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 (click on Calendar, and then choose the event) or by e-mail to info@HealingNewtown.org. Additional information is also available by calling the art space, 203-364-9230.
*Saturday, March 9, 11 am to 12:30 pm, Music Performance for Children and Families with Evan Gottfried. Mr Gottfried’s music reflects a spirit of imagination, as well as a message of empowerment through determination. He hopes to inspire kids (and adults) to be creative and silly.
*Sunday, March 10, at 3 pm, Song Power: An Intergenerational Song Circle: Join Teaching Artist Victoria Christgau, founder of The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence and director of The Peace is Possible Chorus (Litchfield County), and members of The LEVAS (Lift Every Voice And Sing) Gospel Choir from Hartford to sing songs of peace and freedom from a variety of cultural and faith traditions.
Songs will be taught though call and response, no previous singing experience necessary. All are welcome.
*Monday through Wednesday, March 11–13, 6:30 to 9 pm, Songs From the Ground Up: High school students who are passionate about music, have a song idea, write lyrics, poems or short stories, have an interest in music technology, play guitar, piano or drums, or like to sing… anyone with any of these interests is invited to an interactive music workshop that takes individuals straight through the music making process.
Young adults are invited to be a part of creating music that is current, exciting, a lot of creative fun.
*Wednesdays, March 13 and 20, and Thursday, March 21, The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman: Kindergarten students are invited to attend one or any combination of these classes with Ms Hoffman. One-hour classes will be offered twice each day, the first beginning at 11 am and the second at 1 pm.
Children will enjoy a chance to express their artistic talents freely while being introduced to various arts and crafts projects. Through direction and suggestions, children will be guided through friendship making bead bracelets and necklaces, paper plate bugs, and other fun and lively arts and craft projects.
Classes will be limited to approximately ten children per session.
*Thursday, March 14, 4 to 5:30 pm, Doodle Journaling: Ages 8–14 invited to join graphic novelist Karen Romano Young for Doodle Journaling, a combination of writing and drawing used to tell stories.
Ms Young uses this technique in her graphic novels — Doodlebug and Stuck in the Middle (Of Middle School) — and in her graphic science comics Humanimal Doodles.
She will guide students to an understanding of the language of cartooning: fonts, lettering and using pictures instead of words. Those who already doodle are invited to bring their journals and drawings and find a name for the they you are already creating.
Paper, black pens, and gray or colored brush-point pens will be provided.
*Thursdays, March 14 and 21, 3 pm, Drawing School For The Day: All ages are invited to join renowned artist Regina Rayzvikh on a weekly workshop to explore the artist inside you. The fun yet intensive workshop will teach the fundamentals of drawing and painting. From cartoon characters to 3D objects, students will learn about proportion, perspective and shadowing among many other things.
The workshops are designed specifically for those seeking self-expression, preparing for prestigious art programs, and aiding both children and adults. The environment will encourage artists to relax, focus on their creativity, and thrive in the company of fellow schoolmates.
*Thursday, March 14, 6 to 8 pm, The Power of Art Therapy, or How this Works: A Community Workshop. This educational experiential workshop is for adult community members with minimal knowledge of art therapy who may be interested in understanding this clinical creative form of healing. It will be led by Nicole Porter Willcox, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCAT.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a group art therapy experiential activity led by a credentialed art therapist. Following this, a psycho-educational discussion will be facilitated providing explanation and insight into the brief example group session experienced.
Art therapists will also provide information on the increased benefits of how art therapy with a trained professional is a useful therapeutic intervention when healing complex trauma. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
An additional purpose of this experiential is to encourage and initiate opportunity for community members to enroll individuals of all ages and backgrounds in a series of group art therapy sessions to be hosted by members of the Art Therapy Connecticut Task force throughout the spring.
Art Therapy will be an ongoing project at HealingNewtown.
*Monday, March 18, 3 to 5:30 pm, Fiction Writing for the Text & Tweet Generation: Middle and high school students can join writer and actress Jan Neuberger (original company of Wicked, among many other credits) for a unique workshop focusing on incorporating the necessary elements of an effective story into a short format.
Exercises will include interactive improvisations as well as writing, with each participant having generated and shared a story by the end of the second hour. Snacks will be provided.
*Friday, March 22, 6 to 10 pm, “All Hands In: A Community Celebration Through Traditional Song and Dance.”
See full details about this event here: All Hands In: A Celebration Of Community Through Traditional Song & Dance