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By Toni Hosman, Marketing Coordinator, Alfred Music

Music has always been synonymous with beauty and restoration, and now, one community is using music to heal a town ravaged by tragedy. On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook, CT was struck by one of the most horrific events in U.S. history when a gunman fatally shot over 25 children and Elementary school staff members. In the wake of this devastation, the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) created the “HealingNewtown through the Power of the Arts” program.

Through the HealingNewtown Program and other projects, the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is dedicated to providing concerts, events, performances, workshops and classes geared toward helping the community continue to move past the Sandy Hook tragedy through the arts. The NCAC also established the Newtown Arts Festival which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in September. The festival showcases all forms of creative expression such as visual arts, dance, music, written word, and theatre in the setting of a town-wide, month-long celebration.

“The HealingNewtown art space has had a positive impact on our community and continues to provide programs that support resiliency and our path forward. We are grateful for that expertise and commitment to our local arts efforts,” says Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.

Alfred Music had the privilege of donating sheet music and classroom resources for the band, orchestra and choral programs to help support upcoming concerts and programs. Alfred Music is among several companies that have also contributed to the success of the program. From musical instruments and equipment, to software and sheet music, the community is using these donated goods for events, benefit concerts, and more. The Newtown School District is also taking advantage of these generously donated supplies for their music activities.

Ron Manus, CEO Alfred Music said, “Music is so important to have in our lives, it has so many benefits and brings so much joy. We wish for everyone to experience the joy of making music and we are honored to be a part of this program.”

The Alfred Music family is proud to support healing lives through the power of music. If you are interested in donating to the HealingNewtown Program or want to learn more about how to become involved, please visit www.newtownartscommission.org. If you would like more information about the 5th annual Newtown Arts Festival or to be a sponsor, visit http://www.newtownartsfestival.com/arts-festival-sponsor-information.

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