Arts presenting organization - renovating 1600 seat theater in Holyoke, MA.
MIFA's mission is to present the finest examples of contemporary practice in the performing, visual and literary arts for the purposes of educating, entertaining and enriching lives. MIFA serves the economic revitalization of Holyoke through the preservation and reopening of the historical landmark Victory Theatre.
The Massachusetts Int'l Festival of the Arts (MIFA) has presented great art since 1994 with artists like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vanessa Redgrave, Hal Holbrook, Eddie Palmieri, William Kentridge and London's Globe Theatre along with wonderful Massachusetts artists and institutions.
In 2009 MIFA acquired the Victory Theatre located at 81-89 Suffolk Street Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Victory, a 1,600 seat Broadway style theatre opened in 1920 and has been derelict since 1979. MIFA is restoring the iconic theater and it will be returned to its role as a major live theatre for the City of Holyoke, its surrounding communities and the Connecticut River Valley from Long Island Sound to the Canadian border.
The Victory is being restored through a financing package which includes private, individual, corporate, and foundation donations, public grants, and State and Federal Historic Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits.