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Two Longtime City Organizations Lauded for Arts Advocacy

The Buttonwood Tree, founded by Susan and Stephan Allison 23 years ago, and the Greater Middletown Concert Association, created 45 years ago by Barbara Arafeh, were honored by the Arts Commission with proclamations from Mayor Dan Drew.

The Buttonwood Tree hosted Monday night's Arts Advocacy Awards presentation by the to two organizations which have contributed to the city’s cultural and artistic enrichment and demonstrated extraordinary support and initiative for the arts.

Barbara Arafeh, president of the and Anne Marie Cannata, executive director of were honored with proclamations from Mayor Dan Drew for their combined more than 65 years of musical, theatrical and visual arts work.

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