2018 CultureMax
Awards Ceremony

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (NCAC) will honor seven awardees at the 5th Annual CultureMAX Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7 pm at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT. This annual event celebrates the inspiring contributions of local cultural leaders, organizations, and businesses. The event also serves to educate the 25-town region’s community about the positive forces that influence their cultural environment.

The 2018 CultureMAX Awardees are:
Thomasina Levy, of Litchfield, in the Established Artist category – she was the CT State Troubadour for 2005 and 2006, which allowed her to be Connecticut’s Ambassador for music and song.
Leslie Elias, of Cornwall & Grumbling Gryphons, in the Arts Educator category – she has been running Grumbling Gryphon’s Traveling Children’s Theatre for 38 years and taught all aspects of theatre to local children of all ages.
Luke Pepper, of Torrington, in the Emerging Artist category – his film and photography highlight the special moments and beauty of life in NW CT.
Carol Ascher, of Sharon, in the Heritage Professional category – she has shined a light on the history of Russian Jewish immigrants to Sharon and Amenia through her exhibit at the Sharon Historical Society and her book, “A Chance For Land and Fresh Air.”
Ken Buckbee, of Torrington, in the Volunteer category – he has restored and preserved the cemetery behind Torrington’s City Hall and helped residents understand and appreciate the history of their town.
Washington Art Associationin the Cultural Organization category – a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community in NW CT through education, exhibitions, and special events.
Thomaston Savings Bankin the Culture-Loving Business category – a business that has generously supported numerous cultural organizations and is artist-friendly on several levels.

Martha Bernstein, a judge on this year’s panel, commented, “I have enjoyed participating in previous years’ CultureMAX Awards as a nominator, supporter, and attendee, but it was a special pleasure to be on the panel this year. I gained a deeper view of the vibrancy within our community of the Northwest corner.”

The Northwest CT Arts Council introduces its new Executive Director, Rufus de Rham, who will make his first public appearance representing the Arts Council at this special event. The NCAC invites the arts and cultural community to attend CultureMAX and welcome Rufus.

Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 – 7 pm

Tickets: $30; Group of ten tickets: $250

The Warner Theatre