New London Arts Council
New London Arts Council Launches
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the newly formed New London Arts Council (NLAC) held its inaugural meeting. This initiative was spearheaded by individual artists and arts related non-profits and businesses in the city with the goal of identifying and creating opportunities to meet the artistic needs of the New London Arts Community and to work with the City and State as necessary to strengthen the arts in New London. The Mayor’s Office and Administration as well as the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition both offered support and guidance throughout the process.
A steering committee of dedicated volunteers comprised of individual artists representing varied artistic disciplines, small and large non-profit arts organizations, as well as community arts related businesses met over the course of the last year to build a structure for the new organization that is inclusive and representative of the current arts community in the City. The stated mission of the New London Arts Council is to “encourage and serve a vibrant, inclusive arts community.”
Commenting on the launch of the NLAC, New London Mayor Michael Passero offered, “the arts have always served a leading role in New London’s rich contribution to the cultural identity of the region and my administration is excited by the prospect of working with the newly established New London Arts Council as we continue building on the city’s creative legacy.”
Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition Executive Director Wendy Bury added, “with the formation of the New London Arts Council, the Cultural Coalition, City and region will have a clear point of contact and go-to resource that will further strengthen and enhance New London, a hub of arts, culture and creativity in Southeastern Connecticut.”
NLAC meetings will be open to all engaged in the arts in the City. An interim council selected by the steering committee will serve for the first six months to build membership and community support leading to selection of the first official council leadership later this year.
NEXT MEETING of the NLAC will be held on Tuesday, March 17 at 5pm at 7 Governor Winthrop Boulevard, New London, CT. (next to Cumulus Media, which is across from New London Police Department)
The group has established pages on Facebook and Instagram where updated information will be posted regularly and those interested in more information can reach out with any questions.
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New London Arts Council (NLAC) Information and Documents
NO MEETING IN MARCH DUE TO COVID
Note: This is a temporary website for NLAC. You will be directed to a permanent website once ready.