LET'S CELEBRATE WESTERN CONNECTICUT!
The Cultural Alliance's fundraising event serves to recognize outstanding support by business leaders and extraordinary volunteers as well as to increase visibility for arts and culture in Western Connecticut. Live entertainment, original artwork, and stakeholders who represent a cross section of artists, business and community leaders connecting! Excellent networking event and just a fun and unique opportunity to get in front of leaders in the region to highlight contributions and celebrate the arts! Proceeds to support services provided by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
2016 AWARD PRESENTATIONS
DOYLE COHEN ARCHITECTURE, Ridgefield
The recipient of the top honor of the day, the BSA Award, Doyle Cohen Architecture is a second generation architectural firm located in Ridgefield, CT. The firm maintains a commitment to excellence with regard to architectural planning, sustainable design, use of technology, and their local community. While their generosity is focused on creative resources in Ridgefield, the impact extends beyond town limits to the entire region. For more than ten years, DCA has been involved in building projects, either providing pro-bono work or as members of a building committees providing expertise, with attention to historic aesthetic and context. They are relentlessly committed to helping non-profit, cultural organizations such as the Lounsbury House & Community Center; The Ridgefield Theatre Barn; The Ridgefield Guild of Artists; The Ridgefield Library, and the celebrated Prospector Theatre. Doyle Cohen Architecture has provided nearlyb 250K in support to the cultural community since 2004.
BETHEL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
The Arts in the Community awardee, led by Director Janice Chrzescijanek, views art as a commonsense tool to make the town better. Art, Chrzescijanek believes, can be a draw for business and lead to an enriched lifestyle for residents. Under her direction, Bethel Economic Development Office has spent several years creating the momentum for a walking art tour in downtown Bethel that was put in place this summer and will run for the next year, drawing visitors and creating a new and artistic brand for Bethel.
HOWARD LASSER, Brookfield
A longtime Brookfield resident, former finance executive and political candidate, Howard Lasser, Heart of the Arts honoree, dedicated nearly two years to help the Brookfield Craft Center after they reopened in 2014. Mr. Lasser serves as BCC’s Executive Director volunteering well over 40 hours per week to run the day to day operations with this historic cultural institution. “Howard’s commitment to the craft center is indicative of his understanding of how critically necessary the arts are to the health of a community; both its economic vitality and the quality of life offered its residence,” commented Mary Daniel, former chairman of the board of Brookfield Craft Center.
HANCOCK HALL, Danbury
Recipient of the first Arts Impact Life Award, Hancock Hall is connected with Filosa health care services. Both are privately owned and operated skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in the heart of Danbury, Connecticut. Under the direction of Jennifer Malone-Seixas, Hancock Hall brings art, culture and social enjoyment to those who live there. Hancock Hall is a partner with the Accessible Art Project presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. “The impact on the lives of those who live at Hancock Hall and the staff that work there has been tremendous,” says Kathy Hehl Curran, Director of Admissions. “I feel like it’s like a 'Museum' came to Hancock Hall. Many of our residents are quite elderly and less mobile and would never have the opportunity to go to the museum or gallery to view the various artists works.”
A creative playground for ALL ages. Let your imagination soar while guided by our talented teaching artists in all areas of artistic expression. They offer classes in visual arts, music, theater and dance. From photography and animation classes to hip-hop dance and acting,
El Conguero Entertainment
Latin Percussion * Live Entertainment * Party Motivation * DJ/Entertainer * Professiona Ballroom Dancing
POP UP ARTISAN'S EXHIBIT
A UNIQUE RETAIL + DESIGN CO-OP located at 287 Main Street, Danbury.
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture, DECD CT Office of the Arts
Mark Boughton, Mayor, City of Danbury
ARTISANS (Center Pieces)
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut based in Danbury, Connecticut is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. We promote and advocate for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people.
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