… and create new experiences and opportunities for you, your family and friends! 

10th – Opening Reception – Reflections and Undercurrents: Prints of Venice, 1900-1940
16th – From Dublin Street to City Hall: A History of the Waterbury Irish
17th – TGI Third Thursday – Lee Dimo

3rd – Secrets and Surprises of Litchfield, CT: A Bus Tour with Rachel Carley
7th – Jazz First Thursday – The Airborne Jazz Trio
9th – Connecticut Open House
13th  – Lunch & Learn Series

A Tour of Venice with Nunzio DeFilippis
28th – Opening Reception – In the Shadows of St. Anne’s: The Life of a Changing Community

June 26 – July 24
Art Tells a Story – Ages 4-6

June 27 – August 1
Exploring Art – Ages 7-9

Join the Mattatuck Museum Team to Install Waterbury’s Largest Community Mural Project Saturday, June 9, 2012
Community Mural Project:  The Mural will be assembled on this “blank canvas” at 90 South Main Street.

The City of Waterbury and the Arts and Culture Collaborative have been chosen to participate in the state’s City Canvases Initiative. The project is the creation of a large porcelain mosaic designed by Connecticut artists Joanne and Bruce Hunter. The mosaic will be composed of 60 individual 3 x 5 ft. panels, each composed of thousands of individual colored tiles. 
Assembling the community mosaic requires hundreds of volunteers. JOIN THE MATTATUCK’S VOLUNTEER TEAM!
The artists will transfer a color design to each panel and cut tiles in advance, similar to a paint-by number kit. The panels and tiles will be transported to the Palace Theater stage for mosaic panel fabrication.  Panels will be set up on tables and community volunteers will adhere tiles into the patterned designs. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER by calling (203) 753-0381 x10 or email cfilippone@mattatuckmuseum.org
or stop by the Museum to fill out a Volunteer Form!

Reflections & Undercurrents
Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice
Thursday, May 10th  4:00 – 7:00pm
The exhibit will open with a public lecture by guest curator, Eric Denker at 4:00pm, immediately followed by the opening reception from 5:00-7:00pm.
Ernest Roth
Ernest David Roth, Ca d’Oro , 1913
Reflections & Undercurrents features prints by artists who, following the lead of the great American aesthete and expatriate artist James Abbott MacNeill Whistler (1834-1903), explored in their art the picturesque aspects of Venice.

The artists represented in the exhibit include German-born American painter and etcher Ernest Roth (1879-1964), who trained at the National Academy of Design and was one of the foremost etchers of the early twentieth century; John Taylor Arms (1887-1953), known for his technically-accomplished etchings that include astonishing levels of detail; Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), who, in addition to having made many prints in a variety of media was also a devoted follower and biographer of Whistler; and Whistler himself, who is represented both by a print in the exhibition proper as well as by the Museum’s addition of its own etching, an example of the 1879-1880 Long Venice, which depicts the familiar Venetian skyline from a distance.

The exhibition runs through August 26, 2012
Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street  ? Waterbury, CT 06702
203.753 .0381   ? www.MattatuckMuseum.org


Rep. Noujaim Supports Veterans

Selim Noujaim, CT H.B. 5298

State Representative Selim Noujaim (R-74) today enthusiastically voted to pass a bill that will help veterans by allowing honest charities to continue good work on their behalf while punishing those who fraudulently profit at their expense.

H.B. 5298 An Act Concerning Fundraising By Veterans’ Organizations prohibits any person, firm, or corporation from holding itself out to be a veterans’ charitable organization and, with the intent to defraud, soliciting charitable contributions that benefit or profit any person, firm, or corporation other than the veterans’ charitable organization.

“Charities that work hard to provide financial or physical support for our veterans deserve our assistance and I am pleased this legislation will allow them to continue their good work unhindered,” Rep. Noujaim said.  “The other aspect of this legislation- to penalize those who misrepresent a veteran’s charity for profit- establishes a strong precedent of protection for those who have selflessly served on our behalf.  Our veterans put themselves in harm’s way and ask only we treat them with respect, this bill makes sure Connecticut continues to respect their efforts.”

Rep. Noujaim spoke on the floor of the House in enthusiastic support of the efforts and volunteerism of the veterans in Waterbury who donate their time, energy and sometimes money, to highlight the importance of veterans and the sacrifices they made to preserve the freedoms we enjoy in our country.

Along with the establishment of penalties for fraudulent representation of veterans’ charities, this bill also requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs commissioner, in consultation with the Department of Consumer Protection, to publish a list of preferred charitable nonprofit corporations on their websites by July 1, 2013.

“Having an up-to-date online resource for people to reference before they donate is important to make certain their donations go to established and recognized charities that truly help our veterans,” Rep. Noujaim said.

Butler Led Passage of Antidiscrimination Bill

CT SB94, Larry Butler

State Representative Larry B. Butler (D-Waterbury) led passage of a bill that would prohibit the eviction of an individual 62 years of age or older who is mentally disabled or family who has a member that is mentally disabled because the lease has expired.    SB 94 affects housing complexes with five or more units, but it does not supersede current good cause eviction rules for evicting a tenant, it merely prohibits mental disability as the sole reason for that eviction.  

“This bill extends the protection for mentally disabled tenants to their families as well,” said Rep. Butler, House Chairman of the Housing Committee.  “This is another tool in protecting our most vulnerable.”

Currently, Federal Housing Act guidelines prohibit discrimination as a sole reason for eviction.   This bill specifies evicting for mental disabilities as falling under that definition of discrimination.

The bill having passed the State Senate now awaits the Governor’s signature.

Rep. Butler is in his 3rd term serving the 72nd House District in Waterbury


Workshops for Entrepreneurs – May & June
Sofia Ozol, business development advisor for the Small Business Development Center will lead an Entrepreneur Education Workshop series:

Entrepreneur Self- Assessment: Do you have what it takes?
Tuesday, May 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Starting your Connecticut Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
Thursday, May 31, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Writing A Business Plan: Your Company’s Road Map
Tuesday, June 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The SBDC Entrepreneur Education Workshops are designed to educate participants on the fundamentals of owning and operating a small business. The systematic and logical progression of the workshop content will provide each participant with a sound foundation to begin or grow their business venture.

Click here to download an informational brochure.

Entrepreneur Education Workshop Series
May 29, 31 and June 5, 7*
5:00 – 7:00 PM
at the Waterbury Regional Chamber
83 Bank Street, 4th Floor, Waterbury
Contact the SBDC at (860) 832-0650

* Workshops may be taken as a series or attendees may pick and choose sessions of interest.