Community arts project an­nounced to cel­e­brate the Year of the Dog


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The North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil, North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and Prime Time House are pleased to an­nounce a col­lab­o­ra­tive pub­lic art project called Tails of NWCT, which will build a sense of community in the re­gion, pro­mote tourism, and en­hance the ex­po­sure of lo­cal artists.

Tails of NWCT will also beau­tify the business dis­tricts and towns, en­cour­age foot traf­fic into lo­cal busi­nesses, and cel­e­brate the unique­ness of the area.

Lo­cal artists are in­vited to cre­ate unique works of art by paint­ing or dec­o­rat­ing fiber­glass dogs. Busi­nesses and community mem­bers are en­cour­aged to foster dogs for the event by spon­sor­ing a dog, of which there are four types. The com­pleted art dogs will be on dis­play through­out North­west Con­necti­cut from mid-Au­gust through Columbus Day week­end. A re­gional map of all the dis­play lo­ca­tions for the com­pleted Tails of NWCT art dogs will be avail­able to res­i­dents and tourists. Dogs that are not pur­chased back by their spon­sors will be avail­able for bid at the Tails of NWCT Auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 20th at Chat­ter­ley’s Ban­quet Fa­cil­ity in Tor­ring­ton.

“We are elated to have an­other op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with Prime Time House and the Cham­ber’s Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. Our suc­cess last year with Over the Edge was largely due to our non­profit part­ner­ship,” said Amy Wynn, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil. “Tails of NWCT is yet an­other op­por­tu­nity for the three or­ga­ni­za­tions to truly en­gage the re­gion’s cit­i­zens in a va­ri­ety of ways. We chose dogs as the theme be­cause 2018 is the Chi­nese Year of the Dog. Dogs are very much a part of our lives, whether you own one or not. We can’t wait to see the amaz­ing de­signs that our re­gion’s pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur artists will pro­pose and cer­tainly the com­pleted Tails of NWCT dogs are sure to cap­ture our hearts.”

All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the three col­lab­o­rat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions, en­abling them to strengthen arts and culture, pro­vide schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, and im­prove the men­tal health of those liv­ing in North­west Con­necti­cut.

“We look for­ward to an­other out­stand­ing pub­lic art project through this col­lab­o­ra­tion with Prime Time House, the NW CT Arts Coun­cil and the Cham­ber’s Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, said JoAnn Ryan,

Pres­i­dent & CEO of the North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Commerce. “This gives us the op­por­tu­nity to show­case our spe­cial north­west Con­necti­cut re­gion to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike and high­lights the par­tic­i­pants, artists and community.”

For in­for­ma­tion about the project, in­clud­ing spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­for­ma­tion for prospec­tive artists, visit or call the North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Commerce at 860-482-6586.

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