DANBURY — Local musicians, artists, and community members will gather Sunday, July 21, on the Danbury Green for an outdoor concert to benefit HealingNewtown, a public arts center in Newtown established in response to 12/14.
HealingNewtown Through the Arts is a project of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
Healing Newtown, no question, requires — among other things — a lot of heart and some juggling of events and various efforts among residents. On July 12, the painting of fired clay hearts used for helping others heal and actual juggling were forms of healing that took place for attendees at a HealingNewtown-hosted event.
Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon.
First Selectman Pat Llodra has announced that Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support HealingNewtown. Mrs Llodra made one of the first announcements about the grant on Friday, June 14, while a guest on CT Public Radio’s “The Colin McEnroe Show.”
On Tuesday, June 18, Mrs Llodra was joined by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty in formally announcing the award.
Commenting that The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble wanted “to perform dances that will heal the hearts of all who see them,” the dance company has announced it will be performing Thursday, June 13, at 7 pm, in Newtown High School auditorium.
“Following the shootings in Newtown, our dancers and staff were moved with compassion for the families and Newtown,” added Irina Linn, co-founder of the ensemble. “Don’t miss this opportunity to see this appealing family favorite. You will leave inspired!”
June is National Adopt A Cat month, and I like #1 on the American Humane Society website: If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
If adopting a cat is out of the question, how about going to look at some big cats? Saturday, June 15, is Newtown Day at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. Show your Newtown identification, and entry to the zoo is just $5, 10 am to 4 pm. Seems like it could be at grrr-eat outing.
Good news came with the bad on Tuesday, May 21: HealingNewtown Arts Space will close at its doors at its current 5 Queen Street location on Wednesday, May 22, but volunteer director Rob Rabinowitz said he “hopes to hear good news soon” regarding leads on a new location.
“We are negotiating for space,” which will be announced, he said Tuesday, May 21. Until then, programming locations will be listed in the HealingNewtown.org calendar of events.
I am the founder of Voices For Heroes. I have to tell everyone about my experience with HealingNewtown Art Space. Evan and I, at Voices For Heroes, have been trying to sell a tribute CD for Newtown to help fund HealingNewtown Art Space. While the sales are slow, there is nothing we can do, as we watch HealingNewtown lose their space.