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.