NORTHWEST CT, MAY 2021 — The NWCT Arts Council is hosting the first annual Litchfield Hills Creative Festival on Saturday, August 14th in Downtown Torrington. The festival will include artist vendors at Franklin Plaza, live music at Coe Memorial Park, and many other public activities for all ages hosted by participating organizations and venues.

Artists, crafters, and creators are invited to apply to participate as vendors during the festival. The vendor aspect of the event will be held from 11 am – 4 pm. Creators can apply and see guidelines online at The deadline to apply is June 4, 2021. Vendors will be notified the first week of July.

Up to 25 unique, local artists and creators will be selected to participate. Applicants must be based in our 25-town service area of Northwest CT.

The Litchfield Hills Creative Festival is sponsored in part by the Torrington Downtown Partners. Live music is sponsored and coordinated by Red Room Sound Studio. The stage at Coe Park is sponsored by the Warner Theatre.


The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to engage the public in building a strong and connected arts and culture community that is integral to the economic development and the collective well-being of the region. The Arts Council board and staff believe that access to arts and culture is a universal human right, meeting both a social and psychological need. The Council supports a vibrant, vital, and necessary component of the local community through promotion and advocacy.

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship- Applications Now Open

Songwriters 16-25 are invited to apply to professionally produce their own song.

LITCHFIELD COUNTY, MAY 11, 2021 —  Applications are now open for the NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship Program.  Young adults aged 16-25 with a passion for creating music are invited to apply.  Five applicants will be selected based on merit to participate in the program.  The deadline for applications is June 11, 2021.

Awardees will be given the opportunity to participate in creative writing workshops, access licensing to beats by local producers, and to record their own song in a professional setting.  The workshops will cover topics such as techniques for songwriting, resources available for marketing and distribution, and guidance from an entertainment lawyer.

Scholarship recipients will be selected June 15 and the program will run from June 26 – July 31.  All workshops and recording sessions will be hosted by The Outlet for the Arts, a new recording/production studio in Torrington, CT.

Ysanne Marshall, the Community Impact Coordinator for the NWCT Arts Council has developed the program to steer the youth to develop professional work ethics. “Showing up is sometimes more than 50% of the reason that success comes to flourish. My hope is that this experience will encourage the youth to take more control of their music careers by educating themselves and taking action.”

Eligible applicants can apply at:

The scholarship program is made possible through funding from the CT Office of the Arts; Bridge Builders Program and matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The program is presented by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council in partnership with the Outlet for the Arts.

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