Supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts for education and enjoyment

We are located in Shirley, a small town in north central Massachusetts, only an hour west of Boston.

Our mailing address is ShirleyArts! PO Box 49, Shirley, MA 01464.

You can also contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also look for us on our Facebook page. 

If you are trying to find a performance at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, Mapquest 2 Hospital Road, Shirley MA. WARNING - If you go to some mapping programs, they will take you to the High School in Ayer instead of the Middloe School in Shirley. Do not believe them. Just use the street address.

Please join us for the amateur and professional classes, events,and performances listed below.

In case of questionable weather, check this spot for possible event cancellations.




Teen and adult singers are needed for the Community Christmas Concert to benefit Loaves and Fishes food pantry. That performance will be Sunday December 18th at 2:00 pm at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm starting November 15th. There will be quite a few full choir numbers as well as the opportunity for solos, duets, and instrumentals. 

Participants who also want to learn a dance for the show should arrive at 6:30 pm.

There is a $10 participation fee to help out with expenses.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you want to take part.




The Shirley Children’s Traveling Christmas Choir will sing at the Town Tree Lighting on Sunday evening November 27th at 5:00 pm and at the Festival of Lights at Farandnear on Sunday evening December 4th at 4:30 pm. Then they will perform their complete show, including their Nativity pageant, on Sunday afternoon  December 11th at 2:00 pm at the Center Town Hall to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund.  




Thank you to everyone who participated or attended our first ever Gilbert and Sullivan show. Pirates of Penzance was a great success full of wonderful voices, great costumes, energetic dancing, and much laughter. 


NOTE - We have not yet had a board meeting to discuss plans for next year. We will announce future productions as soon as they have been decided.




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Possibilities - If you know a professional or amateur class or performance that you would like to see brought to Shirley, please tell us about it. For a production proposal form,contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


SCHOLARSHIPS to arts events and arts classes are available upon request. Refreshment sales at performances fund the scholarships.

Some ShirleyArts! productions receive financial support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the local Shirley Cultural Council. This help is much appreciated.

For a Historyof our past productions,
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For membership information, Click Here.

Note that we are a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation and all your donations are tax-deductible.

Officers for ShirleyArts!for 2016 are President Roy Ellis, Treasurer John Rounds, Artistic Director Meredith Marcinkewicz, Secretary Laurie Marcinkewicz, and Board Members Kathy Ellis, Deb Goodwin, Kim Huxley, Diane King, Vicky Landry, Kathryn Lyon, Julie Pampinella, and  Nancy Sawyer. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.