Benevento Fund Inaugural Program at Silas Bronson Library

The Silas Bronson Library has announced the launch of the Philip V. Benevento Fund for Cultural Programs for Adults, established through the generosity of MacDermid Performance Solutions and their COO, Frank Monteiro, in honor of Waterbury’s City Historian and former Silas Bronson Library board member Philip V. Benevento.

The public is invited to attend the inaugural program at the library on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m., featuring a special performance by the cast of Trav’lin: The 1930s Harlem Musical, arranged for the library by Semina DeLaurentis, Artistic Director of Seven Angels Theatre. The program is free; refreshments will be served.

ACC Holds Annual Meeting and Social

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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Arts Hero Honored

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.

ACC Administrator Diane Ploch presents a certificate of recognition to 2017 Arts Hero Lynnette Letsky Piombo.