The Manchester Arts Commission to Sponsor 'State of the Arts' Event

Description: The Manchester Arts Commission is sponsoring the “State of the Arts” event beginning on Thursday March 9 at the Manchester Country Club. The program will feature public art projects and focus on three projects currently in process.

The first, Manchester’s Sculpture Project, is working to commission and install a series of life size bronze sculptures over a three year period honoring individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of athletics, education, the arts, and invention. The first three individuals to be honored with a sculpture, in order of installation, are:
JOE McCLUSKEY – Olympic medalist and three time Manchester Road Race winner credited with the early success of the Manchester Road Race. The proposed location of the McCluskey statue is along the Road Race route in a parklet opposite Highland Park Market.
ElIZABETH BENNET – Educator and principal who established the first school library in the Bennet Academy, which was subsequently named in her honor. The proposed location is on the grounds of Bennet Academy.
EMILY CHENEY NEVILLE – Newberry Medal winner for her first novel “It’s Like This, Cat”. Her statue will be outside of the Mary Cheney Library.

The second project will bring music to Charter Oak Park beginning in July. Nine, all-weather, outdoor instruments will be installed in the redesigned park through a collaboration between the Town of Manchester and the Rotary Club of Manchester and will be available to our families and children to use for group and individual play and creative expression. Percussion instruments such as the “imbarimba,” “yantzee,” and “contrabass chimes” will populate the park connected by a landscaped pathway and benches. This project is made possible through the generosity of local citizens and community organizations working through the Rotary Club. Ongoing programming will make the Music Garden a focus for music education and community events.

Finally there is the Creative Green Trail. Have you ever dreamed of an imaginary wonderland that came to life as you wandered about the winding trails? This project is underway in one of Manchester’s beautiful, but sometimes overlooked park– Center Springs Park.
A community of creative artists have been quietly working together to gather and design ideas and dreams and begin to hang them in the trees. Whimsical Walk in the Woods (stop#1 on the “Creative Green Trail”) is about to become a destination for explorers of all ages to get up and start walking and talking, to enjoy the outdoors, to see the world through the eyes of the artist in all of us. Whimsical Walk in the Woods is designed to be a treasure hunt for unexpected creations intertwined with nature and waiting to be discovered by those who dare to look.

This event is free to the public. The cocktail hour is 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m.. To confirm attendance or for further information contact Michele O'Neil at moneil2609@gmail.com or call 860-888-6277
Location: Manchester Country Club, 305 South Main St., Manchester
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 5:30pm EST
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
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Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:06am EST