Please help the ACC continue to promote, connect, collaborate and advocate for the arts in our 16-town region by making a donation to the ACC during Give Local on April 25-26: https://givelocalccf.org/npo/waterbury-regional-arts-and-culture-collaborative. One of the most visible and important things that Give Local funds will be used for at the ACC is the printing and distributing of our popular quarterly calendar brochure to keep you informed about all of the arts events in our region.
Every dollar donated during the event will be stretched with bonus funds provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation and generous Give Local sponsors. We thank Artist and ACC Member Ted Martland for being a $500 matching sponsor for the ACC!
The Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region, held its Annual Meeting on Monday, March 27 at the Thomaston Opera House. The business meeting was followed by a social event where members and guests enjoyed refreshments and networking in the historic theater.
ACC Administrator Diane Ploch provided a look back at the highlights of the ACC’s 10th Anniversary Year, some of which included expanding its quarterly events brochure, hosting a successful 10th Anniversary Celebration in October, and participating in CT Arts Day at the State Capitol. ACC Governing Council Chair Jeff Dunn spoke about plans for the year ahead, such as hosting more frequent social/networking gatherings, coordinating workshops and roundtables, and offering advertising and marketing opportunities that enable members to promote themselves and their organizations and to make valuable connections. ACC Associate Administrator Kristen Mellitt recognized key supporters: CT Office of the Arts, Connecticut Community Foundation, Waterbury Regional Chamber and Waterbury’s Arts & Tourism Commission.
Following First Vice Chair Jeff Lapham’s report of the nominating committee, three new members were elected to the ACC Governing Council: M Douglas Bibbey of the Arts Alliance of Woodbury, Sue Mellitt of MacDermid Performance Solutions, and Richard DiCarlo of the Valley Arts Council.
Governing Council Members and friends network at the annual meeting: (left to right) Joan Pilarczyk of Artsplace in Cheshire and ACC Governing Council Member; M Douglas Bibbey, newly elected ACC Governing Council member and officer of Woodbury Arts Alliance; Sheree Marcucci, of the Palace Theater and ACC Governing Council Member; and David Bibbey, member of the Woodbury Arts Alliance.
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The Arts & Culture Collaborative recently honored its first Arts Hero, Lynnette Letsky Piombo, at the ACC’s annual meeting and social on March 27. The Arts Hero Award recognizes an individual whose work on behalf of the arts at the grass-roots level has made a significant impact. Lynnette has been an active, long-time volunteer and advocate in the Waterbury arts community. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Mattatuck Museum, the Development Committee of the Palace Theater, the Public Art Committee for the City of Waterbury, and the Design Committee for Main Street Waterbury. Lynnette has been instrumental in initiatives ranging from the creation and installation of whimsical bike racks in downtown Waterbury to the coordination of large public art projects like the “Cool Waters” mosaic and the recent Greetings Tour mural. The Arts Hero award was created in conjunction with the CT Office of the Arts. Lynnette was also recognized at CT Arts Day on March 2 at the State Capitol.
The Arts & Culture Collaborative was created to strengthen and support the arts in the Waterbury region as a central component of furthering economic and cultural development and to enhance the quality of life for our residents.
Find out more about the ACC. Join us as a member. Help us to spread the word about the high quality of artistic life in our region by participating in the programs of the ACC. This collaboration works through open dialog, so contact us for more information or to receive our regular events publications.