Eight applicants from the Greater Waterbury area were recently awarded grants for arts projects that will take place over the course of the next year. The grants are funded through the Connecticut Office of the Arts’ Regional Grant Initiative Program (REGI), which was piloted in 2016 and is now in its second year. The program is administered by the nine regional arts service organizations around the state, including the Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region (ACC). Recipients from the ACC’s 16-town service area include the Arts Alliance of Woodbury, Arts Escape, Inc., Marilyn O’Neil in partnership with the CT Accordion Association, the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation, Community Counseling Center of Central CT, the Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury, the Committee for a New Waterbury, and the Valley Arts Council.
The REGI program is designed to support small, collaborative projects that promote access to the creative process or the creative experience, especially those that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within community. The projects that were chosen for funding include the Woodbury Arts Festival, art therapy for caregivers, arts programs for veterans, and reintroducing accordion playing to schoolchildren, among others. Grants ranged from $1,500 to $4,000, with a total of more than $25,000 in grant funds being awarded.
The ACC congratulates the eight recipients for their successful grant proposals and looks forward to the implementation of these inventive and valuable projects during the upcoming year.
The Arts & Culture Collaborative’s Fall/Holiday Events Brochure is available. Go to the Upcoming Events link on this website or look for a printed copy at various locations in our service area, including libraries, historical societies, theaters, and arts venues. If you’d like one mailed to you, contact us at email@example.com or 203-757-0701, Ext. 316.
Use the brochure to help plan your cultural calendar for the fall and holiday season through December 31. With a variety of wonderful options to choose from, we are sure you will find opportunities to support and enjoy the arts in the Waterbury region throughout the season!
The Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region marked its 10th Anniversary Year with a special Out for Art event on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at the Palace Theater’s Poli Club in Waterbury. The evening included art exhibits, exciting performances, recognition of longtime supporters of the ACC, refreshments, and socializing to celebrate arts and culture in our region. Click here to browse a sampling of photos from the event, and here to view a slideshow highlighting the ACC’s past decade of service to the arts community.
We would like to thank our 10th Anniversary Event Sponsors: The Arts & Tourism Commission of the City of Waterbury and Ion Bank (Directors’ Circle Sponsors); Martland Management Inc., Palace Theater, and Waterbury Regional Chamber (Artists’ Guild Sponsors); Black Hog Brewery, Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep, Eder Brothers Inc., Main Street Waterbury, Traver IDC, The Village at East Farms, and Wesson Energy (Actors’ Alliance Sponsors); and Joan Pilarczyk (Patron).
Thank you to all who attended. We appreciate your support!
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.