At the Allen Center

The Allen Center offers a unique array of curated programs, historic tours, and special events in addition to offering facility rentals. The Allen Center is the premier facility under the direction of the Newton Cultural Alliance. Its abolitionist history as a center for progressive education makes this state-of-the-art performance facility worth a visit. 

Upcoming Public Events

Cherry Street Players at the Allen Center

April 2nd, 3PM - "Classical With a Twist" - Women in Time


Allison Eldredge is the newest Allen Center Artist in Residence and Founder of Cherry Street Players.

The Cherry Street Players are a chamber ensemble with a simple mission: to create a space to meet new people, develop friendships, and find togetherness, passion and hope through evenings of music. Our "classical with a twist" concerts are less formal with conversation between artists, special guests, and audience members. Attendees will also have an opportunity to experience the visionary educational history and beauty of the 1840 Nathaniel Allen Homestead, now The Allen Center, as our artistic home!


Artist Residencies

The Allen Center hosts musicians and artists for short and long-term residencies. Residents make use of the Allen Center's state-of-the-art facilitates, to work on new or ongoing projects in a historic setting.

Current Artist in Residence: Allison Eldredge, cello.
See Allison's newest project, Cherry Street Players, at the Allen Center.

Historic Tours

The Allen Center is home to a rich history that's rarely told. We're proud to keep the story of the Nathaniel Topliff Allen Homestead alive at the Allen House. Learn more about this former school and what it took to renovate and restore the space through our guided tours.

Tours can be organized for small groups by emailing our Allen Center staff at

Special Events & Fundraisers

The Allen Center's mix of historic and contemporary spaces make the facility the perfect home for intimate gatherings, photoshoots, and elegant affairs. View some images from our past events below and see our facility rental page to plan your next event.

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