CITY TO UNVEIL 900-SQUARE-FOOT MURAL WITH THEME UNIQUE TO WATERBURY
COMMUNITY MOSAIC TO BE CELEBRATED WITH BLOCK PARTY
WHAT: Unveiling of Waterbury’s Community Mosaic, assembled on stage at the Palace Theater during a nine-day period by hundreds of dedicated volunteers and Waterbury students. The 900-square-foot mosaic is mounted on the outside wall of the building at 90 South Main Street. Thirty 3-by-5 foot panels were erected by Industrial Riggers of Waterbury on the building façade this week. To celebrate this community partnership of the arts and economic development, Mayor Neil M. O’Leary will host a block party featuring food trucks and live music performance by Waterbury’s own- Guy Malone Band. South Main Street will be shut down from the Webster Bank parking lot to the Apothecaries Hall building.
WHY: The City of Waterbury and the Arts and Culture Collaborative of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation were chosen by Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) to participate in the state's City Canvases Initiative. The program is designed to jumpstart the rebirth of downtown areas by using visual arts to improve public spaces. It is part of the DECD Office of the Arts’ place-making initiative to turn cities and towns into destinations where people want to live, work and visit. Waterbury is one of seven municipalities to receive a grant from the City Canvases Initiative. In-kind services, matching funds and sponsorships also contributed to the total project budget. Sponsors will be acknowledged at the event.
WHO: Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, DECD Deputy Commissioner Kip Bergstrom, Palace Theater Executive Director Frank Tavera, artists Bruce and Joanne Hunter, city and state officials, hundreds of project volunteers.
WHERE: 90 South Main Street, behind Webster Bank, downtown Waterbury.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.