Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The S.H.A.C.K.’s website on 1/9/13. Owner/Editor of Bethel Buzz, Wendy Mitchell, grew up in Sandy Hook, attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School, and graduated from Newtown High School in 1987. Wendy’s sister-in-law works at Sandy Hook Elementary and thankfully survived. Another sister works at the Newtown Middle School. This tragedy has impacted not only Wendy’s family but families worldwide. This project, The S.H.A.C.K. is one Wendy is working on with her fellow alumni of NHS Class of 1987.
Local Businesses Rally ‘Round The S.H.A.C.K.
For a small community like Sandy Hook, it is important to work together with the town, local retailers and the community to bring something special, like our community arts center, into town. We are happy to say we have done just that. On Tuesday, January 8th we attended the monthly meeting of a local business group, S.H.O.P., which stands for “Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.” We were very warmly received and established some wonderful connections with local business owners who are supportive of our endeavour.
At the meeting first selectman Pat Llodra announced the state has given Newtown a $500,000 grant to help local businesses that were impacted by the tragedy. Betsy Paynter, a member of the Economic Development Committee, explained the importance of shopping local and shared some ideas on upcoming events that are being planned to benefit the Sandy Hook shopping district. President of S.H.O.P. Michael Burton spoke about how the streetscape project will impact the community.
The “Shop Local” and “support each other’s businesses” sentiments were heard loud and clear and many shop owners were receptive to the new ideas that were presented.
One business, Family Fun Kuts for Kids, has agreed to allow The S.H.A.C.K. to host a “Pop-Up Art” event at her shop. More details will be announced shortly.
Other local businesses have agreed to serve as collection centers for The S.H.A.C.K. for art supply donations.
Those businesses are as follows:
Local Drop-Off Collection Centers:
Monroe: Sippin Fuel, 234 Main Street, Monroe.
Bethel: Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.
Brookfield: Servpro of Newtown & Litchfield, 3 Production Drive, Suite #4, Brookfield
New Fairfield: Village Hardware, 1 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield
Ridgefield: Hamlet Hub (a.k.a. Talk of the Town) Online News, 37 Danbury Rd, Suite 202, Ridgefield
Newtown: TBA soon!
Danbury: TBA soon!
Our “Wish List” for donations is as follows:
kid’s size smocks
tiles for mosaics
butcher paper rolls (white, colored)
adult sized scissors
kids sized scissors
tissue paper for collages
newspapers for paper maiche
glue……. lots & lots of glue!!!!!
paint your own pottery supplies & glaze
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Bethel Artist Dana Benz on a Mission to Bring Joy to Grieving Families Through Art
Drawing of Emilie Parker by local 23-year-old Bethel artist Dana Benz.
On 12/14/12, Sandy Hook Elementary School lost 20 children, 5 teachers and a beloved principal in a horrific tragedy. Twenty-three year old Bethel Artist Dana Benz is on a mission to bring joy to grieving families through her artwork. Dana said she is in the process of drawing each victim as a tribute to their families after this senseless tragedy. To date she has drawn Emilie Parker, Dylan Hockley and Olivia Engel. Below is her tribute to Olivia.
Your sudden death has shaken us to the core. We love you and will remember you always. You may not be here physically but your soul is alive and well, resting in God’s loving arms.
Dana’s goal is to draw all 26 children and adults who passed away at Sandy Hook Elementary School and give the drawings to the families.
Below is her tribute to 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was also a member of Dana’s church, Walnut Hill Community Church. On Friday December 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM, the Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd., Bethel, will hold a memorial service for Dylan which is open to the public. Dana plans on giving Dylan’s family the drawing at the service.
In the wake of the horrific tragedy, Dana has found a way to bring healing through her artwork and has partnered with the Sandy Hook Arts Center, a non-profit organization who will bring art therapy, music therapy and pet therapy to the Newtown community.
For more information or to donate to the fund, please click here.