Pressroom for the Arts Center Killingworth

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The Arts Center Killingworth (ACK) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization focused on the development and presentation of the visual and performing arts on the Shoreline of Connecticut and beyond. ACK supports amateur and professional artists by organizing exhibits and concerts, staging theater events, and offering classes, intensives, workshops and Summer Camps for adults, teens and children.



Founded in 2003, the key to growth for the Arts Center has been its program development – from one small, free Origami Workshop to the current, always expanding variety of visual programs and performing events.

Visual Arts

ACK offers both Weekday and Weekend art programs including Workshops, Intensives and Classes. Local teaching artists contribute their knowledge and passion in a warm, creative, intimate environment. New programs for all ages are added seasonally! View our program Calendar here

The largest visual arts event of the year is the annual Madison Green Arts Festival. The first, held over a beautiful October 2005 weekend, showcased 17 artists and crafters with open studios, demonstrations, and exhibitions at both the ACK and at a month-long exhibition. Over the years it has grown to include over 100 fine artists and artisans, drawing attendees throughout New England and the tri-state area.

Performing Arts

The Arts Center continues to present a variety of high profile musicians to the Shoreline for its annual Jazz NightOut concert series.



Classes and Workshops

Thanks for coordinating wonderful classes! – Kaoru Tamura, class participant

I really enjoyed the Beginning Drawing Class with Ed.  He is enthusiastic and thoughtful.
 He gave us tools/ways to practice drawing so that we would improve and taught us how to see an object and make it three dimensional.
 I do hope that there will be a follow up! Susan Wyne, class participant

I had so much fun during the wet felting workshop. I had never done this before and was floored that Robin had brought so many wonderful colors of Marino wool to choose from. Even though the writeup said I would complete an entire project during the time allotted, I thought I would never be able to do so, but I did!  I now have a gorgeous pocketbook! Robin McCahill is a terrific teacher, somehow managing to assist everyone, as she demonstrated exactly how to lay out the wool, roll, knead and rub.  She made sure all of us had something wonderful to take home. I would definitely take this workshop again.  Now that I know how, I have other things I would like to create. Kudos to the Arts Center Killingworth. – Rhoda Pierce, workshop participant

I really enjoyed Hayne’s workshop. He is such a generous and knowledgeable teacher that I think everyone had a great learning experience.  The timing was just right and I look forward to hearing about another hands-on workshop.  Thanks to the Arts Center Killingworth for planning it.  – Ann-Marie Szerejko, workshop participant

Summer Fashion Weeks

My eleven year old daughter was in her glory the whole week! As a parent I was thoroughly impressed with Fashion Week. Nothing else like it around this area. – Liz Connelly (daughter Emily)

Sarah has learned so much during Fashion week I. She had no experience with sketching prior to this class and was pleased to see her progress in this aspect of fashion design. She gained confidence in her sewing ability and came away with a sense of accomplishment. – Laurie Webb (daughter Sarah)

It was a great week! Jill really enjoyed the previous week as a model/counselor. Jillian really liked working with Wendy. Fashion Week Two she really enjoyed as a participant. The trash to treasure project was a lot of fun and she also really like Nikki as an instructor too. Gloria was great and Jill loves the drawing portion of the week. The hair/makeup and photo shoot was exceptional as well and certainly a highlight of the summer. Jill is definitely interested in assisting next year, as well as taking another week of camp. – Elaine Nielsen (daughter Jill)


Autumn Arts Festival

Fabulous outdoor craft and art show.  The variety and quality of artists’ work is outstanding   and it is good to see artists from out of my area.  – Anonymous Resident from Milford 

The Arts Center’s commitment to Autumn Art Trail means even when things are really rough in our economy, people still get a chance to see and be around art in ways that are really important.  Several of my visitors were people who had done the art trail before, but I had a lot of first-timers too.  I had visitors come from Pennsylvania and New Yorik as well as Connecticut.  I very much enjoyed participating and I hope to so again next year.  – Paula Billups, Open Studio Artist in Ivoryton

Had a wonderful time at the Autumn Art Trail Outdoor Festival! Thank you to Barbara and all the volunteers for all all of their hard work! – Mary Vetel, Jewelery Designer at Madison Festival

Jazz NightOut

I just want to thank you again for last night. I had a wonderful time and I really appreciate you having us. I thought the whole evening went fantastically, from beginning to end. Thanks again! – Alma Macbride, performing artist at Jazz NightOut 2012

I just wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic Jazz NightOut. My wife and I were there and I brought our neighbors out too. We all loved it. That was very NYC quality music right here in Connecticut! Thanks for getting such great talent together and thank you for being such a vibrant supporter of the arts!! – Bill & Margaret Mather, audience members

I hear Jazz Night Out was a big success! I just wanted to thank you so much for being so nice. With all that you had going on, you were somehow able to get my parents great seats and you were so thoughtful to announce my Dad’s birthday. Thanks for planning such a great event – my parents said it was packed and enjoyed every minute of it – and apparently there were quite a few minutes! I do hope that I can participate in an upcoming event. My daughter is just about two, so before I know it, she’ll be able to check out the center as well. –  Audrey Brainerd


Creative Arts Birthday Parties

I recently had my 11th Birthday party at the Arts Center Killingworth.  All of my friends and I all had a blast.  I just loved the fact that when you walked in, there were a bunch of neat and pretty things on the table.  I liked the fact that you told us about the different things we could embellish, and then we all got to do our own thing.  When I think about it, I guess that my favorite part was making the earrings because I got my ears pierced recently and I didn’t have a lot of earrings.  Now I have a whole bunch and the best part about them is that I made them myself!  The fact that everyone there was welcoming and cheerful was fantastic!  I love how they decorated the place with my favorite color blue!  The decorations that were upstairs where we ate were great.  It felt so homey!  It was really fun when we dressed up in our embellished clothing and the other articles of clothing you had, and then went outside and took funny pictures!  Overall, I had a wonderful time there and all of my friends did too. Thank you so much for offering these great parties for kids like me.  I had a blast! – Olivia Chasse, Age 11

My daughter’s birthday theme was Halloween.  We arrived to a spooky cave-like lair of black, orange and urple decorations complete with spiderwebs and candles.  The girls wasted no time making their crafts and jewelry.  They were so engaged and excited that we had to make them stop to eat! I’m glad to have met you as well and look forward to many more workshops sponsored by the center.  I think you’ve got something really special there with a lot of potential for this area. – Thelma Halloran, Mother


Madison Green Outdoor Arts Festival and Open Art Studio Trail

2013 Shore Publishing Feature Article
2013 Shoreline Times Article
2012 Shore Publishing Article
2011 Shore Publishing Feature Article
2011 New Haven Register Feature Article
2010 Shore Publishing Feature Article
2009 Shore Publishing Feature Article
2008 Connecticut Home and Garden Magazine Feature Article
2007 Valley Courier Feature Article
2006 The Source Feature Article
2006 Shoreline Harvester Feature Article
2005 Main Street News Article

Classical and Jazz NightOut Concerts

2013 The Day: Fall Jazz NightOut at The Kate

2013 Shore Publishing: Eric Alexander Quartet
2012 The Source Article: Eddie Allen and Alma Macbride
2012 West Hartford News: Alma and Jimmy Macbride
2012 Shore Publishing Article: Haven String Quartet
2011 New Haven Register Article: Kevin Hayes and Bob Dorough
2011 Shore Publishing Article: Geller Anderson Duo
2010 NME Video: Eli Degibri Quartet
2010 NME Video: Tom Briggs and CT4
2010 Shore Publishing Article: Mary Kathleen Ernst
2009 Hartford Courant Article: Aaron Goldberg and Jimmy Macbride
2009 Shore Publishing Article: Elektra Ensemble
2008 Article: Phil Bowler Quintet and Carl Allen and New Spirit
2007 Shoreline Times Top 5 Arts & Events: Ben Wolfe

2006 Feature Article

Arts Programming

2013 Shore Publishing Feature Article: Fashion II and Art of Mother Nature Camps Still Open
2013 Middletown Press Article: July Summer Camps
2013 Shore Publishing Feature Article: Adult Art Programs
2012 Shore Publishing Feature Article: Sunday Afternoon Workshops
2011 Shore Publishing Feature Article and Video: Fashion Weeks for Teens
2011 Middletown Press Feature Article: PuppetSpeak
2010 Killingworth Krier Feature: Grassroots Arts Center Grows Up
2010 Shore Publishing Article and Video: Teens teaching Art
2010 Shore Publishing Feature Article: Photography
2006 Clinton Recorder Article
2006 Main Street News Feature Article:PuppetSpeak
2004 The Source Feature Article: Shadows from Around the World