Join Dixie Longate for Happy Hour to Benefit the Arts

Dixie's Happy Hour
Have you seen or heard of Dixie Longate? If so, you’d remember as she’s pretty hard to forget! She used to hold Tupperware Parties but with the COVID environment, she’s moved on to hosting a Happy Hour ( and a half). Dixie Longate aka Kris Anderson wants to give back to the theaters that are struggling during the pandemic, so 80% of proceeds from Dixie’s Happy Hour Stream will benefit the theaters and institutions that have helped Dixie rise to stardom.

The Palace Theater and the Arts & Culture Collaborative are co-presenting this new streaming show for a limited engagement.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 4 at 5:30 pm and Sunday March 7 at 4:30 to tune in to the show benefitting the ACC and the Palace. The Palace has generously offered to split their proceeds with us for this particular show, so the ACC will benefit from 40% of each ticket sold for the engagement on March 4th and 7th.  A $38 ticket buys your whole household a boatload of laughs. See below for other dates and details. 

Right now, the world needs a drinking buddy, and there’s no one more qualified for the job than Alabama’s favorite daughter, Dixie Longate — a gal who’s never too far away from a cocktail.Spend an evening with Dixie on this uproariously raucous joyride where she’ll inspire you to find your personal happy hours while serving up the four basic food groups: gin, rum, vodka and tequila.  Dixie Longate, everyone’s favorite Alabama redhead, is back with an all-new streaming show. If you’ve been to thesmash off-Broadway hit Dixie’s Tupperware Party or spent time with her in Dixie’s: Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 other things I learned while I was drinking last Thursday) then you know Dixie’s sweet charm and infectious southern drawl always keep you in stitches. This time around, she’s going digital to bring you some new stories while she’s mixing up some cocktails and challenging you to find the Happy Hours that are right in front of you but you may be overlooking.

Feb. 25: 6:30 pm (Palace benefit) Purchase ticket
Feb. 26: 5:30 pm (Palace benefit) Purchase ticket 8:00 pm (Palace benefit) Purchase ticket
Mar. 4: 5:30 pm (ACC & Palace benefit) Purchase ticket
Mar. 7: 4:30 pm (ACC & Palace benefit) Purchase ticket
March 5: 8 pm (Palace benefit) Purchase ticket March 6: 8 pm (Palace benefit) Purchase tickets
Dixie’s Happy Hour is a virtual event. Purchase your $38 ticket through the link next to the date and time of your choice and the streaming link will be sent to your email address prior to your showtime and happy hour! Thank you for supporting us.


Cultural Capacity Building Webinar Links

The CT Office of the Arts and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1, presented a series of Cultural Capacity Building Webinars for the arts sector in December.   Topics ranged from cooperatives and collaborations to financial strategies and fully secured borrowing as well as resources from the Small Business Administration and Tech Soup.  Below is a full list of links,* resources and contacts from those webinars.

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Candidate Forum/Create the Vote


On Oct. 15th, the Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region, in conjunction with NWCT Arts Council and CT Arts Alliance held a Candidates Forum on Zoom. Seven legislative candidates joined us to answer questions about their support of the arts with respect to our economy, quality of life and healing from the pandemic.  

The session was one of five statewide regional forums, as part of Create the Vote CT, a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for public office.

Be informed. Watch what our legislative candidates had to say. Vote by Nov. 3!


The ACC is a regional partner in Create the Vote CT, a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for public office. Be sure to vote by Nov. 3. Pledge to vote today.

Help us spread the word about the importance of arts and culture in revitalizing our state’s economy and recovering from the pandemic.
Let our legislative candidates know you value the arts – and they should, too!
The Arts & Culture Collaborative is a regional partner in Create the Vote CT, a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for public office. This November, you may vote in one of the most important elections in recent history. Connecticut cannot recover without the arts. With so much at stake, we need YOU, as a member of the arts community, to please ACT. 
Step 1: Pledge to #CreatetheVoteCT (click the button below)
This is not a financial pledge. This is a commitment to carry out your right to vote and encourage others to vote.
Step 2: Invite others to make the pledge to vote.
Step 3: Explore candidate questionnaires.
Step 4: Participate in a candidate forum.
Step 5: Help boost voter turnout.
Create the Vote Pledge
Go to for more information and be sure to vote by Nov. 3rd!

Artists Sunday

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Artists Sunday
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Let’s Help Individual Artists Thrive!
Skip Black Friday. Shop Artists Sunday!
Artists Sunday is an arts-focused shopping day the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, the largest shopping weekend of the year! The goal is simple: to help artists sell more of their work during the fall holiday season and to help shoppers find unique, personal and hand-made gifts for their loved ones!
Planted squarely in the midst of the largest holiday shopping weekend of the year, Artists Sunday aims to make the Sunday after Thanksgiving the arts’ most profitable day annually, boosting sales for creators of art, crafts and handmade items while encouraging consumers to purchase art as holiday gifts.
Artists Sunday encompasses a full spectrum of the arts from painting, sculpture, and photography to clothing, jewelry, pottery, and a range of handcrafted items that can be both practical and beautiful. Artists Sunday is also free for artists creating experiential works of art (think dance, music and theater) Types of Artists? View a non-exhaustive list.

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Our Mission

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.

P.O. Box 1469
Waterbury CT 06721

83 Bank Street, 4th Floor
Waterbury CT 06702
203-757-0701 (Ext 316)