The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing inspiring things in, for or through the arts in Connecticut.
Thank you to everyone who nominated an arts hero. The review process is taking place (in mid-July) and announcements of the selected heroes will be made soon.
Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to an array of remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts – some publicly and some behind the scenes.
Recipients of the award from our region include:
2020 – Semina De Laurentis – Semina is the founder and artistic director of Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury. She has devoted herself for the past 30 years to making a difference for thousands of people by ensuring that the theater and all its activities are accessible and open to all. Through her work, Semina reaches out to all demographics with diversity and openness in casting, programming, volunteerism and employment.
2019 – Chase Taylor of Waterbury – Chase is a passionate young artist and author of engaging children’s books that encourage a love of learning and imaginative play. He has championed the hurdles of his Autism diagnosis and is an inspirational role model to many; proving that having a disability does not mean a person is incapable of achieving big goals and dreams.
2018 – Calida Jones – Calida is a violinist, a violin teacher and the former artistic director of Bravo Waterbury! at the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves as President of the Connecticut Arts Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization for the arts.
2017 – Lynnette Letsky Piombo of Waterbury – Lynnette is a long-time volunteer in the Waterbury arts community, advocating for and participating in a diverse set of arts-related projects, programs and organizations. She also currently serves on the Arts & Culture Collaborative’s Governing Council and Programming Committee.