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.


An Accordion, What Is That? A Primer For Children

An Accordion, What is That?The Connecticut Accordion Association and the American Accordionists’ Association are proud to present a children’s’ book all about the accordion!

“An Accordion, What Is That?” is a book about the accordion geared towards preschoolers and children up to second grade. It is the result of a collaborative effort by elementary school teacher Karen Uribe and illustrated by Joan Grauman. The You Tube version is a visual presentation of the book that is narrated, along with superb accordion accompaniment, by accordionist Mary Tokarski. Mary and Joan are members of the Connecticut Accordion Association. Curious young minds can listen to the accordion and learn about it through the eyes of some very special characters. The You Tube version of “An Accordion, What Is That?” can be accessed online here.


There’s nothing like holding a book in your hands and reading it to a curious young mind. For this purpose, the hard copy of this book can be purchased!!! A CD comes with the hard copy, allowing a child to listen to the presentation as s/he reads the book.

You can purchase a hard copy of “An Accordion, What Is That?” by contacting Mary Tokarski directly at 203-691-5362 or by email at
[email protected]

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Cancellations and Postponements of ACC Member Events


Given the current situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related regulations and recommendations from government and health officials, a number of our Arts & Culture Collaborative members are postponing or canceling events in the interest of community safety and health.  You will find a list below in alphabetical order of organization/venue. On behalf of our members, thank you for your understanding and patience! Stay healthy.

For more information from the State of Connecticut, please visit

Here are some steps you can take (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) if you are going to be out in public. 

Following (click “Read more . . .”) are the updates we know so far. Your best bet before attending any of the events in our ACC event guide or listed in our online calendar is to contact the venue/organization directly by calling them or visiting their website or Facebook page to see if there are any updates.