The Arts & Culture Collaborative (ACC) 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 area residents. Established in September 2006 under the auspices of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation (a non-profit entity), the ACC serves as a go-to resource for arts and culture. Having just passed our 13th anniversary, the ACC continues to grow and evolve as it promotes, connects, collaborates, and advocates for the arts. It receives support and guidance from the Waterbury Regional Chamber, the CT Office of the Arts, the Connecticut Community Foundation and the arts community.
As a Regional Cultural Service Organization, the ACC works closely with the CT Office of the Arts, which is part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development. We are connected to a statewide network of similar organizations, which facilitates the sharing of information and opportunities in the arts.
Member-based, the ACC serves individual artists and performers, arts and cultural venues and organizations as well as their audiences in the greater Waterbury region, including the towns and cities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Cheshire, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury. To learn more about becoming a member, click here.
The ACC Governing Council consists of key leaders from the area’s arts, cultural and business organizations. Services provided by the ACC include marketing, advocacy, facilitating alliances and opportunities for its members and increasing awareness to the community, including collaborative efforts with businesses, municipalities and organizations. To see a list of our current Governing Council members, click here.
To see highlights from the ACC’s past decade of service to the arts community, click here to view our 10th Anniversary Slideshow.
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