Thursday, March 03, 2011

Out for Business

The Waterbury Regional Chamber's Out for Business networking event was held at Naugatuck Valley Community College this month. There was a nice crowd of people, some I already knew, some I know now (which is the whole point of the event!).

We were treated to delicious food prepared by the NVCC Culinary students.

Mixing and mingling....

One of the event sponsors, in addition to NVCC, was the Waterbury Region Arts & Culture Collaborative. Since I'm a member, I was able to exhibit one of my paintings at the event (I could have exhibited more, but since they'd be up for a week, I decided to leave them in the window at Goldsmith's).

The event was held in the Atrium outside the Mainstage Theater, which is a beautiful space.

The event sponsors had the opportunity to address us before the raffle. The College President, Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, reminded us that Community College education is currently on the state chopping block--one of the worst things to cut. Without higher education, the best a young person in Connecticut can hope for is to scrape by on minimum wage.

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra was also one of the evening's sponsors and held an open recital of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It was fascinating to watch a rehearsal (and a little strange to see them in jeans!).

Last but not least, here is some more of the art exhibited at the event:

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