City to residents: 'Bee' a sponsor

Published on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 19:02
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN-Donors, businesses and local organizations are being sought to sponsor a 6-foot bee sculpture for an upcoming city-wide art project.

The City of New Britain and the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance are working together to bring a new public art project to the community called “Bees Across New Britain.”

A model of the bee was developed by renowned sculptor Craig Frederick of New Britain based off design sketches made by Mayor Erin Stewart.

The models will be sent to a fabricator, who will transform the model into 6-foot tall fiberglass bees in the months to come and then will be later painted by artists.

“Bees Across New Britain is a playful nod to the many worker bees who have played a role in the development of our city over many generations,” said Mayor Stewart. “This projects expands upon our vibrant arts scene, pays homage to our City’s rich industrial past and invites residents and visitors to come ‘Experience the New’ in our community.”

Private donations and sponsorships are funding the project.

For $2,500, a sponsor will work with an artist to design a bee, which the sponsor will get to keep at the end of the project.

At a $2,000 sponsorship level, the bee will be auctioned off at the end of the project and will be placed at the location of the purchaser’s choosing.

Proceeds from the project will benefit the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization.

“One of the things I am most happy about is our idea, apparently novel, to split the auction proceeds with the artists. This makes it possible for more artists to consider our project. We want everyone: artists, sponsors, and the public to be absolutely thrilled with what they see,” Executive Director of the GNBAA Stephen Hard said.

Installations of the bees are scheduled for late spring of 2018. As part of “Bees Across New Britain,” a series of community events will take place around the project, including the development of a map featuring all the locations of the bees, and more.

To learn more about sponsoring a bee, visit and click on the bee icon.

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, General News on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 19:02. Updated: Wednesday, 6 September 2017 19:05.