Culture Connect Featured Event
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will co-host a region-wide, free networking event – CultureMIX - on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30-7:00 PM at Whiting Mills Studios in Winsted, CT.
RSVPs are required via the link for which is on the Arts Council’s home page – www.artsnwct.org
People from the cultural community, ranging from individual performing, visual and literary artists, artisans, historians, staff, board members, patrons, and volunteers of cultural institutions and venues that offer cultural programming within and around the 25-town region served by the Arts Council are invited to attend this free networking event.
This is one in a series of successful CultureMix events co-hosted by the Arts Council and acclaimed arts and cultural institutions throughout the northwest region.
At the CultureMIX the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will be providing information about its newest projects, in addition to its current services. The CultureMIX events, organized by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council two to three times per year, have allowed many people the opportunity to make new professional connections which lead to additional resources and to forming real collaborations.
The Arts Council's board and staff also take advantage of the opportunity to hear first-hand from people in the cultural community about how the Council can better service the region and what projects and collaborations people are currently involved in.
Winsted, settled in 1750, was one of the first mill towns in Connecticut. In the late 1800s Winsted Hosiery was a small manufacturer of men's hosiery and occupied two red brick industrial buildings and a stone building on Whiting Street.
The company later expanded its products and became the largest hosiery manufacturer in Connecticut. Whiting Mills LLC was established in June of 2004 when Jean Paul and Eva Blachere purchased the 135,000 square foot complex.
Over the years, the building served as an incubator for small business who got their humble beginnings there. Today there are 42 tenants; artists, artisans, master woodworkers, specialty shops, Northeast Farrier Supply, Hitchcock Chair Company, a precision machine shop, and spring manufacturer.
Within the building you will find unique studios of artists and craftspeople making one-of-a-kind creations in a wide variety of media including jewelry, quilting, pottery, photography, paintings, furniture, weaving, upholstering/drapes, and unique handcrafted art pieces.
There are a variety of studio classes at all levels, a showroom/gallery, and meeting areas available to the public. On the main floor you will also find specialty shops containing sports cards and memorabilia (Joe's Baseball Cards & Memorabilia Store), quilting/yarn supplies (Quilted Ewe), and miniature railroad trains and hobby supplies, (RR Hobby and Supply).
We are excited to partner with the Arts Council for the CultureMIX. Whiting Mills is a busy place and we welcome every opportunity to invite the public to explore all that is happing here and meet with the artist and craftspeople,” said Sandy Evans, manager of the Mill. “Whiting Mills is unique in that it provides a hard-to-find combination of a retail showcase together with the showcase artists in their studios where people can see firsthand how the works are being made and talk to the artists who are making these works,” explained David Archambault, a Mill tenant and marketing coordinator for the Mill.
There is so much happening at the Arts Council and throughout the region, and the CultureMIX is a place and time when everyone can get together and share that information in person. We are all so barraged with various forms of electronic communications. Nothing replaces the conversation, the hand shake, the true exchange of tips and ideas,” said Amy Wynn, Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.
The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to promote the arts and cultural resources of Northwestern Connecticut as integral contributors to the quality of life in the region, to assist all artists and cultural organizations in their efforts to thrive, and to inform the general public about, and give access to the arts and culture of the region.
The Council serves Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village/Canaan, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Winchester, and towns surrounding this service area.
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. For more information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council or information about or directions to the October 23rd CultureMIX, call(860) 618-0075, email [email protected] or go to www.artsnwct.org.