Healing Newtown

Brause Realty donates space for HealingNewtown’s art activities.

The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) met last night for the first time in its temporary headquarters for the HealingNewtown project, an operation to help NCAC to manage the overwhelming response by artists, arts organizations, stakeholders and the overwhelming number of creative contributions being offered to help Newtown.

The HealingNewtown Art Space is being donated by Brause Realty and located downtown at 5 Queen Street.  It will be used as a place for organizers to field calls related to the arts, meet with community members, facilitate contributed arts programs geared toward healing, a place for parents to meet over a cup of coffee and to get online, to display gallery of artworks from around the state and around the country, a safe meeting place for children and families during the long process of healing.  More detailed information will be forthcoming, and the grand opening will be February 14, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

David Brause, President of Brause Realty Inc., said,” As owners of the Shoppes at Newtown, we are so pleased to contribute retail space to the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.  In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we are glad to be a part of the healing process that this group will enable.”

Coordination of arts related contributions

The Newtown Cultural Commission serves as a liaison for all arts related offers to help families and Newtown. Major support for the HealingNewtown project is being provided by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and DECD Connecticut Office of the Arts with planning, development, and implementation. First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra extends sincere thanks for the generosity of caring persons in creative communities and encourages those interested to please work through the Cultural Commission so that efforts may be better coordinated and produce the desired outcomes.

Creative and monetary contributions

Nearly 400 offers have been received so far by visual and performing artists, arts therapists, arts organizations, and various stakeholders looking to connect with this effort. The Commission receives at least 15-20 offers a day regarding the arts, including offers to conduct workshops and programs, to donate art, music and dance performances fundraising events, murals and memorials.  “This group is archiving all these very kind offers for us to review when we are ready to consider our plans for a permanent memorial”, says Pat Llodra, First Selectman.

Anyone looking to donate artwork or a creative idea to help the healing process should go to www.healingnewtown.org and complete a ‘call to action’ form.  Volunteers are getting organized and will be contacting people very soon to begin coordination.  Monetary contributions are also possible through the website.  The HealingNewtown Arts Fund has been established by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and designed to receive only arts related contributions.  The Cultural Alliance will not take any percentage of the fund for administrative purposes.

About the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut (formally the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance), based in Danbury, Connecticut is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. We promote and advocate for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. We understand and believe that the arts sector is a critical engine for growth through creativity, innovation and collaboration. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in the Housatonic Valley region. We are supported by public funding, corporate and private contributions, and by our members. www.artswesternct.org