The era of HealingNewtown programs is coming to an end.
Launched in January 2013 by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the HealingNewtown project has offered dozens of programs, exhibitions, and workshops since its debut. The project’s first headquarters, in a then-vacant storefront at 5 Queen Street, was also host to numerous pieces of art, some created by local residents but the majority of which were sent to Newtown in response to 12/14.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will reintroduce the double feature with this month’s offering in its Sunday Cinema Series. Moviegoers will have the opportunity to take in a pair of classic comedies — The Flying Deuces and Ninotchka — on Sunday, June 29, at Edmond Town Hall.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has revamped its newsletter, “Vibrant Arts for a Healthy Community.” You can subscribe to the twice monthly, free, arts newsletter at www.newtownartscommission.org/newsletter, where you will also find out how you can promote your art event in the newsletter. The newsletter serves the arts organizations in town, as well as individual artists, and Newtown youth artists.
Laura E. Lerman was elected chairman of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission this week. Mrs Lerman succeeds Jennifer Johnston Cebry, an early advocate of the creation of the commission and chairman since its inception ten years ago.
Mrs Lerman was appointed to the Commission in 2012 and is also president of Newtown Choral Society.
Mrs Cebry will take the vice-chairman position, replacing Jennifer Rogers, who joined the Commission as an auxiliary member in its early years before joining as a Commissioner.
The final Fairfield Hills Authority meeting of 2013 indicated changes to come for 2014.
The role of chairman has passed from James Bernardi to authority member Thomas Connors.
Noting his “last night as chair” at the December 18 meeting, Mr Bernardi said, “I’ve got to thank you all for being volunteers dedicated to making the campus better for our town. You do it because you are dedicated, you donate your time, and I am proud of the work you all do.”
The permanent memorial to the lives lost April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Colorado was created with the participation of the Columbine school community and the efforts of an original group of 100 people, according to Doug Ireland, division chief for the Littleton (Colo.) Fire Rescue. It was Chief Ireland who cautioned the Newtown community in January 2013 that a permanent memorial to 12/14 would be “a slow process,” noting that it was eight years before the Columbine memorial was completed.
Tim Walsh, perched on stilts and juggling while towering above the crowd Sunday, December 22, entertained children during HealingNewtown’s Holiday Party at Newtown Congregational Church hall. A Bethel resident, Mr Walsh joined Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club that day.