Spring is finally here and event coordinators at The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK) are gearing up to celebrate with special events.
The 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.
The mission of The SHACK is to provide a safe haven for children and families to come to heal and explore various art forms while expressing themselves creatively in a nurturing, safe environment. Our educational and therapeutic programs are taught by board certified and licensed professional therapists.
The following events have recently been added to the arts center’s schedule. Please visit NewtownBee.com (search for The SHACK) for previously announced programs — including many that have been planned for April 15-19, when Newtown schools will be on April break — or SandyHookArtsCenter.org for a full list of upcoming events.
(Please note that the previously announced series of theater workshops by Brooklyn-based Imagine Project, scheduled to take place during spring break, April 14-19, have been cancelled. The SHACK will instead host a series of different workshops, with details offered below.
In addition, The Awesome 80s Prom, a fundraising event being planned for April 20, has been postponed; new date TBA.)
Upcoming workshops and special events include the following:
*Monday, April 15, to Friday, April 19, Spring Break Camps at The SHACK.
Workshops will run from 9 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm each day, with drumming, sculpture, puppet making, musical theatre, improv, art and more.
Suggested donation is $40 per session, or $70 per day. Any proceeds from workshop fees help fund ongoing free programs at the art center.
*Saturday, April 20, 11 am to 1 pm, Sing & Sign with Ms Janine.
Singing and signing her way all over CT for the past two decades, Ms Janine’s contagious smile and catchy tunes will have kids dancing, singing and signing with American Sign Language!
Children and families of all ages will enjoy an Earth Day themed music session followed by a puppet show, arts and crafts, and face painting.
There is a $7 suggested donation per person, or $25 for a family of four.
*Sunday, April 21, 3 pm, Healing Family Drum Circle with Lydia Smith.
Percussion instruments will be provided or bring you can bring your own for this free event. Space is limited so registration is suggested.
(A second session at 4 pm will be added if there is enough interest.)
*Friday, April 26, 7-9 pm. Teen Karaoke Night.
Outdoors under the tent at The SHACK. $5 suggested donation
*Saturday, April 27, three events: The SHACK will participate in the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) Spring Fling Block Party, 11 am to 4 pm; representatives from the art center will also be at the Newtown Earth Day Festival at Newtown Middle School, 10 am to 4 pm, where kids can make recycled art projects our of found objects; and then from 7 to 9 pm, back at The SHACK, it will be Open Mic Night under the tent.
Bring your guitar, instrument or voice, and jam under the tent. There is a $10 suggested donation, and registration is requested for performers.
*Sunday, April 28, from 3-7 pm, Visions of Tomorrow Art Show & Auction.
Presented by Bear Givers, Inc., this event will feature an auction of art by local children who have been visiting The SHACK in recent weeks, along with works donated by Newtown High School Creative Cultural Arts Council students, State Senator Joseph Lieberman, Regis Philbin, Edie Falco, and others.
There will also be a live broadcast by radio 104.1, live music by Guy Tino & friends, a guitar raffle sponsored by Route 7 Music, and hors d’oeuvres provided by Sandy Hook Deli & Sandy Hook Wine & Liquor.
As with donations from any programs, 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The SHACK.