WINSTED — In a response tothe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Mural Project is replacing its largest fundraiser of the year with one-of-a-kind “Give and Get” gatherings for small groups. The experiences can be scheduled for a mutually agreeable time in August, September, and October, according to a statement from project members.
“Winter in Summer” is an exclusive private concert, elegant dinner, and introduction to the mural at AMP set for Sept. 5. “Guests will be part of a small audience during the filming of a concert by seven-time Grammy Award-winning composer and musician Paul Winter and world-renowned singer Theresa Thomason, musicians who are famous for uniquely tapping into the performance space. AMP is proud to present these remarkable performers, who will be featured in the upcoming “The Spirit Of Democracy: Reimagining We the People,” a virtual event originally scheduled to take place at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.,” according to the statement. “Winter in Summer” is available for groups of up to six people for a donation of $5,000, or for couples for a donation of $1,650; reservations are required by Aug. 30.
A cocktail serenade for up to six people includes a cocktail reception, live music, and a private tour with AMP Founder and Artistic Director Ellen Griesedieck. Guests are invited to spread out in the mural building and learn about AMP and its future plans. This event is available for groups of six; limited to three total groups.
“Deuce” is the most Instagram-worthy experience: an opportunity to play tennis against John Posey on a private court next to the mural, inside AMP’s building. Cocktails, lemonade, and appetizers will be provided. It is available for groups of four.
Messy art parties, for adults and children, are available with donations of $1,000 and $500, respectively, according to the statement. Groups of up to six people will be led by one of AMP’s teaching artists as they create artistic masterpieces at AMP, surrounded by the mural. Parties include drinks and appetizers/snacks.
For those who are unable to participate in a gathering at AMP, a $250 donation provides a set of four stemless goblets with AMP’s engraved trademark logo, plus AMP’s popular signature cocktail recipe. “Supporters are encouraged to gather friends and family to pool their money to get one of these unforgettable experiences. Although quantities are limited, more than one gathering or item is available at each level. Gathering dates will be coordinated with purchase for a mutually agreeable time in August, September, or October. The stemless goblets will be shipped immediately,” according to the statement.
Details and purchase information can be found on AMP’s website: https://www.americanmuralproject.org/events
“This year we had to think of an alternative to our usual Gala,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of AMP. “Because of limitations on indoor gatherings, we considered many options, including a virtual event. But driven by our desire to have people experience AMP’s unique space in person, as well as to have an opportunity to view the mural at this rarely-seen stage of installation, we decided that small one-of-a-kind experiences would be more inspiring and memorable. We hope our supporters gather their social-distancing circle to gather at AMP in a way that’s never been offered before.”
Launched in 2002 by artist Ellen Griesedieck, the American Mural Project (AMP) is creating the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world—a mural 120 feet long, 48 feet high, and up to ten feet deep. The mural is a tribute to American workers and highlights what has defined the country over the last century. It seeks to inspire, to educate, to invite collaboration, and to reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to American culture. Nothing like it exists in the world.
More than 15,000 children and adults have helped create pieces of the mural, which will be housed in two former mill buildings on Whiting Street in Winsted, Connecticut. Scope Construction finished renovations on the mural building in fall 2018, and the lengthy process of assembling and installing the mural is now underway. Programming is currently offered for schools and teachers, after-school partnerships, summer enrichment camps, and an apprentice-style internship program.
Lead funding for the American Mural Project has been provided by the Newman’s Own Foundation, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Connecticut Community Foundation, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, and Northwest Community Bank.