On Wednesday, April 25, Connecticut Office of the Arts hosted its annual CT Arts Day. This year’s theme was Resiliency, that ineffable quality that allows people to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and to keep going in the face of adversity. The day included multiple moving and engaging performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
JDPP’s own Executive and Artistic Director, Judy Dworin, was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her inspiring and innovative work. The presentation was during the lunch session and JDPP’s Ensemble was invited to perform two selections from their repertory. Judy was presented with a beautiful custom hand-blown piece by CT glass artist Peter Greenwood. After heartily thanking Director of Culture Kristina Newman Scott and all of those at the CT Office of the Arts, she said, “I love doing this work and it is enough just to have the opportunity to see the growth and change and incredible expression in those with whom I work. To receive this award is a such an incredibly beautiful affirmation of that. I am truly humbled and honored.”
It was a brilliant and motivating day and thoroughly encapsulated all the great work being done in the field of arts in our state.