Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, and The Connecticut Office of the Arts have come together to create HealingNewtown Arts Space at 5 Queen Street (next to Caraluzzi’s).
As part of the HealingNewtown Through the Power of the Arts, the following workshops and special events have been added to the arts center’s schedule. Please visit NewtownBee.com for previously announced programs listings, or HealingNewtown.org for a full list of upcoming events.
Reservations are requested for most workshops and can be done through the art space’s website or by e-mail to info@HealingNewtown.org. Additional information is also available by calling the art space, 203-364-9230.
*Friday, March 15, 10:30 am-1 pm, Weaving Workshop.
Hanna Roehrs will offer a weaving workshop, for no more than seven participants. Beginners welcome.
*Tuesday, March 19, 1-1:45, Julie Capuano — Sing, Dance & Play Music with your Child.
Parents are invited to join Julie Capuano, of Music Together of Monroe/Newtown, to sing, dance, and play musically with their children. Chidlren up to age 7 will enjoy an interactive, 45-minute journey exploring musical activities such as circle dancing, drum play, “shimmy with your egg shakers, and wigging with scarves.”
Each family will also receive a free five-song Music Together Media CD so they can continue the music fun at home.
*Friday, March 22, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Bonding with Babies Through Music.
Julie Capuano will return for another program, this time helping parents/caregivers make music with babies through song, dance, fingerplay and rhythmic chants. This program is designed to educate parents and caregivers in understanding how infants develop in making expressive sounds and techniques to promote sound-play and sound-movement.
The program is for infants, no older than 8 months old (and their parents).
*Friday, March 22, 1:30-2:15 pm, A Musical Journey: Music Together of Monroe/Newtown
For this workshop, Julie Capuano will lead parents and children up to age 7 through song, dance and musical play. The interactive 45-minute journey will follow the same program as the March 19 “Sing, Dance & Play Music with Your Child” program with Ms Capuano.
*Saturday, March 23, at 10 am and 2 pm, Southern Comfort: Soul Collage with Lisa Plummer.
Healing artists from Virginia’s Crooked Road Heritage Trail will be traveling to Newtown to provide a relaxing day of hospitality. In this workshop, participants will joyfully deepen their understanding of the relationships between personality parts, family/community/world, and dreams, symbols, and spirit. Call 800-422-8482 to register for either of these sessions.
*Saturday, March 23, 10 am and 2 pm, Southern Comfort: Beading with Lynn Dudley.
Crooked Road Heritage Trail artist Lynn Dudley will lead two workshops, each lasting three hours.
Call 800-422-8482 to register for these sessions.
*Saturday, March 23, 10 am and 2 pm, Southern Comfort: Gardening for the Sheer Joy of It.
Master Gardener intern Gail Nordhaus will also lead two sessions on March 23, on house plant propagation. Each session will be ongoing for three hours, and registration is not required.
*Mondays, 4 pm, Knuts About Knitting.
Sharon Fraser has begun leading a weekly one-hour event, which meets Mondays at 4 and is appropriate for ages 8 to adult.
A fun and relaxing activity, knitting also helps develop manual dexterity and can even sharpen math skills. The group’s first project will be knitting a scarf. Students will learn how to cast on stitches, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and how to bind off.
After these skills have been mastered, Ms Fraser will move on to more intricate stitches and how to read a pattern.
*Saturday, March 30, 5-9 pm, Open Mic Night.
All ages event for performers and music lovers, dance lovers, families, everyone is invited. Attendees are asked to consider bringing bottled drinks, packaged snacks, or a pizza to share.
PA, drums, keyboard and amplifiers will all be provided by Guitar Center; do not bring your own drums or amplifiers, but do bring your own guitars, bass, horns etc.
Performers and attendees are being asked to park at Newtown Middle School for this event.