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The Dunbar - Arts, Wellness, and Education

The Dunbar Center is an iconic building located in the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts. This historic organization, over 100 years old, has produced elite leaders in the areas of the arts, education, entrepreneurship, sports, etc. Very few residents within the greater Springfield area can remember life without The Dunbar. From the little girls and boys studying the art of dance under the renowned Frank Hatchett, to the sweltering basketball matches in the “Death Valley” gym, or the parties in the basement or kids just being kids, Dunbar lives in the hearts and minds of all who grew into the fabric and strength of our broader community.

When The Dunbar Community Center faced the threat of padlocks, Mt. Zion Baptist Church stepped in and stepped up to stave off foreclosure. Mt. Zion purchased the facility in October 2016 and moved our Church to this campus the following May.

At The Dunbar Center, Mt. Zion continues to expand upon the areas of Arts, Wellness, and Education by strategically collaborating with additional agencies and organizations, currently offering such things as dance classes, after-school care, basketball sessions—just to name a few. Mt. Zion firmly believes the possibilities are endless.


  • Gymnasium – 8,000 sq. ft./ capacity up to 500 people
  • Studio Meeting Room – 1,800 sq. ft./ seating capacity up to 180 people
  • Lighthouse Meeting Room – 1,100 sq. ft./ capacity up to 75 people
  • Sanctuary/Performing Arts Theater – 2,500 sq. ft./ capacity up to 320 people
  • Smaller Meeting Rooms – Various Sizes

Rooms can be rented for one-time events, multi-day events, or recurring events. Rooms can be leased subject to availability. For rental rates, special circumstances, or questions, call 413-785-5664.

If you are interested in renting or leasing, you must agree to the General Terms & Responsibilities and complete a Building Usage Form:

Download the General Terms and Responsibilities (PDF).

Complete The Dunbar Building Usage Request Form (Online Form).

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