Calendar celebrates the potential of all people

More than 200 guests recently packed the debut of the Kennedy Center’s annual Calendar at [email protected], located in the Margaret E. Morton Government Center in Bridgeport.

The popular reception marks one of the most cherished holiday traditions in the region and this year’s turnout was one of the largest to date. Artists with disabilities affiliated with The Kennedy Center were acknowledged, cheered and presented with a commemorative t-shirt depicting their artwork. Dignitaries and special guests present at the kickoff event included Jack Barnes, President and CEO of People’s United Bank; Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center; Armando F. Goncalves, Senior Vice President and Division President of People’s United Bank; and Vince Santilli, Executive Director of the People’s United Community Foundation.

The 2015 Kennedy Center Calendar, “A Unique Perspective,” celebrated the potential of all people and chronicles a monthly show of talent and creativity bursting with color and vitality. [email protected] has been transformed into a massive art gallery representing over 70 Kennedy Center artists and more than 75 paintings. The artwork will be on display for public viewing until the end of January. Some of the imaginative titles include: “The Color of Life,” the cover painting created by artists in the recently opened Maggie Daly Art’s cooperative (MDAC) in downtown Bridgeport, “The Country Place,” “Dancing Tulips” and “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

For more than 30 years, People’s United Bank and, more recently, the People’s United Community Foundation, have generously underwritten the calendar as its major sponsor. People’s United Community Foundation was the underwriter of this beautiful, four-color calendar that raises needed funds for The Kennedy Center’s Expressive Arts Program.

“People’s United is proud to continue its commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the communities we have served for more than 170 years,” said Vince Santilli, Executive Director of the People’s United Community Foundation. “We deeply value the foundation’s partnership with The Kennedy Center and consider the calendar to be a wonderful reflection of our commitment to the center’s mission and to individuals with special needs.”

The calendar features the expressive, vibrant works of nearly 20 Connecticut artists with disabilities and illustrates how people with disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their community. Artists featured in this year’s calendar include Bridgeport residents Marquis Eady, Bruce Epstein, Cloresa Francoeur, James Graves, Marc Iaizzi, Azalea Laberee, Robert Robles, Monica Rodriguez, Teddy Sutton, Tremaine Wilson, and Debbie Willis; Fairfield residents Michael Daly and Lisa Ellis; Alice Dubois of Stratford; Carmella Vallelunga of Oxford; and Trumbull residents Antonio Gadson, Rebecca Inwood, and Brian Keane.    

“We are delighted to continue to support The Kennedy Center calendar, as it uniquely demonstrates the remarkable abilities of Kennedy Center clients,” said Vince Santilli, Executive Director of the People’s United Community Foundation.

“The calendar has been a wonderful showcase for The Kennedy Center, demonstrating the diverse range of abilities of people with disabilities in our art therapy programs, including the recently opened Maggie Daly Art’s cooperative (MDAC) in downtown Bridgeport ,” said Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO. “People’s United Bank and People’s United Community Foundation have been amazing community partners who are responsible for the calendar’s wide distribution and increasing popularity for over three decades.”

Artwork featured in “A Unique Perspective” covers a variety of themes ranging from abstracts to still lifes. Each piece reflects the personal interests and feelings of the artists. Some are whimsical and playful, while others represent a natural expression through directness and simplicity. Still others react to the color explosion and brilliance of the palette as the depths of imagination and creativity are explored.

The color calendar was designed by Meghan Gerety of Connecticut, and was printed by Imperial Graphics of Stratford.

The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 24 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs.

People’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with $34 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. The funding priorities of the Foundation include affordable housing, community development, and youth development.

Lisa Ellis of Fairfield created the colorful “House of Ivy” painting featured in The Kennedy Center’s “A Unique Perspective” Calendar for April.

Lisa Ellis of Fairfield created the colorful “House of Ivy” painting featured in The Kennedy Center’s “A Unique Perspective” Calendar for April.

Celebrating the successful debut of the 2015 “Unique Perspective” Kennedy Center Calendar are the following area dignitaries, pictured left to right: Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center; Jack Barnes, President and CEO of People’s United Bank; Vince Santilli, Executive Director of the People’s United Community Foundation; and Armando F. Goncalves, Senior Vice President and Division President of People’s United Bank.

Celebrating the successful debut of the 2015 “Unique Perspective” Kennedy Center Calendar are the following area dignitaries, pictured left to right: Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center; Jack Barnes, President and CEO of People’s United Bank; Vince Santilli, Executive Director of the People’s United Community Foundation; and Armando F. Goncalves, Senior Vice President and Division President of People’s United Bank.

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