The history of the New England Center for the Performing Arts began with a single person, a passion and a dream. In 1985, Raye Lynn Mercer, a lifelong resident of Franklin, Massachusetts was a piano instructor with thirty-five students who took lessons in the living room of her Franklin home.
The New England Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 2003 to bring to fruition Raye Lynn’s vision to develop a regional performing arts center in Franklin. The organization has grown to support this ambitious endeavor with the leadership and guidance of a Board of Directors and Advisory Board made up of business leaders and arts volunteers. The capital campaign is successfully raising the funds necessary to design, construct and maintain this remarkable new performing arts education and presentation complex on Route 140 in Franklin.