Watch for ACC Member Spotlight and New Events Calendar

Beginning next month, the ACC will regularly feature a different ACC member in our Member Spotlight. We will share these profiles through our newsletter, social media, and website to provide information about and promote our members and all they have to offer. The first Member Spotlight will be released the first week of October. To be sure you don’t miss it, follow us on Facebook or contact us at or 203-757-0701, ext. 316 to be added to our e-mail list.

Our Fall/Holiday events calendar, featuring ACC member events in October, November, and December, will also be available soon. Please contact us to be added to our mailing list to receive a copy, or look for copies displayed in various locations in our 16-town region, including libraries, theaters, and historical societies. And remember–you can always visit our online calendar to find upcoming local arts and culture events!

Experience the Art of Dance!

The Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region (ACC), will host an Out for Art event on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), in the Ruth Ann Leever Atrium in the Fine Arts Center.

In addition to socializing and networking over refreshments with members of the arts community, guests will have the opportunity to view a special Connecticut Dance Alliance photo exhibition on display at NVCC. “Connecticut Dances: A Visual History” celebrates dance and educates the public about the numerous pioneers, innovators, teachers, performers, creative artists, and important historical dance events that have transformed the cultural landscape of Connecticut. The event will also feature a showcase of dance, with live performances by dancers from NVCC, Brass City Ballet and others.

Suggested donation is $10. For more information or to register for the Out for Art event, email or call 203-757-0701, ext. 316.

Arts Mean Business

The arts fill our senses while fueling the economy. The nonprofit arts and culture sector in the state of Connecticut is a $797 million industry! This is according to the newly published Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study from the Americans for the Arts, based on fiscal year 2015. These organizations spend $515 million annually, leveraging almost $282 million in additional spending by audiences – spending that pumps vital revenue into local businesses like restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages and more.

Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture industry supports over 23,000 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the study, and generates over $72 million in revenue to local and state government. A vibrant arts community not only keeps residents and their discretionary spending closer to home, it also attracts visitors who spend money and help local businesses thrive. The arts are good for Connecticut’s economy!


Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Announces New Executive Director

Following a nation-wide search, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has selected Robert Cinnante as Executive Director. Cinnante is a community-driven arts leader with more than a decade of combined experience as a performer and arts administrator. He joins the WSO after having served as the Statewide Director of Education & Outreach at Virginia Opera. Previously he was the General Manager of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for hunger-relief founded by Grammy Award winning violist Kim Kashkashian.

Cinnante also regularly acts as a consultant to artists and arts organizations, has written a number of articles and has delivered numerous lectures on a variety of topics surrounding the arts. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Robert Cinnante will be joining the WSO family,” said WSO Music Director Leif Bjaland, “He has an excellent background in the arts and is extremely knowledgeable of all genres of music. I believe he will be a tremendous asset to the WSO as well as the entire Waterbury arts community.”

The ACC welcomes Robert Cinnante to the area and looks forward to working with him and with the WSO as they kick off their 80th season, “Sonic Structures: A Visual Journey of Sound and Our Surroundings.” The celebration begins on Sunday, July 9, at 6 p.m. with Picnic & Pops in Woodbury’s Hollow Park. Visit the WSO website for more information or to buy tickets.

Robert Cinnante