April Newsletter 2017

Updated: May 6


April 2017 In this Issue: State Tax Credits – Federal Tax Credits – Upcoming Events – Highlights Sidebar

Dear Friends of MIFA Victory Theatre,

We are pleased to say that our Titicut Follies event with filmmaker Frederick Wiseman sold out and was a complete success! La Veracruzana’s Martin Carrera was very generous donating the catering for the pre-screening reception, and it was great to work with Amherst Cinema as part of our Valley-wide approach. Below, we have exciting news about the Victory Theatre Project and wonderful upcoming programming in May! Don’t forget to mark your calendars and support MIFA Victory Theatre on Valley Gives Day, May 2, 2017.

From our Executive Artistic Director

“Our steam is hot, hot, hot, steady and persistent on the Victory. We started in 2005, bought the building in 2009 pursuing a development plan and are absolutely dedicated to getting it done! It’s a great plan, we have the most professional team in the business, and we won’t rest until it’s done. It’s an expensive, complex project with enormous scope. I sympathize with anyone who wants it open faster, but remember it took 40 years to get Union Station open. It’s not easy. Steady dedication, persistence and professionalism will get the Victory Theatre reopen.”

– Don Sanders, MIFA Executive Artistic Director April 2017

MA Historic Tax Credits!

In April, the MIFA Victory Theatre Project was awarded an additional $100,000.00 in Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit funds! That brings us to $200K in new tax credits since November 2016, putting us at a total of $4.4 Million!

MIFA will be applying for the next round on April 30, 2017. Find out more about the MHRTC program here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcidx.htm

Federal Historic Tax Credits!

U.S. National Park Service Historic Preservation applications for the Victory Theatre has gone for review! This review process is key to the restoration and reopening of the theater and qualifies the Victory Theatre Project for Federal Historic Tax Credits! Find out more about the NPS Historic Preservation here: www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives.htm

Upcoming Events!

The Wastelands in Holyoke Children of the Wild have returned to Holyoke to give three performances of their original traveling folk opera! May 5 at 5:30pm May 6 at 5:30pm May 7 at 3:30pm At the Holyoke Creative Arts Center. FREE and Open to the Public! The performance runs 75min with a reception and dialogue to follow.

The Grapes of Wrath

The National Players, America’s longest-running touring company, returns to Holyoke with their production of The Grapes of Wrath. Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30PM, Sears Auditorium at Holyoke High School.

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General Admission $10 Children, Student, Senior $5 “Tom Joad returns from prison to find the Oklahoma family farm in ruins. As the Joad clan gathers their possessions to leave the Dust Bowl behind, there’s both hope and fear about prospects in California.”

A collaboration between Holyoke High School, OneHolyoke CDC, and MIFA Victory Theatre.

If you love live performances, educational arts programs for local schools, and legendary actors & actresses, musicians, theater companies, and local artists, support MIFA Victory Theatre! View our NEW Valley Gives Day 2017 profile! visit: www.valley-gives.org You can also sign up for Valley Gives Day email reminders by following the link.

In Case You Missed It 

Screening of Titicut Follies with Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman SOLD OUT!

Photo by Jeffrey C. Bianchine

Frederick Wiseman is one of today’s greatest living documentary filmmakers. For 50 years, with help from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), he has created exceptional bodies of work consisting of 41 films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions.

“Mr. Wiseman was very impressive in the panel discussion, the audience was clearly deeply engaged, and of course, the film itself affecting and memorable. Everything about the event was first class!”  – Performance Sponsor John Armstrong

Titicut Follies in the News!

Photo by Erik Madigan Heck

Click article links below: Cinemadope: Banned in the U.S., Documentary about Massachusetts prison for criminally insane turns 50 By Jack Brown valleyadvocate.com

~ Amherst Cinema to screen “Titicut Follies” host filmmaker Frederick Wiseman By Cori Urban www.masslive.com


Stagestruck: Stage on Screen By Chris Rohmann valleyadvocate.com

Photo courtesy of Zipporah Films, Inc. More information about the films of Frederick Wiseman can be found at www.zipporah.com

Frederick Wiseman Receives Honorary Oscar

Frederick Wiseman receives an Honorary Award at the 2016 Governors Awards

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