Monthly Archives: March 2012

Newtown Arts Festival 2012

By |March 14th, 2012|

The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission established the Newtown Arts Festival to promote and support the local arts and community through arts-inspired entertainment, education, exhibits, and sales. The festival will showcase all forms of creative expression, such as music, dance, theatre, literary & visual arts in the setting of a town-wide celebration.  Proceeds will support grants […]

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Newtown Arts Festival Announces Art Contest Winner, Tracy Van Buskirk

By |March 13th, 2012|

The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that Newtown resident Tracy Van Buskirk is the chosen winner for the 2012 Newtown Arts Festival art contest for her “Life in Newtown” themed entry entitled Ram Pasture.  Van Buskirk wanted to capture the town’s serenity and pleasure.  With her block print of Ram Pasture, she captured this tranquil mood and more!  Her Asian-style rendition of this early burg landmark with its soft pastels reminds viewers of many beautiful days walking or playing by the pasture’s pond or feeding the ducks. […]

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Statement by OPM Secretary Ben Barnes Clarifies Issues With Arts Funding

By |March 12th, 2012|

I would like to clarify any misunderstandings about the proposal to change the way the State funds arts organizations.

Let me be clear, the proposed budget does not eliminate funding for arts organizations.

Our goals in making these changes are simple – we want to create a system that demands accountability standards and sets performance benchmarks for organizations that receive state money. The current system of simply allocating an earmark does not do that. It does not ask the organization to disclose how that money is being spent, how much the funding provided by the state contributes to the entirety of that organization’s budget or how many people take part in a given exhibit or event. […]

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