The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK) is an arts center working to bringing healing through the arts to the children of Sandy Hook and Newtown through art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, and other creative mediums such as music, art, theater, dance, and more.
The SHACK is at 100 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, in Suite 104 — the tan building that formerly housed the Life’s a Peach boutique.
Upcoming workshops and special events include the following:
A community desire to lift up the families of Newtown has brought children’s museums throughout the state and region together to offer a series of programs titled “Museums. Love. Newtown.”
The goals of the museums and this collaborative effort, as announced by everwonder children's museum on Thursday, March 7, “are to provide exciting activities to ensure that children never lose their love of learning and engaging opportunities where families can enjoy learning together.”
EverWonder Children’s Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to open a children’s museum in Newtown, will provide free programming from April through August at a temporary facility located at 31 Peck’s Lane. Exhibits and programming will be reflective of the offerings planned for the permanent museum, once constructed. Any funds raised since 12/ 14 are being used for materials and exhibit costs for this temporary space.
Students at The Kent School were, like so many others across the state and country, upset when they heard the news of the shootings at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. And like others, many students of the independent coeducational boarding school in northwestern Connecticut began reaching out to the residents of Newtown with words of condolence.
The Newtown High School cafeteria was turned into a confectionary gathering spot on Valentine’s Day.
Vikki Grodner, the founder of Life Is Precious, traveled with her husband Ken from Alabama to help deliver thousands of cupcakes to Newtown’s first responders, the immediate families of those who lost loved ones on 12/14, and the children of Sandy Hook School. The offering was Mrs Grodner’s way of “giving the community communal hugs,” she said. She called it The Newtown Community Cupcake Heartwarmer.
A call from Chris Wenis, on the left, to Geoff Roesch, right, to thank the toy inventor for creating a toy that helped Mr Wenis’s child begin sleeping again after 12/14 resulted in a cross-county trip and the donation of dozens of similar toys for Newtown students. Also pictured is Robin Fitzgerald of Newtown Volunteer Task Force, second from left, and Toy Tree owner Tracy Schmidt.
Monroe Police Department Officers Todd Keeping and Mike Panza have been nominated for The Good Egg Award, and I say they fit the (duck) bill. Both officers are stationed at Sandy Hook School, located at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School, and both have been supplying students with smiles by way of rubber ducks.
Since the early 1990s Sliabh Notes, the beloved trio from Ireland's Sliabh Luachra (Irish Gaelic for "Mountain of Rushes"), a geographically small and musically mighty region in the southwest of the country, has been bringing the distinctive music of their native place to a worldwide audience.
On Saturday, March 9, at 8 pm, Sliabh Notes will return to Newtown Meeting House for another concert in the regular series presented by Fairfield County's own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society. This will be their fourth visit to Newtown.