HealingNewtown Workshops And Programs, February 23-March 9

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and The Connecticut Office of the Arts, have come together to create HealingNewtown Arts Space at 5 Queen Street (next to Caraluzzi’s).

As part of the HealingNewtown Through the Power of the Arts, the following workshops and special events have been scheduled, all to be at The Arts Space.

Reservations are requested for most workshops and can be done through the art space’s website, HealingNewtown.org, or by email to info@HealingNewtown.org. Additional information is also available by calling the art space, 203-364-9230.

*Saturday, February 23, 5-9 pm, Family Dance Party: Live music and dancing to The Pootatuck Ramblers, Vance and The Funky Gringos, Jim Allyn, and other local musicians.

All ages are welcome; BYO snacks (See separate story, “Family Dance Party In HealingNewtown Location, Saturday Night,” above, for additional information.)

*Sunday, February 24, 5 pm, screening of Astral, a short film by Max Galassi: Originally scheduled for February 9 but postponed due to Blizzard Nemo, the short film by Newtown High School junior Max Galassi will have its premiere screening Saturday, February 23. The film stars Jackie Winkler, and features Stephen Jones, Tracy James, and Lily Holmes.

Screenings of Moonlight (a very short film), and music videos will also be shown, and there will be an exhibition of student photography and art.

Reservations are requested, at 203-364-4707.

*Wednesdays, February 20 and 27, and March 6, 7:15-845 pm, Poetry Writing From the Heart: In this workshop for adults, participants will explore and engage ways to get their feelings onto the page, regardless of what those feelings are, in a safe, supportive space. Residents are invited to attend any combination or all three dates being offered.

Offered by Reggie Marra, integral coach, teaching poet, and the author of two volumes of poetry and three works of non-fiction, this workshop will debunk some myths about what poetry is and is not, release any concerns with being a “good writer,” and help participants put their words on the page in a way that serves them, and allows them to see themselves — perhaps in a new way, or with slightly greater clarity, or even for the first time (again).

There will be an opportunity to share — always voluntary — and respond in appreciative ways.

No previous poetry writing (or even poetry reading) experience is necessary. Registration is requested.

*Friday, March 1, 2:30 pm, Rockin’ Kids Music Concert: Join Lisa Ammon and others from Music for Aardvarks for a free interactive rockin’ music concert.

The one-hour program is for children ages 1-7, and is planned for an afternoon when Newtown schools have an early dismissal.

*Friday, March 1, 3:30 pm, Balloon Animal Sculpting with Bryan Lizotte. This special event will start right after the concert. Bryan promises to amaze all ages with his balloon creations.

*Saturdays, March 2 and 9, 1-4 pm, Drop-In Clay Date: All ages welcome

Four local artists — Pam Church, Rosalind Liljengren, Karen Pinto and Joan Zagrobelny — will lead an introductory workshop to playing with clay. Residents of all ages are invited to try with clay techniques, throw on the potters wheel, and hand-build with clay.

Drop-ins are welcome at any time during the scheduled  hours. No registration required.

*Sunday, March 3, 10-11 am, Young Artists Workshop – Springtime Mural: Artists Cathy Collins and Kim Jenkins will lead young artists in the creation of a paper mural measuring 4 by 10 feet. The children will paint a “rainbow” bridge using their hands and stamping them. The bridge will lead to a place of their imaginings incorporating outdoor signs of spring, flowers, butterflies, children playing, etc.

Each artist will help create images using paint, crayons or collage, cut out and glue their design onto the collaborative mural. Students who wish to can also create a crayon resist butterfly or turtle to take home.

Parents may stay or drop off children. Parents who stay will be welcome to join the fun, and are asked to let organizers know if they plan to paint when making reservations.

All materials will be provided.  Artists should wear old clothes: smocks will be available if they wish to wear one.

Space is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Register by emailing info@healingnewtown.org.

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