The will present Arts Advocacy Awards this month to two organizations that have significantly contributed to the city’s cultural and artistic enrichment and/or have shown extraordinary support and initiative for the arts.
The and were chosen as recipients by the Arts Commission after it received a number of suggestions from residents.
Since 1991 The Buttonwood Tree, founded by Susan and Stephan Allison, has been a non-profit grassroots, avant-garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized nationally and internationally as a music venue, it has also offered programs led by artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance, as well as community activists, educational and religious groups.
For 40 years, the Greater Middletown Concert Association has hosted classical ensembles, ethnic dance, jazz, cabaret and folk music, orchestras, trios and quartets as well as nationally and internationally known classical and nontraditional soloists. Since the construction of the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, all events are held at this state-of-the arts performance venue.
were composer and Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce and the committees.
National Arts Advocacy Day took place this year April 16-17 in Washington, D.C.
The awards presentation May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.