Pub­lic art dog stat­ues to be auc­tioned off on Oct. 20

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS - Con­trib­uted story NORTH­WEST CON­NECTI­CUT CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

TOR­RING­TON — The North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil, North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and Prime Time House will host a pub­lic auc­tion of the Tails of NWCT dogs on Oct. 20.

The auc­tion will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chat­ter­ley’s Ban­quet Fa­cil­ity in Tor­ring­ton. Tick­ets are $20 per per­son, free for chil­dren 12 and un­der, and in­clude food, en­ter­tain­ment, and a cash bar.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive pub­lic art project brings to­gether three non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, 39 spon­sors and 34 artists from North­west Con­necti­cut in an ef­fort to build a sense of com­mu­nity in the re­gion, pro­mote tourism, en­hance the ex­po­sure of lo­cal artists, beau­tify the busi­ness dis­tricts and towns, and en­cour­age foot traf­fic into lo­cal busi­nesses.

The dogs, each painted with unique de­signs by lo­cal artists, were on dis­play around the re­gion from La­bor Day to Colum­bus Day. Hun­dreds of peo­ple took to the trails to see the dogs in per­son. Two fam­ily friendly con­tests were held as part of the pub­lic dis­play pe­riod. Par­tic­i­pants com­pleted a con­test form with the names or each dog and/or took a selfie with at least three dogs and posted them on In­sta­gram or Face­book with the hash­tag #tail­sofn­wct.

Dogs that were not pur­chased by their spon­sors will be avail­able for bid at the Tails of NW CT Auc­tion. The win­ners of the con­tests will be an­nounced that evening as well. 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.

Bids can also be made prior to the event by call­ing the Cham­ber Of­fice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, and to pur­chase tick­ets to the auc­tion, visit www.TAIL­SofN­ or call the North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Com­merce at 860-4826586.

The North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil is the re­gion’s cen­tral hub for cul­tural re­sources and in­for­ma­tion. The coun­cil serves arts and her­itage or­ga­ni­za­tions and artists of all dis­ci­plines through­out the re­gion by pro­mot­ing what they do and di­rect­ing them to re­sources that can help them re­al­ize their full po­ten­tial. They also ad­min­is­ter the Re­gional Ini­tia­tive Grant pro­gram for the state and are known for their free an­nual “Open Your Eyes” stu­dio tour, the Cul­tureMAX Awards, and the monthly printed events cal­en­dar.

The North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion works at the heart of the re­gion’s busi­ness core, sup­port­ing Read Aloud Day, Lead­er­ship North­west, Ju­nior Lead­er­ship North­west, and WOW! Fo­rum. Through the Cham­ber Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, Schol­ar­ships are be­ing es­tab­lished to as­sist with higher learn­ing and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment. These pro­grams and op­por­tu­ni­ties em­power peo­ple of all ages and help make North­west Con­necti­cut a great place to live and work.

Prime Time House em­pow­ers lo­cal adults with men­tal ill­ness to lead pro­duc­tive and in­de­pen­dent lives by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, friend­ship, hous­ing and trans­porta­tion. Mem­bers are treated with ut­most dig­nity, re­spect, and as equal part­ners in their re­cov­ery. Prime Time is ded­i­cated to re­duc­ing stigma and find­ing mean­ing­ful ways for mem­bers to bet­ter them­selves both as in­di­vid­u­als and as part of our com­mu­nity.

Con­trib­uted pho­tos

The Tails of North­west Con­necti­cut dog stat­ues will be auc­tioned off Oct. 20, af­ter be­ing dis­played around Litch­field County since Septem­ber.

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