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Silvermine Arts Center Receives Grants in Support of Community Outreach Programs

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Jan 24, 2013
New Canaan, CT

Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT, has been awarded two grants from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts. These grants were awarded as part of the Connecticut Office of the Arts' 2013 Arts Catalyze Placemaking programs, Arts Leadership and Connecticut Artists in Every Community.

Funding from the first grant will support the integration of Silvermine's Art Fest, an annual summer art festival now in it's third year which includes music, dance, and visual art, with the Arts Partners program, a twenty one year old outreach program that provides quality arts education to Stamford and Norwalk public schools. In the months leading up to Arts Fest, Silvermine will involve their Art Partners in various community workshops and activities that will include drumming and visual arts workshops.

The funding from the second grant will support a new Arts Partners collaboration with the Brookside Elementary third grade students and their teachers, the City of Norwalk Rec's and Parks Department, and Fodor Farm to create "Garden People." This project will ultimately provide an exciting and informative sculptural installment in a public space, while integrating learning in science, literacy and the arts for the students. Next year, the next class of third grade students can reuse this permanent installation creating a school/farm tradition for the community.

About Silvermine Arts Center
Artists have been drawn to Silvermine since 1908 when visionary sculptor Solon Borglum established it as a place for artists to gather.  Silvermine Guild of Artists was founded in 1922 and in 1924 it was formally incorporated and the School of Art was established. Today the Silvermine Arts Center includes the School of Art with more than 4,500 annual enrollments; the Artist Guild of 326 professional artists; five galleries presenting new exhibitions monthly, and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions; a gift shop featuring unique artisan works; and an outreach program offering free and subsidized curriculum based art classes in the neighboring Norwalk and Stamford schools.  We also offer panel discussions and symposia on current exhibitions, lecture series, school workshops with visiting artists, and a variety of special events and programming.

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