support to local artists, amateurs, students and others interested in exploring their capacity for self-expression and communication by offering them a facility, institutional support, funding, workshops, performance/exhibit opportunities and other artistic support.

-- To provide artistic and other cultural experiences and programs that are accessible, participatory and unique, and to provide these experiences for audiences in the North End, Middletown, and Central Connecticut and beyond.

-- To serve residents of the North End of Middletown by offering cultural programs, stimulating interaction and community, enhancing commerce and creating a community/cultural drop-in center.

-- To carry on such other related artistic, cultural, creative, or educational activities as may be necessary or appropriate in connection therewith.


The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media

Upcoming Events at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center

Ornament Decorating Workshop

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Teen Open Mic

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Anything Goes Open Mic

Monday, Dec 17, 2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Laughter Yoga with Dawn

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Ken Serio-Jazz Trio

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Anything Goes Open Mic

Monday, Dec 24, 2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Gentle Yoga with Theresa

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018 from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Middletown, CT
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Middlesex Drum Circle

Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Ann Marie Menta Band

Friday, Dec 28, 2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Deborah Davis

Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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3rd Annual Fire of Hope

Monday, Dec 31, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Anything Goes Open Mic

Monday, Dec 31, 2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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Don White

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Middletown, CT
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