Arts Festival Underway!

AF alert

The week long “Celebration of the Arts” has already begun.  Don’t miss out.  Check the Arts Festival website (click on the rooster) for details on events leading up to this weekends festival.

Help Wanted

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is seeking an individual to serve as the Director of the Healing Newtown Arts Space, overseeing day-to-day administration and operations. Position currently funded for 6 months by the National Endowment for the Arts with possibility of extension if funding is available.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Management:

  • Establish and execute administrative policies and procedures for office functioning and mission development
  • Facilitate administrative infrastructure (office space, telephone and computer systems, software, data storage, records etc) in a cost-effective, professional manner

Coordinate Volunteers and Volunteer activities:

  •  Report to the NCAC on a monthly basis to update the board on all activity
  • Oversee regular operating hours
  • Work with NCAC to develop and execute ideas and operational requirements for events and initiatives
  • Foster the development of good relations with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate
  • Engage a Connecticut Peer Review Advisor for initial planning and networking input

Qualifications:

  •  Management Experience with cultural /arts organizations preferred.
  • Strength in managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for HealingNewtown.org and NCAC missions
  • Excellent Verbal and Written Communication Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Ability to delegate work and authority to volunteers/staff
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Proficiency with computers and technology, including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, record keeping systems and program scheduling software.
  • Adept with all social media platforms and strategies

 About Healing Newtown and the NCAC:

In the wake of December 14th,2012, HealingNewtown.org  was created to facilitate, support, and coordinate all arts-focused efforts made on Newtown’s behalf today and into the future.  The project is managed by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and, supported by The Town of Newtown, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and The Connecticut Office of the Arts.  The goals of HealingNewtown.org  are:  a) To manage and program arts healing efforts; b) To continue to coordinate the overwhelming response

Respond Here, Healing Newtown or by mail:

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

C/O Town of Newtown

3 Primrose Street

Newtown, CT 06470

Mural Painting Event

mural projectJoin us Thursday, August 8th 11 AM to 3 PM for a mural painting event at our new Healing Newtown location at Newtown Congregational Church 14 West Street, Newtown. Sponsored by The Art Miles Mural Project who, back in February of last year, presented 14 murals to Newtown that were displayed at the Healing Newtown Art Space and later exhibited in Hartford in tribute to Newtown’s community and families.  They are now coming to Newtown to lead this hands-on mural painting program.  According to Joanne Tawfilis, Co-Founder of The Art Miles Mural Project and a Commissioner for US National Commission for UNESCO, “Newtown has become the symbol of the need for a ‘culture of peace’ and the Art Miles Project feels the need to be with children of Newtown and be part of the healing process.”  This is an open event so stop in and be part of the art.

GrantsThe Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is delighted to announce that the Grant and Scholarship Committee has decided to name a monetary winner of the Cultural Commission Grant as well as a runner-up.
The winner will be awarded $1000 as well as space in the Cultural Commission’s tent at the Arts festival to show/sell their work.  Also, during the year succeeding their award, they will have the services of the Press/Public Relations Committee of the Cultural Commission to announce their shows and achievements as long as they are identified as a winner of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission grant.
The runner-up, though not receiving any money, will have space at the Cultural Commission’s tent at the Arts festival to show/sell their work.  Also, during the year succeeding their award, they will have the services of the Press/Public Relations Committee of the Cultural Commission to announce their shows and achievements as long as they are identified as a winner of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission grant.
Inviting the winners to join us at our tent will not only benefit the winners and the arts in Newtown, but it will further identify the benefits of the Arts Festival.
Offering the  services of the Press/Public Relations Committee of the Cultural Commission to announce their shows and achievements as long as they are identified as a winner of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission grant, will also give us extended presence  in the community.
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We are delighted to announce that Johnny A. Williams, a sculptural woodworker, has been chosen as the Winner of the Inaugural $1000 NCAC Grant.  Williams notes that he creates one of kind heirloom furniture, but adds that he also does more experimental sculptural objects. A graduate of College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking, he is the recipient of the James Krenov Memorial Scholarship there and was the “Woodwise” columnist on the website “Design Therapy.”  His work will be exhibited at the Newtown Arts Festival September 21 and 22.
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Kateleen Foy, a photography student at Hofstra University (and a resident of Newtown) has been chosen as the runner-up.  Ms. Foy has had her work appear on CNN, ABC, CBS, CTFox/Hartford Currant as well as overseas.  Her Healthy Living photograph, “Rackets” is currently on display along Kennedy Park Boulevard in Danbury. As a double major in Photography and Psychology, she hopes to attend graduate school towards certification as an Art Therapist.  Her work will be exhibited at the Newtown Arts Festival September 21 and 22.