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Calling Connecticut Authors and Illustrators: The Connecticut Book Awards Are Back! Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut  February 22nd, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM,  @287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 The first event in the series, "The Connecticut Book Awards: Calling Connecticut Authors & Illustrators".  

Calling Connecticut Authors and Illustrators: The Connecticut Book Awards Are Back!

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut 
February 22nd, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, 
@287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810

The first event in the series, "The Connecticut Book Awards: Calling Connecticut Authors & Illustrators".

 

NOMINATE AN ARTS HERO!

The Arts Hero Awards honor Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary things in, for or through the arts. The 2018 Arts Hero Awards theme is RESILIENCY!

Do you know a special someone - a HERO - who is resilient and is doing extraordinary things in, for or through the arts in their community? If yes, please nominate them for a 2018 Arts Hero Award! You can do so by completing the nomination form. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 23, 2018.

The 2018 Arts Hero Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 as part of Connecticut Arts Day 2018!

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Rock, Roll & Soul with Liberty Devitto & The Slim Kings and Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Saturday February 24, 2018 @8PM
The Palace Danbury
165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810


Lullaby Requiem

In the history of classical music, there has never been a major orchestral and choral requiem written as a memorial for the children we have lost to violence! It was with this thought that Eric Lewis began composing the Lullaby Requiem.

The Lullaby Requiem is conceived as an eleven movement symphony. Six movements are currently completed, the other 5 awaiting funding that will allow the project to continue and move forward into production.

 
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PARALLEL PRACTICES

Curated by Lori Glavin and Patricia Spergel

Closing Reception/Gallery Walk with the Artists: Sunday, March 4, 2 – 4 p.m.

Parallel Practices will showcase the cross pollination of ideas across different mediums and the unexpected variety of creative expression that often happens concurrently in artists’ studios.

Participating Artists: Harriet Bellows, Matt Bollinger, Guy Corriero, Deborah Dancy, Fukuko Harris, Carol McMahon, Patricia Miranda, Elisa Soliven, Martha Tuttle, Alan Wiener, Mie Yim

Marian Anderson Celebration Feb 27

Western Connecticut State University will host a community birthday celebration for Marian Anderson, a musical and civil rights icon who lived in Danbury.

Anderson was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and later in life she was recognized with several awards, including the Medal of Freedom. She sang at the inaugurations of presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

“Marian Anderson represents the best that America had to offer the world, and we can claim her as a Danbury treasure,” said Dr. John Clark, WCSU president. “We are going to celebrate her in order to reflect the rich cultural and historical diversity of Danbury.”

Clark and Brian Vernon, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, will lead the celebration in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018,  the 121st anniversary of Anderson’s birth.

 

Library Card Design Contest

Submission Deadline: February 16th @ 5pm
Students Grades K-12
Get your art materials out and your creativity flowing. We want you to design the next generation of library cards!

Design a colorful card either using traditional materials or in a digital medium. Your original artwork must fit inside a horizontal rectangle measuring 8 x 5 inches and be free of copyright restrictions. For full details of design guidelines, click here.

We will choose two winning designs — one from a student in grades K-5 and another from grades 6-12. Each winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Submissions must be made by February 16th at 5pm. Entries may be submitted at the Junior Floor Desk or by e-mail to tcarvalho@danburylibrary.org.

Designs will be judged by a panel of Library staff, the Mayor, and FRIENDS of the Danbury Library. A selection of entries will be on display in the Library beginning February 26th. The Library will hold an awards celebration to announce the winning designs on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 5:30pm.

 
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Ride a Vintage Train to Visit the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny will once again pay a visit to the Danbury Railway Museum and you can take a ride in a vintage train through the historic railyard to visit him. This popular annual family event will take place on Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, and Friday & Saturday, March 30 & 31.  Museum hours are 10:00-4:00 on Friday and Saturday; noon-4:00 on Sunday. Trains leave every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 3:30.  Admission is $12.00 (age 2 and over); each child will receive a small gift from the Bunny.  Reservations are suggested and may be made by visiting the museum’s Web siteat  http://www.danburyrailwaymuseum.org/easter.htm.

The Arts Mean Business 

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts' fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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