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East Hampton Arts
and Culture commission

Come join our meetings every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.

Joseph N. Goff House

2 Barton Hill Road

East Hampton, CT 06424

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Carol Lane

Rebecca Tinelle, Secretary

Melissa Pionzio, Chair

Elizabeth Sennett

Mindy Mills Maynard

Ed Yocher

Town Liaison - East Hampton Librarian Tim Kellogg



Foster, promote, encourage and celebrate the excellence, enjoyment, and abundance of arts and culture in our town.

The mission of the East Hampton Arts and Culture Commission is to foster, promote, encourage and celebrate the excellence, enjoyment, and abundance of arts and culture in our town. The Commission meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph N. Goff House Museum, 2 Barton Hill Road. We are comprised of an eclectic mix of East Hampton residents including a retired elementary school teacher, a graphic designer, a member of the Chatham Historical Society, three artists, a gardener and a local business owner. 


The Commission recently launched this web site which includes photos and information about who we are and the programs and initiatives that we support. 


Programs and initiatives that the commission supports include an annual grant program which welcomes applications from East Hampton organizations and individuals with programs and/or projects that enrich the lives of East Hampton residents through the arts. In 2022, the grant helped the students of the Start Smart Preschool Program at Memorial School attend a day trip to the Children's Museum in West Hartford where they had the chance to meet, touch and explore animals, the museum grounds and exhibits - and take the bus! A grant was also awarded to Eagle Scout Aidan Maiorino who is helping to promote literacy by building StoryWalk®. initiative at Seamster Park. 

The commission also offers a Capstone Grant Program for  East Hampton High School Students to support their Capstone Project.  Capstone projects may take a wide variety of forms including a long-term investigative project that culminates in a final product, presentation, or performance.


Through the Commission's annual art purchase award program, a piece of artwork that depicts and East Hampton scene and/or is created by an East Hampton artist is selected during the annual Art Association of East Hampton Art Show and donated to a public space in East Hampton. Art Purchase Award artwork currently hangs in the town hall, the Middle Haddam Library, the East Hampton Youth & Family Services Department, East Hampton High School, East Hampton Middle School and the East Hampton Senior Center. This initiative not only supports local artists, but brings their work into public spaces for members of the community to enjoy. 


The Commission's Student Award initiative highlights the artistic talent of East Hampton students. Annually, a piece of artwork by a student at each of the town's schools is selected by members of the commission during the spring All District Spring Art Show. Selected artwork is featured in a special exhibit at the town hall's East Hampton Student Art Gallery during the month of June and each student is presented with an engraved Bevin Bell and certificate of appreciation during a special ceremony at the Sears Park Gov. William O'Neill Pavilion. The students' art teachers, school administrators and families are invited to attend the celebration. 


The commission's annual open studio event was a fall event that provided the public the chance to visit the working studios of East Hampton Artists, who generously open their homes and working spaces to showcase their work and share information about their craft. Artists who did not have a studio to open were provided with space in the East Hampton Village Center to exhibit examples of their artwork. 


For several years the commission hosted a Theater Chat with F. Wade Russo, who served as the musical director for more than 15 shows at the Goodspeed Opera House. The free event was held at the East Hampton Public Library Community Room and featured a lively discussion of the current show at the Goodspeed, followed by a Broadway tune singalong on the library's baby grand piano. Past talks have included Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma.

Future EHACC events for 2022 include a Garden Tour and Plein Air Painting Event on July 9, 2022 featuring six local community and private gardents in East Hampton. 

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