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In the Studio

In the Studio
August 25, 2018

Ellen has been working on the AMP music tribute, making giant stencils and transferring scores onto the piano. We are receiving some of the neatest letters from people in the music business with wonderful picks for this project, and Ellen wants to continue to load up on the overlapping scores, so keep the suggestions coming! Visually this is so exciting as a surface—and the letters accompanying these selections are drop-dead wonderful, all to be on display in our Visitors Center.

Building Up and Raising Funds: Sneak Peek

Building Up and Raising Funds: Sneak Peek
August 10, 2018

Thanks to the members who came to Friday's sneak peek event at the mill! We dedicated the entry to Kerry, signed the steel beams, enjoyed beer from Brewery Legitimus and treats from Hunny Buns Cafe and Bakery, and listened to music performed by Michelle Begley and Connecticut State Troubadour Kate Callahan. Time to get AMPed for the mural installation to begin this fall!

Click here to view photos by Anita Garnett

Community Building

Community Building
June 18, 2018

Every year Arconic sends a group of people for an "Action Day," to help with whatever grunge jobs we have to offer. On Thursday, they cleaned up the yard at the Art Hourse in preparation for the summer enrichment programs. Thanks to our smiling crew: Phil, Michael, Natalia, and Darlene, as well as Ryan, who will be helping with our Outdoor Design and Growing program. Two of the people pictured here are such gluttons for punishment that this is not their first time volunteering for AMP. They actually came back for more!

Building Up and Raising Funds

Building Up and Raising Funds
June 14, 2018

Thank you to the Eversource Foundation, who provided an $8,000 grant to support AMP's Outdoor Design and Growing program, a new summer pilot focusing on health and wellness for children and teens through experiences in food production and healthy eating, environmental awareness, design and building in nature, and outdoor arts experiences!

Art at Work: Education Update

Art at Work: Education Update
May 20, 2018

During the first week in May, our education team piloted two collaborative programs at the Rotella Inderdistrict Magnet School in Waterbury. Students learned about Ellen and her "big idea" for the mural, as well as the process of creating portraits of American workers.

Second-graders made mixed media projects focused on their own "big idea,” while fourth-graders participated in a Blues songwriting workshop focused on subjects in the mural and their own lives, and also created self-portraits using paper plates.

Art at Work: Education Programs

Art at Work: Education Programs
May 4, 2018

AMP was one of six organizations invited to participate in Random Hacks of Kindness, an event focused on empowering students to use technology to positively impact the challenges facing local nonprofits in their communities. The one-day "Hackathon" in Torrington involved 4th-8th grade girls from Northwest Connecticut, who were paired with computer science mentors to develop prototype smartphone apps. Read more about the incredible day our intern, Sarah, had.