Posts Tagged ‘ Southington Community Cultural Arts ’

SoCCA ‘soft opening’ offers a peak at new arts center

August 3, 2016
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Arts Center-Ruben Marroquin teaches Rachel Dehnel to weave

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR A couple of visitors were leafing through John Atashian’s photographs of famous guitarists, and the sounds of  The Sawtelles filtered downstairs through the crowd like the perfect soundtrack. In a room at the top of the stairs, one man sat at a loom. Two others were holding a demonstration for weaving rugs in…

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SoCCA receives temporary occupancy certificate for the Gura Building

July 6, 2016
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Painters, above, have finished their final touches on the Gura Building. A short list of things still need to be done, but SoCCA officials have received a temporary certificate of occupancy as work begins to wind down.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER After two years of living room board meetings, the team behind Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) held their first board meeting in the organization’s new home—the Gura building in downtown Southington. With their temporary certificate of occupancy recently acquired, SoCCA is putting the finishing touches on the new art center. They are…

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Painters are putting the finishing touches on the Gura project

June 10, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Professional painters exploded into the Gura Building last Saturday like a cluster of spiders scrambling to build a web. They spilled into every room, blanketing the floors with drop cloths and paint buckets. Some were climbing ladders, armed with paint brushes. Others were crawling into corners and staircases, while the rest swept across…

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‘Ben Was Here’ promotes the arts

June 7, 2016
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Comm - SoCCA receives grant

Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) executive director Mary DeCroce accepts a $2,500 donation from Cristin Buckley of the Benjamin Buckley Memorial Foundation (BBMF). BBMF was created in memory of Ben Buckley, who died on Jan. 23, 2014, from an asthma attack at his home. The “Ben Was Here” initiative allows Ben’s family to spread awareness…

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Kiwanis Club supports the arts

March 14, 2016
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Comm - Kiwanis Donation to SoCCA

The Southington Kiwanis Club recently dontated $500 to Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA). The organization is currently renovating the downtown historic Gura Building into a teaching, exhibiting and performing facility for the arts. The Arts Center will provide unique and meaningful arts programming for all ages and give local artists a venue to exhibit and…

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Follow the yellow shoe prints

September 25, 2015
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Southington Community and Cultural Arts (SoCCA) will host a shoe parade with creatively designed sneakers will be on display in 20 local businesses during the Apple Harvest festival.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Residents can follow yellow shoe prints in and out of local businesses during this year’s Apple Harvest Festical, thanks to the Shoe Parade, a new project by the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA.) In an attempt to bring “foot traffic”—quite literally—to shops in downtown Southington and Plantsville, SoCCA has provided a way…

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SoCCA hires Margaret Bodell as administrator

June 19, 2015
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Community Cultural Arts

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER With their Fall 2015 opening fast approaching, the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) organization has hired its very first staff member, administrator Margaret Bodell. Bodell has worked in the arts center consulting and building industry for over 30 years and is the current director of the Uarts Chapel in New Haven, a…

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SCCA receives $118,000 grant from the Bradley Trust

April 27, 2015
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News - SCCA Awarded Main Street Funding

Southington Community Cultural Arts was awarded a $118,000 grant from the Main Street Community Foundation in support of improving the health and wellbeing of Southington residents through the visual and performing arts. The funding came via the Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust, which was created 40 years ago “for the betterment…

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Artwork will decorate boarded windows at Gura building

March 6, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) President Mary DeCroce has enlisted ten local artists, including herself, to create artwork to place on the plywood in the window openings at the Gura building until late April when the windows are installed. The Gura Building is going to display some local artwork for a…

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SCCA raises enough funds to lease the Gura Building

July 18, 2014
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Southington Community Cultural Arts has raised enough money towards renovating the Gura Building and on Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to lease the building to the group for a $1 a year.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) reached its fundraising goal and secured a lease for the old Gura Building, which it will renovate and turn into a community arts center. In 18 months, the arts group was able to raise $1,113,000 and will now lease the Gura Building for a…

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