Thanks for Nominating an Arts Hero!

The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing inspiring things in, for or through the arts in Connecticut.
Thank you to everyone who nominated an arts hero.  The review process is taking place (in mid-July) and announcements of the selected heroes will be made soon.
Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to an array of remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts – some publicly and some behind the scenes.
Recipients of the award from our region include:
2020 – Semina De Laurentis – Semina is the founder and artistic director of Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.  She has devoted herself for the past 30 years to making a difference for thousands of people by ensuring that the theater and all its activities are accessible and open to all.  Through her work, Semina reaches out to all demographics with diversity and openness in casting, programming, volunteerism and employment.
2019Chase Taylor of Waterbury – Chase is a passionate young artist and author of engaging children’s books that encourage a love of learning and imaginative play. He has championed the hurdles of his Autism diagnosis and is an inspirational role model to many; proving that having a disability does not mean a person is incapable of achieving big goals and dreams.
2018Calida Jones  – Calida is a violinist, a violin teacher and the former artistic director of Bravo Waterbury! at the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves as President of the Connecticut Arts Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization for the arts.
2017 – Lynnette Letsky Piombo of Waterbury – Lynnette is a long-time volunteer in the Waterbury arts community, advocating for and participating in a diverse set of arts-related projects, programs and organizations. She also currently serves on the Arts & Culture Collaborative’s Governing Council and Programming Committee.

Connecticut Open House Day was a Success!

Connecticut Open House Day, now in its 17th year, is an annual event held on the second Saturday of June.
The purpose of this event is to inspire Connecticut residents to learn about all the experiences in their own backyard, anticipating that this will convert them into ambassadors who will recommend these experiences to other visitors. The state heavily promotes this event and typically enjoys significant press coverage each year.
Connecticut Tourism Business Partners sent this update:

Thanks for Making the 17th Annual Connecticut Open House Day a Success!

Open House Day

This year, over 140 tourism attractions across the state—from museums, arts and cultural venues, and historical sites to nature centers, farms, and galleries—participated in the annual Open House Day event!

After a difficult year and a half, it was wonderful to see so many properties open and offering in-person or virtual experiences to Connecticut residents.

It’s a positive sign of things to come this summer tourism season!
Here are a few highlights from the State of Connecticut’s Open House Day promotion:

  • We secured over 65 media placements in print, online, and broadcast (TV/radio) media, generating over 55 million earned media impressions.
  • We generated 363,876 social media impressions and 7,495 social media engagements.
  • The Open House Day web page received thousands of hits, generating traffic to partners’ individual websites.

For more things to do this summer throughout Connecticut, visit:


Thank You for Participating in the Flying Ivories Event!

The dueling piano sensation, The Flying Ivories, were BACK by Popular Demand on Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. to help raise some much-needed funds for the arts.  This special virtual performance was supported by dueling sponsors, Ion Bank and Drew International. The event also showcased the culmination of an online fundraising auction, sponsored by Post University, featuring art, performance and products of ACC members and supporting businesses.

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets, submitted song requests and donations, participated in the auction and supported us at all levels!  

Thank You for Giving to Give Local!


We are grateful for your support of Give Local and especially for donating to the Arts & Culture Collaborative (ACC) and our arts members.  The ACC received $1,975 in donations, which will be boosted by bonus funds from generous sponsors and the Connecticut Community Foundation.  Thank you!





Our Mission

The Arts & Culture Collaborative was created to strengthen and support the arts in the Waterbury region as a central component of furthering economic and cultural development and to enhance the quality of life for our residents.

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