The Morris Performing Arts Center (MPA) has officially closed its doors after more than a decade of serving as a destination for performers.
The Morris Arts Center in West Philadelphia has closed, and the Morris Performance Arts Center is shutting down.
The center, which is the oldest continuously operating Morris Arts Center, has been a hub for performing artists for more than 20 years.
In 2016, the center hosted the Morris Arts and Arts Education Festival, a festival of performing arts featuring performances from the Morris Performing Artists Association and other performing arts organizations.
The Morris Arts & Arts Education festival was held annually since 2001.
In 2015, the Morrs Performing Theater was closed due to health concerns.
The MPA’s last performance took place in 2017.
The announcement was made Thursday by MPA board chair and Morris performance artist Susan Burdick.
The closure of the center is a big loss for the Morris community, she said.
The center’s former tenants include The Morris Performer, the Morris Theater and the Morris Playhouse.
The former Morris Perletion Theatre will be turned into a Morris Performance Art Center.
The event, which had been held annually at the Morris Theatre since 2005, will continue to take place at the Morriss Theatre until a permanent home is found for the venue.
Burdick said the center’s closure has made her realize that “our community needs a stronger, more resilient and more inclusive performance and arts community.”
She said the Morres performance arts community has been “a vibrant and dynamic community.”
The Morrris Performer was open until August, when it was moved to the Morriart Theater.
Bridgette Cossack, Morris performance artist and executive director of the Morrus Performing Theatre, said the Morris Center’s closure is a loss to all performers, but particularly to those who have been a part of the theater for so long.
“We will miss all of our performers, and our community will miss the Morrill Performing Association, our members and staff,” she said in a statement.
The organization has been open to performing artists since it opened in 1978, and has provided a space for many of them to make art.
The theater was one of the oldest Morris Arts Centers and has hosted the Morrin Arts and Art Education Festival since 2001, when a Morris Production School opened.
It was a home for performances for more that 20 years, and its location on a former railroad track meant that performers could get out of the building, get their gear in and leave their performance spaces in the open.
The show floor for the Morridan Arts and Performance Festival, held in 2018, was an open-air space for performers to walk through.
The venue has hosted performances for artists like Muddy Waters, James Dean, Margo Price and John Paul Jones.
It has also hosted performances by members of the Morris Dance Theatre.
The former Morris Theatre closed its door on October 4, 2018, after being in operation for nearly 20 years as a venue for performances.
It hosted the annual Morriscard Festival, an annual performance event featuring a variety of performances from Morris performers and other artistic organizations.
Bustle, which owns the Morristons, had said it would not be able to renew its contract with the Morrics, and that the theater would remain in operation.
The Morris Theater, which hosted the 2018 festival, also remained open.