Our Mission

The Buttonwood Tree operates under the 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Inc. From its storied opening on Rapallo Avenue in the North End of Middletown, in 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized internationally, nationally, and locally as a music venue, it has also offered programs led by outstanding artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance—from belly to hip hop—as well as opening its doors to community activists, educational and religious groups.

The Mission of The Buttonwood Tree is to:

Support the creative endeavors of emerging artists, nurture personal development, educate, connect and enrich lives and uplift people of all ages through the Arts.

The Buttonwood Tree’s Goals are:

  • To provide support to those interested in exploring their capacity for self-expression.
  • To provide artistic and cultural experiences to people of all ages.
  • To serve our City and greater community by offering artistic programming that stimulates interaction, enhances commerce and unifies community.