AMPed UP

AMPed UP
April 23, 2019

Meet Ruthie Ursone Napoleone, who joined AMP as development manager in February!

Ruthie is a Winsted native who most recently worked as the communications and community specialist at Camp Jewell YMCA, where she implemented the camp’s communication strategies and built meaningful community partnerships. Her past work experiences in Litchfield County include positions at NW CT’s Chamber of Commerce and The Litchfield County Times. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Marist College and a M.S. in School Counseling from Central Connecticut State University. At AMP, Ruthie works on grantwriting, sponsorship, membership, and other development initiatives. She is most excited about working alongside and learning from AMP’s team of dynamic and accomplished professionals. She and her husband, Tony, live in Winsted with their two children (and one black cat). In her spare time, Ruthie can be found reading a book, traveling with her family, alpine skiing, or volunteering with Boy Scout Troop 1027, Winsted Youth Soccer, and Winchester Public Schools.

Register Citizen

Register Citizen
April 19, 2019

American Mural Project founder and artistic director Ellen Griesedieck will receive the Connecticut Art Education Association (CAEA) 2019 Distinguished Service to the Profession award. One of seven arts professionals being honored, Griesedieck will receive the award at the CAEA annual awards dinner, April 28 at the Country Club of Farmington, where she will be recognized for her outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of art education. Click here to read the full article.

Building Up and Raising Funds

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Building Up and Raising Funds
April 15, 2019

Thanks to Eversource CT for their grant in support of AMP's summer enrichment programs! They see the value of giving children and teens the opportunity to spend time outdoors—learning, designing, inventing, building, growing, and more. AMP continues to be committed to providing young people with learning opportunities that cultivate the skills and self-reliance needed for the next generation!

Art at Work: Education

Art at Work: Education
April 5, 2019

Our "Whole School Mural" project finished up at the Renzulli Academy in Hartford, and the pictures of what they accomplished are incredible! Led by AMP teaching artist, Kathy Reddy, 130 students in 4th-8th grade created three 4' x 8' plywood panels depicting their school community, complete with the Hartford skyline, school buildings, self-portraits, and even their night janitor. Lots to ❤️ about this!

Art at Work: Education

Art at Work: Education
March 27, 2019

Introducing Julianne, our education intern from Northwestern Connecticut Community College. After graduation, she plans to transfer to Central Connecticut State University to study elementary education with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. Before she interned with AMP, she was a math tutor for middle school children.

Our programs director had this to say about Julianne: "After observing the warmth and enthusiasm that Julianne brings to the room when she is engaging with the kids in the CHAMPS after-school enrichment program, I couldn't be more thrilled to have her join AMP as an education intern for the spring and summer! She is a natural educator."