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Laura's Center for the Arts


Laura's Center for the Arts (LCA) at the Emilson YMCA campus in Hanover is a stunning and vibrant community arts center dedicated to celebrating all arts on the South Shore. This state-of-the-art, 10,000 sq ft facility offers an indoor theater, 'Plein Aire Pavilion' outdoor amphitheater, three educational spaces, and dedicated gallery space. Since its opening, LCA has hosted free monthly gallery openings, youth and professional theatre productions and education, concerts, and community events. LCA is also available to host your own private event in a unique setting. 


To provide a welcoming environment for all ages and abilities to explore and discover the wonder of the arts.


Laura’s personal style of teaching was best measured by the way the children responded enthusiastically greeting her and trying to perform as she had taught them.  Laura’s passion for the South Shore YMCA’s “special kids” was always evident.  Whether on the court softly tossing tennis balls for players to hit or courtside exuberantly shouting encouragement during tournament matches, Laura’s love shined brightly. Laura’s Center for the Arts was inaugurated on February 13, 2013 in honor of Laura Emilson Riekert.

It wasn’t out of the ordinary to find Laura at a Special Olympics event surrounded by players, many of them dressed in a team jersey, provided by her for them to play in with pride and confidence.

Laura is greatly missed, but her memory is preserved in the name of this awe inspiring building designed to bring the arts to children of all ages.


View our newsletter, State of the Arts, to stay up-to-date with all of the programs, events and opportunities taking place at Laura's Center for the Arts and click here to join our email distribution list!

State of the Arts Part 1

State of the Arts Part 2

Laura's Center for the Arts
97 Mill Street
Hanover, MA 02339

Mailing Address:
75 Mill Street
Hanover, MA 02339 

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