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Clinton Board of Selectmen Approves Arts District
The Clinton Board of Selectmen approved an Arts District in downtown Clinton from the new CVS to Route 145. This area overlaps with the Historic District, which includes more than 104 buildings on the National Historic Register and the Historical Society. The Board of Selectmen anticipates that the cultural assets of the area, further promoted by the presence of the Arts and Historic Districts, will draw more visitors to the area and promote a greater sense of place in the downtown for residents. The creation of an Arts District is an action item on the Sustainable CT municipal certification program in which the Town’s Sustainability Committee has been participating over the course of the past year.
Through the creation of the Arts District, the Board of Selectmen formally recognizes the Clinton Arts Council, an off shoot of an already existing local 501c3, Placemakers. The Arts Council will be tasked with the development of a Clinton Cultural Arts Blueprint, a plan to engage residents and visitors with the arts and create a supportive environment for the arts through advocacy, professional development, marketing, and identification of funding sources. With the support of the Board of Selectmen, the group can set a plan into motion to engage residents and visitors in an exciting and memorable way.
This section of downtown was chosen for the Arts District because of the density of art attractions and programs located within it. Residents and visitors can enjoy performance art such as the Opera Theater of Connecticut, George Flynn Classical Music Series, Kidz Konnection, Scottish Dave’s for fantastic food and music, concerts at the Church of the Holy Advent, and the Chamber of Commerce summer concerts held in the Town gazebo as well as visual arts and historical displays through the Clinton Historical Society Museum in Town Hall, Clinton Arts Society, Cindy Stevens Gallery, Clinton Arts Gallery, Adam Stanton House Museum, Body Karma Studio, Clinton Historical Society Elisha White House or “Old Brick”, Liberty Bank, and Nataz Gallery.