IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE WESTERN CONNECTICUT!
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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.
2017 AWARD PRESENTATIONS:
BUSINESS SUPPORTS THE ARTS AWARD - BRANSON ULTRASONICS CORPORATIONBranson Ultrasonics Corp. has maintained a long-standing relationship with Western Connecticut State University and in 2003, made a substantial investment in the university's new - and now highly praised - Visual and Performing Arts Center. Given their commitment, the building's central lobby is named for Branson. Celebrating over 70 years as a corporate citizen of Danbury, Branson also underwrites student scholarships and contributes to a program that permanently exhibits student artwork in the company's Danbury headquarters.
ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD - WHIP SALON
Entrepreneur Amy Pal Amy hired four different Graffiti artists to grace the walls of her local businesses, including JoyRide and Whip Salon. She has spearheaded free concerts for the Ridgefield community, and organized multiple fashion shows to support The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. In addition to raising thousands to support local arts organizations, Amy strives to bring the arts to younger generations as well. She personally recruited and brought on board an experienced, professional director at Barlow Mountain Elementary School, which subsequently presented two successful musicals, in 2015, The Wizard of Oz and in 2016, Peter Pan.
HEART OF THE ARTS AWARD - DIANE DUBREUIL
Diane Dubreuil is a watercolor painter, who has become a community art activist. As a member for 30 years and Chair of the New Milford Commission on the Arts for 10 years, she has organized and supervised hundreds of community concerts and art shows. In 2013, Diane led the formation of Gallery 25, a juried member cooperative and community art center, andIn the last year, she expanded Gallery 25 membership through a transition to a new location at the historical railroad station. Diane illustrates the characteristic of many strong leaders: sharing information and support with artists “coming up," serving as a model and an informal mentor.
The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance
"The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is directed by former lead dancers of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance; Christina & Craig Ashurst. They teach Irish Dancing to students from 3 & 1/2 through adult in Danbury, Newtown and Southbury Connecticut and were recently voted "Best Dance Studio for Kids in Connecticut" by Mommy Poppins and was also voted as "Best New Business" in Newtown Connecticut by Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Newtown Rotary.
Since opening in 2016 the Ashurst Irish Dancers have already achieved success at the New England Regional Championships with multiple podium placements, were featured on WTNH News 8 and have performed with the Celts, the Celtic Tenors and many more." Christina & Craig Ashurst
MICHAEL MOSCA AND PHIL GRABOVER
Michael Mosca and Phil Grabover are graduates of the WestConn music department and have been playing music together for nearly 10 years. It's not very common to find a duo of young musicians with such a strong bond, making them incredibly adaptable to different musical environments. Beyond their effortless communication between one another, their uniquely expressive playing creates a colorful and professional repertoire of classic and new age jazz tunes.
POP UP ART(ISAN) EXHIBIT
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School
At the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School virtually all academic subjects are taught through the arts. Music, dance, theater, visual arts, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences Waldorf students develop their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities, along with academic skills, to become individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world. All students are educated as musicians, artists AND scholars.
Display: Main lesson books from grades 1-8 will be on display. Students create their own main lesson books for each academic subject.
Katie Elkins, Artist
Born and raised in Newtown, Katie Elkins is a 2017 graduate of both Newtown High School and ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven. ECA is a half-time inter-district honors magnet high school for the arts, including visual, dance, theater, literary and music arts. For all four years of high school, Katie attended NHS in the morning, then bused to ECA in New Haven for afternoon visual arts instruction. In 2016, Katie won a Gold Key award in Photography at the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards. In August 2017, Katie began the Arts Foundation Program at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts), where she is leaning toward earning her BFA in photography and film.
Mark Boughton, Mayor, City of Danbury
ARTISANS (Center Pieces)
Brookfield Craft Center donation + work by Ken Rist, Artist