Naugatuck Valley Community College will officially welcome its first Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence, Pascal Meccariello, in conjunction with the bi-semester presentation of Confluencia, a multicultural literary gathering, in the NVCC Playbox Theater on Wednesday, October 24 beginning at 5 p.m.

   Meccariello, a native of the Dominican Republic, is an accomplished visual artist and has experience in ceramics, engraving, drama, dance and puppets theatre. In addition to teaching “Ceramics” and “Caribbean Art and Culture” at NVCC, he participates in various workshops and events on campus and within the community. Next semester, Meccariello will help his students create a ceramic mural, both as a learning experience and a lasting symbol of the college’s commitment to international cultures.

   Following Meccariello’s reception, Confluencia will commence at approximately 6 p.m. Four area writers and poets have been invited to share their experiences and published works with the audience. They include Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke, Cheryl Panosian-Haddad and Neil Silberblatt.

   The program is offered free of charge. For more information visit