Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thanks go out to Derby restaurant for sponsoring exhibit

A note from Council President Rich DiCarlo:

"Archie Moore's Steps Up and becomes Our Face The Music Sponsor!
Don't Miss This Wonderful Exhibition!
2 Night Opening Reception Friday & Saturday, May 23 & 24th at 7pm
37 Elizabeth Street , Derby!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Council prez paints portrait at Valley Celebration of the Arts

Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo of Derby demonstrates portrait painting Thursday in the Ansonia High School atrium.

ANSONIA -The first-ever Valley Celebration of the Arts showcasing the work of students from six area high schools was a great success!
Kudos to all the students and teachers involved in coordinating the event. 

I'm looking forward to next year's celebration. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Art is everywhere ~ please support us during The Great Give

Reminder: Support arts council through 'The Great Give'

 Valley non-profit organizations – the agencies that shore up the cracks in community services – are appealing to potential donors for support during The Great Give® annual fundraising campaign.

The Great Give® 2014 is a 36-hour online giving event today and Wednesday on giveGreater.org®, with presenting sponsors the Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Non-profits can increase the funds they receive during the drive through matching grants and prizes the foundations have coordinated.

The Great Give® will begin at 8 a.m. May 6 and end at 8 p.m. May 7. Donations must be made online at www.thegreatgive.org with MasterCard, Visa or American Express credit cards to count toward matching grants.

“Last year, Valley residents gave more than $60,000 to non-profits in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton,” said Sharon Closius, VCF President and CEO. “That was triple the amount donated in 2012 – a wonderful response that allowed non-profits to continue providing much-needed services.”

With the Valley still struggling economically, Closius said, the services non-profits provide make a crucial difference to the quality of life for our residents.  “Whether the non-profit helps people feed their families, find jobs, and recover from abuse or addiction, or supports education, health and culture, all are essential elements of any thriving community,” she said.

This year’s giving campaign coincides with a national day of giving, Give Local America, established to celebrate the centennial anniversary of community foundations. Give Local America has engaged communities across the country that are urging their residents to support local non-profits. “When you support a local non-profit, you know your gift is directly benefiting your community,” Closius said. 

For more information about The Great Give 2014, visit givegreater@cfgnh.org or call 203-777-2386.

This video was created by John Corraro, a college student who has interned with Center Stage in Shelton and the Valley Community Foundation.

Center Stage is one of nearly 40 non-profits in the Valley participating in the online giving event.

This is a press release from the Valley Community Foundation.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Offensive or fanciful?

Happened to see this online. What do you think?

I wasn't offended, instead I liked the creativity.