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  • A Wonderful Way To Live

    To the Editor:

    For you, Newtown, I am first an art therapist and an educator. Next I am your neighbor living and working in New York City, as an artist and psychotherapist. I am compelled to share my gratitude with you as a community for being strong as a necessary healing process thrust upon you uninvited.

    How I became interwoven into your town’s tapestry is a story of your kindness and human connection. As the Founder of the Emerald Sketch, I chose to respond to your requests and to take action immediately.

  • SHACK Looking For Creative Ways To Continue Into The Summer

    Wendy Leahy Mitchell, Newtown High Class of ‘87 and founder/director of The SHACK (The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids), is hoping a combination of direct public support, grants, nominal fees for activities, and strategic fundraising will keep her cozy little refuge for those still feeling the effects of 12/14 available for the community.  A fundraiser on April 28 will feature an auction of art created by local children as well as celebrities including Edie Falco and Regis Philbin.

  • “The Power of Art Therapy, or How This Works: A Community Workshop”

    “The Power of Art Therapy, or How This Works: A Community Workshop,” 6-8 pm, HealingNewtown Arts Space, 5 Queen Street, free, hear from credential art therapist Nicole Porter Willcox, et al, how programs work, increased benefits of art therapy, engage in brief group art therapy project, also time for Q&A and enrollment opportunities, registration requested; 203-364-9230, HealingNewtown.org.

  • SHACK Announces New Workshops & Classes For All Ages; Special Program On March 8

    The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK) is an arts center working to bringing healing through the arts to the children of Sandy Hook and Newtown through art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, and other creative mediums such as music, art, theater, dance, and more.

    The SHACK is at 100 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, in Suite 104 — the tan building that formerly housed the Life’s a Peach boutique.

    Upcoming workshops and special events include the following:

  • HealingNewtown Workshops And Programs, March 9-22

    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).