By TAYLOR HARTZ
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 non-profit organization that helps disabled adults develop artistic and vocational skills.
SoCCA, opening in the historic Gura Building on Main Street, will provide a space for local artists to create and exhibit their work. The center will also serve as a Uarts facility and training center for artists from across the state to prepare for their work with disabled persons.
“I truly see this state-of-the-art facility as becoming a regional center for all types of programming and activities,” said Bodell, who will serve as the center’s access coordinator.
“We will be the quintessential center for access to programs and access to learning in the arts,” she said.
Bodell has been the co-owner of Umbrella arts in New York for 10 years and joins SoCCAA after serving as the project manager for City Canvases, a multi-location state-wide project, and working as a co-director in the Office of Arts for the state of Connecticut where she focused on the CreateHereNow initiative.
Bodell has dedicated her career “ to developing programs that bring awareness of the benefits of the arts to communities,” said Executive Director Mary DeCroe, who will be working closely with Bodell and the Board of Directors to oversee operations at SoCCA.
Bodell is currently working on structuring leasing and rental materials for artists who will use available space at SoCCA for visual and performing arts. When the center opens, she will work to promote the SoCCA mission of providing access to the arts for all.