TORRINGTON — Both artists and non-artists took part in Five Points Arts annual Draw-a-thon on Sunday. June 27.
For three years, the organization held the event at their gallery in downtown Torrington.
However, this year the event was held at the organization’s Center for the Visual Arts, the 90-acre former location of the University of Connecticut.
Participants in the event were given art supplies to draw and create anything that they wanted to create at one of many artist drawing desks stationed outside the building.
“An event like this is important because we want to get the community involved with the arts,” volunteer Jessica Fallis said. “Having this new campus and getting people up here to experience some nature after being inside is great. Getting people together is a big mission for us. And also getting those who are not artists, but are interested in the arts to come in and see what we are doing is important. Also getting new volunteers and building a bigger community for the arts in this area is important.”
“To me, art is important because it’s the history of the world,” volunteer Erin Cunliffe said. “All big events have had artists that have recorded it or have made work in response to what has happened in their lives. Art is older than both spoken and written language. It’s what keeps people going. With the time that we have had recently, art has been something that people can focus on that’s not about life or death.”