By Judy Marano
During this very challenging time, the Cultural Arts Coalition is working hard to provide entertainment and programming online for our community. The Coalition urges all to periodically check the website at www.culturalarts.com for new and exciting offerings. Despite the pandemic, the Coalition's Garden Around the Corner project is in full swing, albeit with masks and social distancing! Headed by Master Gardener and Volunteer Coordinator, Anita Conway, the project is being executed by several dedicated people, call them "Garden Goddesses", who are watering, weeding, and transforming our beautiful parking lot garden. Board director, Olenna Truskett, comments, “The garden is like a moving artwork: Each day Mother Nature and the Goddesses mix up the palette.” Last year, this small canvas space yielded over 200 lbs. of produce that were delivered directly to the Putnam Community Action Partnership for distribution into the homes of community members in need. CAC is hopeful that this year will be even bigger, more fruitful, and more beautiful. Many people are struggling with the loss of jobs and concern about Covid-19, so grocery shopping, especially for produce, can be cost-prohibitive. We, at the Cultural Arts Coalition, recognize that helping our neighbors in an integral part of celebrating the community with transformative and inspiring arts!