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Dedham Savings Community Foundation Supports Bellforge Arts Center

The Dedham Savings Community Foundation has donated to the Bellforge Arts Center. The grant funds will support the development of a regional multi-arts and outdoor recreation destination serving the MetroWest region.

The organization has secured a 99-year lease on two buildings in the center of the historic former State Hospital campus in Medfield, MA. The buildings will be renovated to create a performing arts, music, culture, and education center, with a flexible 300-seat performance venue, classrooms for music instruction and visual arts, artist studios, and rehearsal space. In the second phase of the development, it will also offer dance/movement studios; accommodations for artists-in-residence; a 150-seat black box theater; a community makerspace; and a culinary arts center with commercial kitchens for entrepreneurs, visiting chefs, and classes.


The Bellforge Arts Center’s primary goal is to promote and provide availability of the arts and art education within the community, promote well-being, and cultivate an atmosphere of cooperation, community spirit, accessibility, and inclusiveness for underserved families in the MetroWest area. Upon its completion, the center will serve as a regional multi-arts center for diverse art forms and outdoor recreation, catering to the entire MetroWest region, encompassing Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood, and other neighboring towns.


The Dedham Savings Community Foundation was formed by Dedham Savings for the purpose of funding requests from community organizations which provide services to the communities that they serve. These communities generally, but not exclusively, include Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood. Typical requests are usually received from such organizations as schools, libraries, family service organizations and non-profit organizations. The Trustees of the Foundation will accept grant requests from community organizations and make awards twice a year. Organizations wishing to request funding from the Foundation may apply online on our Community Giving Page.


Incorporated in 1831, Dedham Savings has assets of over $2.3 billion. Its mission is to promote financial strength and success in the individuals, families, and businesses of the communities it serves. Dedham Savings offers a broad range of financial and electronic banking services to individuals, businesses, and organizations through full-service locations in Dedham, East Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood.

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