NEW BRITAIN - The Art League of New Britain will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of more than $40,000 in renovations to its home, the Carriage House, on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The city’s Community Development Block Grant program contributed $22,000 to the much-needed facelift to the exterior.
In July, Renee Beyor, a member of and bookkeeper for the Art League, invited everyone in the community to celebrate her 40th birthday at the Carriage House with an exhibition and party to raise money for the renovations.
Combined with other private donations, the Art League was able to invest about $41,000 in upgrades to the structure, which was last painted in the 1970s.
The Art League of New Britain is a nonprofit organization and the second-oldest art league in the United States, founded in 1928.
The Art League’s home first served as local industrialist George Post’s stable and carriage house.
“The city of New Britain is proud to support the mission of the Art League of New Britain and to help beautify their home, which has been an iconic structure in our city for nearly a century,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “We are fortunate to have a vibrant arts scene in New Britain and thank the contributions the Art League for the role they play in supporting the arts.”
The ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 30 Cedar Street, #1.
Stewart; Paul Baylock, president of the Art League; and other New Britain art supporters will be in attendance.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.