July 8, 2012
LEGISLATORS, LOCAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE $150,000 GRANT
FOR WINDSOR ART CENTER
Windsor’s state representatives – David Baram, Peggy Sayers and Elaine O’Brien – joined town and local officials Monday morning to announce a $150,000 state grant for the Windsor Art Center.
Located in a modernized former freight house next to the Amtrak train station in downtown Windsor, the Art Center is open year-around and its galleries have hosted local and international shows as well as artist talks, poetry readings and monthly musical performances.
“This will help enhance the Arts Center, which has become a regional destination for residents to enjoy the visual and performing arts, including works of artists and performances of musicians from around the country, and to hear educational lectures,” said Baram (D-Windsor, Bloomfield).
“Our Windsor Art Center is truly a cultural jewel for the town and in many ways serves as a welcome mat for visitors to our community,” said Rep. Sayers (D-Windsor, Windsor Locks). “I’m very pleased we were able to secure this state grant which will help continue and expand the Art Center’s wonderful programming and events for everyone to enjoy.”
“I am pleased that the Windsor Art Center is receiving this $150,000 grant so that it can continue to serve the public with high quality arts and cultural events,” Rep. Elaine O'Brien (D-East Granby/Suffield/Windsor) said, “I thank the center's patrons and volunteers for their great work in support of the center. By working together we can ensure that the Windsor Art Center will continue to grow and contribute to our quality of life.”
Joining the state representatives in making the announcement were Ina Forman, founding and ex-officio board member of the Art Center, Windsor Mayor Don Trinks, Assistant Town Manager Emily Moon and Economic Development Director Jim Burke.
“The ongoing support of the town and Windsor’s state representatives has enabled the Art Center to bring quality arts and events to the area,” Forman said. “The efforts of Representatives Baram, Sayers and O’Brien to secure this generous grant will ensure that the Center can make substantial improvements so that it can expand and improve the community’s access to creativity and enjoyment.”
The Art Center has several events scheduled this summer. Under the banner Rough Around the Edges III, the summer program begins this weekend with a reception open to the public. Rough Around the Edges III, curated by Sarah McKay, features the work of 19 new and emerging artists.
The reception, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, will feature live music by Modern Merchant, Heirlooms and String Theorie, along with four additional bands indoors and out, and a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Windsor Art Center.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Atwater & Donnelly will perform at the Art Center. The award-winning duo provides a blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, Lorraine and Bill Liswell and Joe Gaudette will perform unique instrumental arrangements of jazz standards and Beatles songs.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Beat City Beauties, known as Hartford’s premier (and only) burlesque troupe is the final act of Rough Around the Edges III.
For more information, visit the website for the Art Center at: www.windsorartcenter.org