Creativity Connects Norwalk: Meet Janet Evelyn, Executive Director of NICE, Community Advocate, Local Creative

Creativity Connects Norwalk

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Norwalk?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good.

Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Norwalk. 

Creativity connects us.

Meet Janet Evelyn, founder and executive director of NICE INC, the local non-profit that stages the annual NICE Festival

Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?

NICE or the Norwalk International Cultural Exchange makes me feel great because of the work we do celebrating our global heritage in all its forms and traditions. The organization works to increase the awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through art and culture. The programs invite collaboration and participation from multiple ethnic groups at the same time and within the same space so each group can share their cultural traditions while at the same time experiencing and learning about the other groups that are also participating. NICE is intentional in its partnership to ensure as many groups as possible do participate. The program is open and free to the public so everyone regardless of economic status can attend at no cost. NICE has quickly developed as a hallmark of bringing our families and community together.

Where do you go for inspiration and creativity?

I go to Calf Pasture Beach and the Oyster Shell Park. I love walking and both of these places provide an excellent quiet natural escape to just be... I love the work the City of Norwalk along with the organizations they provide the services do to keep and enhance and maintain the beauty and surroundings of both places.

I love that Norwalk has always been rooted in being a welcoming community for people from all walks of life!

Creativity Connects Norwalk is made possible by LIFEWTR.

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