My Windham Project News & Press

Press Release

For Immediate release:

Partnerships lead to Arts Revival in Downtown Willimantic

Willimantic CT — A collaborative partnership between Eastern Connecticut State University, the Town of Windham, and various arts and nonprofit organizations such as Kerri Gallery, Burton Leavitt Theater and Access Agency, has led to a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Arts’ Arts Leadership program to support “My Windham.” The goal of this collaborative public arts project is to turn Willimantic’s Main Street, from the mills to Town Hall, into an alternative arts exposition during spring 2015.

The My Windham project seeks submissions of art or creative artistic proposals from any artist in any discipline — painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and video, animation, music, dance, poetry, spoken word, theatre and performance art. Submissions will be accepted from Aug. 15–Dec. 15, 2014.

A group of professional art jurors will make selections from the submissions and the results will be exhibited and performed in the downtown area within participating businesses in their storefronts, gallery spaces and theaters, public parks and parking lots from April 26–June 3, 2015.

Gail Gelburd, professor of art history in the Visual Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University, will curate the project with the assistance of Eastern students, volunteers from AccessAmerica and anyone else in Willimantic who wants to be a part of this event.

Windham hopes to further define itself as an arts community. It already is a unique blend of history—Victorian homes, the thread mills, and the origins of the town’s infamous “frog” icon—and cultural innovations such as the famous Boom Box parade on July 4, the Third Thursday Street Fest, and other cultural and artistic expressions. Willimantic’s diversity, youthfulness and off-the-beaten-path soul continue to attract new businesses and more people to its downtown.

What’s Windham to you? A river town? A railroad town? A college town? Is it one yet? Can it become one? The My Windham project seeks to explore and answer their questions. Find out more at Submit works or proposals of work to You may also contact Gelburd at or through the Visual Arts Department at (860) 465-0197.

Selected MY WINDHAM 2015 Press Clippings

Television/ Radio

April 1, 2:00 Charter Access TV with John Murphy “Homefront”
(Gelburd, Duke, Turner, SaintOnge)

April 6, 2015 5:15 WILI “Fun, Festivals and Flair “ with Alison Kaufman

April 7, 2015 WECS radio with John Murphy
(Gelburd, Turner)

April 8, 2:00 Charter Access TV with John Murphy “Homefront”
(Gelburd, Funderburk, Turner, SaintOnge)

Aprill 22 and 29, 2015 6 PM Charter Access TV with Dennis O’Brien “Windham Works” (Gelburd)

April 24, 2015 WILI Radio 1400 AM Wayne Norman Show
(Gelburd, Funderburk)

April 29, 2015, 5:30 PM Tina Detelj, WTNH Channel 8 television, New Haven
(Turner) (images of Byrne, Fenn, Jones)

On line: Improving -willimantic’s-Image-Through-Art-in-willimatic / article/20150401/NEWS/150409966 April 1
“Town of Windham to host My Windham exhibition in downtown Willimantic”

local.norwichbulletin/Willimantic-CT/ arts-and-entertainment/events/The-My-Windham-Project-860-465-0197
“The My Windham Public Art Project Open Until June 6

My Windham Public Art Project

“My Windham Public Art Project”

StreetIam. com Blog from Germany, April 29, 2015 “ Main Street Store Fronts Become Art Spaces”
Hartford Courant On-line: 1927- Willimantic-as-a-Work-of-Art”
My Windham Project on Facebook ( 641 people saw one post alone)
MyWindhamProject on instagram

In Print

Al Malpa “Artsy Windham” The Chronicle, April 25-26 2015 ( vol.133, no 98) (Fenn, Byrne, Rahmanifar)

“My Windham to Turn Main Street into an Art Gallery” The Chronicle, April 23, 2015

“My Windham Showcases Local Artists”, Reminder News of Hartford Courant, May 1 2015 (Gelburd, Byrne, Hebert, Sherman)

Roxanne Pandolfi “Bursting with Color” The Chronicle, May 8, 2015 (vol 133, no. 109) (Duke, Jones)

Susan Dunne “Main Street Storefronts Become Art Spaces in ’MyWindham’, Hartford Courant, April 28, 2015 (Chibeau)

Susan Dunne, “Strolling for Art” Hartford Courant, April 29, 2015 (Gabryl)

Michelle Firestone, “First Street Fest” The Chronicle, May 22, 2015