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Souls on Fire Featured At Concerts in the Park
Come hear the music play!

 

GROTON - The sounds of the band, Souls on Fire, will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday (July 6, 2018) at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free.

Souls on Fire is a 10-piece, soulful 1970’s band, featuring music from Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Motown and lots more.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

The remaining concerts are July 13, The Cartells; July 20, Jay Dempsey Band; and July 27, 9Teen.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at grotonutilities.com and the City’s web site at cityofgroton.com.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site.  The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

 

Contact:
Frank E. Winkler
Co-Chair, Concerts in the Park 2018
(860) 446-4095
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Mystic Seaport Museum Announces Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to Support Curatorial Expansion

Award of $735,000 Will Fund New Collections Installations, Research, and Related Public Programming

 

Mystic, Conn. (July 1, 2018) – Mystic Seaport Museum announced it has received a $735,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the curation and development of three new collections installations and related programming. These projects will provide new perspectives on the art and ensure the continued preservation and refinement of the collections while also promoting public access.

Mystic Seaport Museum, the preeminent U.S. maritime museum, preserves the most significant public collections of marine art and artifacts in the western hemisphere. Through this initiative, the Museum will reimagine the artistic merit and educational potential of its permanent collections of decorative, folk, and self-taught art. These objects – not always considered as works of art and substantially hidden from public view – will be placed on display so they can be appreciated and studied afresh through the eyes of a new generation of scholars, artists, and curators.

The proposed installations and associated research and public program activities will encourage new scholarship around the themes of “The Sea as Muse,” a window into the world of immigrant craftsmanship and decorative arts; “The Sea as Studio” for folk art such as scrimshaw; and “The Sea as Commons,” through a curatorial investigation by contemporary artist Mary Mattingly.

“The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to support Mystic Seaport Museum in this effort to expand the scholarship and knowledge around parts of its collections that will benefit from a fresh perspective,” said Teresa A. Carbone, program director for American Art at the Henry Luce Foundation. “We are excited to offer new audiences access to compelling art objects and introduce new voices into the Museum’s continuing research and interpretation of its collections.”

“This grant will enable Mystic Seaport Museum to bring rarely-seen collections to light and augment our curatorial capacity. Our staff has expertise largely in maritime history and the humanities. Introducing differing disciplinary perspectives will invite complementary yet distinct presentations and generate new narratives around selected objects. This plan reaffirms the Museum’s commitment to research, in recognition of our role as a nexus for public discourse on the American maritime experience,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum.

The grant will support a guest artist-curator and two scholar-curators, emerging career professionals who will gain from interaction with Museum staff while also introducing new voices to the Museum. In addition, two pre-professional inclusive internships will offer promising young students immersive professional experiences at a major museum; and three teacher-fellows will adapt the exhibit content into “resource sets” that will be archived and made available for Museum and classroom teachers beyond the exhibit installations. Teachers will use the content to encourage their students to dig deeper into the stories of the objects and their creators and make connections to their own lives.

The grant was inspired in part by a two day “think tank” hosted at the museum earlier this year, and sponsored by the Luce Foundation and the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event brought together museum staff with scholars from several disciplines to consider how the museum’s collections can be reinterpreted for future audiences.

The three installations are scheduled to open on the museum’s McGraw Gallery Quadrangle in 2019 and 2020.

 

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The iconic Thompson Exhibition Building is a state-of-the-art gallery that is hosting The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden through September 30, 2018. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org  and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

 

About the Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

 

About the American Art Program

A leader in arts funding in the United States, the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program was established in 1982 to support museums, arts organizations, and universities in their efforts to advance the understanding and experience of American and Native American visual arts through research, exhibitions, publications, and collection projects.

 

Contact:               

Dan McFadden, 860.572.5317
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Monument Man: Kevin Sampson in Residence to Open Saturday at Mystic Seaport Museum

Newark Artist to Inaugurate Museum Residency Program by Transforming Found Materials into Art

 

Mystic, Conn. (June 28, 2018) — Mystic Seaport Museum announces it will inaugurate its artist-residency-program with leading American contemporary artist, Kevin Sampson of Newark, New Jersey. Beginning Saturday, June 30, Sampson will be embedded at the Museum, living aboard a vessel docked on its waterfront, and working in an open studio where he can engage with the Museum community in the lead up to an exhibition of his workMonument Man: Kevin Sampson in Residence.

Sampson began his career as a police officer in New Jersey and was the first African American uniformed police composite sketch artist in the United States. Following his career, he developed a unique artistic practice transforming found materials such as cement, bones, tiles, fabric, paints, and wood into powerful sculptures that speak to family, memory, and loss through the lens of the African-American experience.

During the weeks he will spend in residence at the Museum, Sampson will make a new art installation, inspired by the Newark Ark of Kea Tawana. One of the more unusual vessels ever imagined, the 86-foot long, 20-foot wide ark was the work of a single woman, Kea Tawana, who constructed it from found materials in Newark’s destitute Central Ward beginning in 1982. Essentially complete in 1988, the city forced Tawana to deconstruct it or face demolition as an illegal structure. Sampson’s installation USS Kye Kye Kule will be created using a donated wooden Bevin’s skiff and materials collected from the Museum grounds. The name comes from a traditional African call-and-response song where the leader sings a line then the group repeats it. In this case, Sampson will be responding to Kea’s Ark.

Visitors will be invited to watch the artist at work in a temporary outdoor studio and to engage with him as he draws the very fabric of the Museum into a new and powerful vision of the American maritime experience. A selection of Sampson’s other works will be on-display in the adjacent C.D. Mallory Building. The new work will join the others in the gallery at the end of his residency.

“Kevin Sampson is showing our audience that there is a completely different perspective on what the American maritime experience is from what they might expect. We are excited to provide him a voice and platform to share that story,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum.

“The opportunity to work at Mystic Seaport Museum is a chance to become inspired by its exhibits and its history, and it’s a wonderful occasion to further explore my connections with the sea and its vessels,” said Sampson. “I have been making boats or vessels out of found objects, in one form or another, for over 30 years. I have always felt that in another life I lived that life somehow on the sea.”

Sampson’s residency begins June 30 and continues to July 14. Monument Man: Kevin Sampson in Residence will open June 30 and run into spring 2019.

 

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The iconic Thompson Exhibition Building is a state-of-the-art gallery that is hosting The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden through September 30, 2018. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org  and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

Contact:
Dan McFadden, 860.572.5317
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Stonington Natural Health Center welcomes Dr. Craig Fasullo

We are excited to welcome naturopathic physician Dr. Craig Fasullo of Collaborative Natural Health Partners to his new location in Stonington.  Dr. Fasullo will be joining up with Dr. Megan Marco at Stonington Natural Health Center on Quiambaug Cove.

With over ten years of clinical experience, Dr. Fasullo has become skilled in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease, focused on maximizing the health and well-being of each patient. Dr. Fasullo works with individuals in addressing a broad range of conditions, including gastrointestinal health, musculoskeletal pain, hormone imbalance, men’s health, and natural pediatric care. He has an especially strong passion for cardiovascular health, going beyond cholesterol to fully assess a person’s heart health and overall cardiovascular risk using cutting edge diagnostic testing, and using effective natural treatments that are often without the need for prescription medication. Over many years he has helped innumerable people overcome long-standing fatigue and regain the vitality of their lives.

As a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Connecticut, Dr. Fasullo is in network with most major insurance providers.  He uses comprehensive testing and thorough diagnostic assessment to address each person’s health concerns holistically, taking all parts of the body into consideration.  Treatments may include lifestyle change, nutritional and herbal remedies, varied musculoskeletal techniques, or other natural evidence-based therapies.

Don't miss his discussion on July 26: Why Am I So Tired? A Holistic & Comprehensive Approach to Fatigue @ Stonington Natural Health

 


How many Sailors can the Mudheads get on stage?

 

The Mystic River Mudheads are already known for their ability to run a rockin’ race, but how many of these sailors can actually rock on guitar... or drums... or at the mike? Get ready to find out. July 13th and 14th mark the weekend of the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care. As with any regatta, skippers need Sailing Instructions, so for the Skipper’s ‘meeting’ - guitars are required to get your scratch sheet.

Beverages will be available and delicious food from Munchies food truck will be on site for purchase at Friday’s jam! The Racer’s Jam is slated for July 13th at 6 pm under the tent at Mystic Shipyard. Sailors and non-sailors welcome!

The fourth annual Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment, known as the SECOR Volvo Race in previous years, is back on July 12 and 13, 2018. The one-of-a-kind race is modeled after the Volvo Ocean Race, and allows participants between the ages of 12 and 18 to sail a 20-mile boat race around Fishers Island Sound in an experience normally reserved for older world-class skippers. The SECOR Volvo Race will finish at Mystic Shipyard. Come get your ssailing instructions and see these sailors finish!

Visit www.mudhead.org for more information and join your favorite rockin’ sailors for a goal of 100 guitars on stage!

For more information or to register for the race, visit: www.mudhead.org

For more information on Hospice SECT, visit: www.hospicesect.org

For more information on the SECOR Volvo Race, visit: http://thedinghyrace.com

CONTACT:   

Allison Keck

Event and Communications Coordinator

Center for Hospice Care

860.848.5699 x204

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