Local leaders gather to discuss how art supports the economy

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will host its annual fundraiser online this year with a virtual conversation of local leaders in government, education and business.

“Refresh. Revive. Revitalize: How the Arts Spark Economic Activity,” will be streamed from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Registration is available on the homepage at CAWCT.org HERE.

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, a longtime advocate of the arts as an engine of the economy, will lead the round-table discussion.

“Our elected officials have been so important in the conversation about the importance of art and how it can benefit a community in tangible ways,” said Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance. “The presentation will show real examples of projects in our local towns that have worked to bring in visitors, attract patrons to businesses, and to make our communities more livable.”

Marconi will be joined by Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, New Milford Mayor Pete Bass, Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Western Connecticut State University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Missy Alexander, and Neviana Zhgaba of Aquila’s Nest Vineyards in Newtown. They will discuss successful art projects and plans for the future to bring art into our cities and towns to help communities recover from economic shocks and better equip them to withstand future crises.

“We see examples across the region of art projects that have injected life into a section of town,” Marconi said. “If we can agree to build on our successes and promote art as a way of attracting more business to this part of the state, we will be much stronger in coming years.”

The event will include an auction and opportunities to donate to the Cultural Alliance, a 501(c)3 service organization serving 10 towns in the Greater Danbury area to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Scails at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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