The Narrows Center for the Arts was founded in 1995 for the promotion and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts. The Narrows, a fully accessible venue, is comprised of two visual art galleries, a performance theater, visual artist studios, and rental space for events, classes, and meetings.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
The Narrows Center started as a small gallery exhibition space devoted to local artists and craftsmen with open mic for local musicians. The initial location, where the North and South Watuppa Ponds come together, was near a waterway the locals refer to as the Narrows. When a development project took over the initial space, the property owner offered rental space on the third floor of the former American Printing Company (APC) mill building on Anawan Street on the historic Fall River Massachusetts waterfront, our current home. In the early 20th century, APC was one of the largest textile operations in the world.
Thanks to generous community support and strong stewardship, the Narrows Center grew from 1,000 to 15,000 square feet. With help of volunteers the space was redesigned. It took almost four years to complete the transformation of the structure, with its elegant architectural design, high ceilings and spectacular views of Mount Hope Bay and Battleship Cove. The 20-foot ceilings provide the ideal acoustic and visual backdrop for what has come to be known as a regional destination for the visual and performing arts. In 2017, the Narrows purchased our gorgeous mill building and tripled the area in which we present live music, visual art, artists’ studios, classroom instruction, and arts-related businesses. The Narrows Center is committed to developing all kinds of visual and performing arts.
The Narrows Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization continuing to present exciting ways to engage the public, host one-of-a-kind musical guests and showcase unique works of art. Offering educational arts programming, local school tours, free gallery shows and free Spindle City Festivals, the Narrows proudly presents an ever-growing access and fellowship in the arts for both local guests and those travelling to visit us.
Our mission at the Narrows Center for the Arts is to present music that matters, art that inspires, and commitment to community, to engage and educate people of all ages in Fall River and the southern New England area, and to partner with other like-minded local and regional organizations as a hub for culture and the arts.
FOOD & DRINK
Attendees are welcome to bring their own food, beverages, and alcohol to all events in bags and small coolers that will fit under your chair. We sell fresh brewed Coastal Roasters coffee at our performances, along with teas, soda, bottled water, and pre-packaged snacks. On many nights we also serve freshly baked desserts.
The Narrows provides a fun, relaxed and welcoming environment for performer and audience alike where musicians can connect to those who appreciate their work. Rowdies or those who detract from the ability of those around them to enjoy the show will be asked to leave.
There is on-street parking available on Anawan Street (our side) and a fenced-in parking lot behind our building. You can also park in the back of our building alongside the parking lot fencing. There is some parking on Water Street which is not metered, but please take notice to posted parking restrictions.
Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River MA 02721
Box Office and Gallery hours: THURSDAY through SATURDAY, NOON – 5:00 P.M.
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