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Funded by North End Arts Rising (NEAR) as well as by its sponsors and members, The Buttonwood Tree (TBT) is a performing arts and cultural center located in Middletown, Connecticut.

While “Rooted in the Arts,” The Buttonwood Tree’s programming transcends the arts from the obvious into the subtle areas of people’s lives, enriching and empowering patrons to be better citizens.

We are a meeting place where folks of different walks of life casually gather to share and grow in many aspects of life. We’re continuing in our predecessor’s footsteps to develop TBT as a place where people get connected to others, nurturing that sense of community. We meet to share meals, we stimulate each other to be civically active, we educate through workshops and classes, and we challenge preconceived notions by creatively combining genres of music and art for unique presentations. In short, we entice people to be expressive – to let their creative genius blossom – and become all that they can be.

When individuals grow in character and personal achievements, so will the community that embraces them. The Buttonwood Tree has become a mainstay on Middletown’s Main Street, and we welcome you to our community. Learn more about TBT below:

Our Mission

From its opening in 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. More >>

Our History

The Buttonwood Tree opened its doors as a storefront bookstore and performance space in Middletown’s storied North End in 1989. Begun by our first director, Wesleyan alumna Susan Eastman Allison and her husband, the DJ and radio personality, Stephan Allison, it was the first such space in the city. More >>

Our Board

The Buttonwood Tree has been fortunate to have a committed, diverse and talented Board of Directors who have served over the years – through good times and hard times. More >>

Our Sponsors

Our operating budget is dependent on our Corporate Sponsors. Please join us in expressing our gratitude to them and supporting their businesses. More >>

Our Future

The Buttonwood Tree is deeply committed to moving forward because the needs that our founders responded to 20 years ago are still with us today. And it is to that end that we look for new, imaginative and innovative possibilities to meet these needs.