What is the Hudson Armory Project?

The Hudson Armory Project is an innovative initiative of the Hudson Cultural Alliance (HCA), an all-volunteer, local non-profit invested in the transformation of the The Armory building into a regional arts and cultural center.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Hudson Armory Project is to enrich the cultural economy of the region by creating an environment in which the arts flourish, inspire, and enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

The Armory building will be a beautifully designed community space accommodating exhibitions, performances, educational opportunities, and a variety of public events.

Our Vision

The Hudson Armory Project was developed by the Hudson Cultural Alliance to facilitate the creative collaboration between local organizations, businesses, artists, and performers with the goal of actively engaging a large and diverse regional audience.

The Hudson Cultural Alliance was established with the understanding that personal growth and socio-economic stability derive from a community’s active engagement and investment in arts and culture.

30,000+ Feet of Open Space

Skill-Building for All Ages

Through strategic partnerships, the Hudson Armory Project will be able to offer a variety of workshops that cater to the interests of its members and other residents. Possible workshops may include podcasting, photography, music lessons, jewelry, and visual art studies.

Workshops

Group Gatherings at The Armory

To foster a more cohesive and active community, the project will cultivate connections among Hudson residents with shared interests. By welcoming veterans' and community historical groups, we will share the history of the building while providing a place to meet. In addition, the Hudson Armory project will provide support to local youth groups, senior citizen groups, and other cultural organizations.

Community Interests

Cultural Experiences to Remember

Once The Armory is renovated, there will be performing arts and exhibition space. Regional arts organizations will be able to take advantage of much-needed areas for rehearsals.

Performances

Events for the Community

With an open floor plan and outdoor event areas, The Armory will host a variety of public events. Examples may include Farmer's markets, library book sales, and other  gatherings that will take advantage of the unique space.

Public Events

Makerspace

The new space will allow artists from all over the region access to studio space, needed to develop their work. Storage is a much-needed commodity, so removing the burden of lack of storage space will help local arts organizations focus on their work.

Exhibitions & Studios

Show your support for our cause

Official Hudson Armory Project merch is now available at our online store.

Photographic mockups of a grey long sleeved t-shirt and a tan & blue tote bag both emblazoned with the Hudson Armory Project logo

Hudson Cultural Alliance

Board of Directors

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Tom Desmond
President & Founder
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Tom Desmond is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who spent 34 years in the military. Originally trained as a Logistics Officer, Tom had varied assignments as a Medical Services Officer, General Foreman of a Direct Support Maintenance facility and as the Massachusetts National Guard State Safety and Occupational Health Manager. During his career, Tom had assignments in Turkey and Germany.

As the Human Resources Officer Tom managed the civilian personnel data system and management analysis programs for the Massachusetts National Guard. Tom finished his career as the Massachusetts National Guard’s Equal Employment Manager and State Diversity Coordinator. In this capacity, he analyzed demographics and trends for hiring, conducted diversity training and implemented community outreach activities with minority groups.

Upon his retirement, Tom became active in Town affairs. He’s currently Chairperson of the Hudson Public Library Trustees and President and Founding Member of the Hudson Cultural Alliance/Hudson Armory Project.

Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Northeastern University and Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Work Environment Policy.

Originally from Newton, MA, Tom has been a resident of Hudson, MA for 36 years. He’s married to Patricia (Mullin) Desmond.

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Charles Randall
Treasurer & Founder
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Charles Randall is a Certified Public Accountant, Hudson Main Street Business Property Owner, Military Veteran and Town resident for 25 plus years. Charles currently serves on a number of key committees to include the Executive Board of the Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Board/Treasurer Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District. Charles served on Executive Search Committee, Hudson 150th Committee, Town of Hudson. Charles completed his Undergraduate and Graduate studies at George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia.

Charles’ professional experience includes 14 years as a Partner in Public Accounting, 15 years in private corporate entities-Controller/ CFO/ Treasurer and more recently as a Property Owner/Manager Commercial Main Street Hudson.

Charles is active in a variety of municipal activities and is a strong supporter, founder, and Treasurer of the Hudson Armory acquisition, renovation, and development in the Hudson Downtown.

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Pat Luoto
Secretary / Clerk
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Dr. Patricia Kelly Luoto, Professor Emeritus of Framingham State University, taught for 32 years in the Food and Nutrition Department, serving as Chairperson and Director of the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition. Pat ended her academic career as the Project Director for the Framingham State Food Study in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, Master of Science in food and nutrition from Framingham State College, and EdD from Boston University. In retirement, Pat is active in the town currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Community Food Pantry, Co-Chair of the Hudson Cultural Council, and a member of the Hudson Cultural Alliance, Board of Directors, Secretary/Clerk.

She is married to George Luoto; they have resided in Hudson for the past 48 years where each of them has been active in the schools, church, town and sports activities with their two sons and grandsons.

Organizing Committee

Andy Horvitz
Founding Member
Ed Nunes
Lead Architect, Building Committee
Jamie Beck Weisberger
Marketing & Media Committee
Jane Chertoff
PR, Events & Fundraising Committee
Keith Griffis
Social Media/Marketing & Corporate Fundraising
Lindsay Kelkres
Marketing & Media Committee
Ron Sorgman
Building Committee

Volunteers

Bethany LeClerc
Grant Writing
Karen Nunley
Patti McMunn
Red Isaacs

Interested in Volunteering?

We would love to hear about how your interest, skills, and experience might support the Hudson Armory Project.

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Additional Details

Who is coordinating the Project?

The Armory’s purchasing, fundraising, renovation, and eventual operations are being run by the Hudson Cultural Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the town’s history while driving arts and culture forward.

How is this project being funded?

The purchase of the building was funded by an earmark from Senator Jamie Eldridge. We have received a matching grant from the Mass Cultural Council. Additional funding is coming through fundraising efforts with Hudson’s Business Improvement District, local organizations, businesses, restaurants, and individuals.

Where is the funding being used?

Funding has been used to purchase the building from the Commonwealth. All additional funding will be used for architectural study, bringing the building up to code, renovation, permitting, licensing and finally programming.

How can I volunteer my time?

If you’re interested in helping support our efforts, please contact us at contact@hudsonarmoryproject.org