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CONNECTICUT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS WITH PUBLICATION OF FIRST 'CULTURE GUIDE'

Commission on Culture & Tourism's Spring-Summer 2005 Edition Showcases Performing Arts, Exhibitions, Festivals and Special Events Across State

HARTFORD, April 15, 2005 --- The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism is shining the spotlight on one of the state's greatest strengths with the publication of the very first Connecticut Culture Guide. The free, just-released Spring-Summer 2005 edition is a handy reference guide to the most exciting cultural happenings across the state, showcasing leading performing arts organizations and new productions, exhibitions, festivals and special events scheduled through August. The guide is available by calling 800-CT-BOUND (1-800-282-6863).

"The 'C' in Connecticut stands for culture," said Jennifer Aniskovich, executive director of the Commission on Culture & Tourism. "One of the greatest pleasures of visiting or living here is the extraordinary wealth of performing and visual arts and special events celebrating Connecticut's history, ethnic diversity, natural beauty and ways of life. We are tremendously excited about creating the Culture Guide, which residents and visitors alike can use to discover all that Connecticut offers culturally, from fine art to fireworks, modern dance or cutting edge theater."

The Culture Guide includes an appealing overview of Connecticut's vibrant cultural scene as well as a calendar of events, listings of performing arts venues, exhibition spaces and historic sites, and several features on the attractions. These include a feature on New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas, one of the state's premier cultural events; a letter from Joanne Woodward, artistic director of the newly renovated Westport Country Playhouse; a story about the exhibition Barn Again!, a look at the role of barns in American culture featuring several barns in Connecticut, and suggestions for cultural activities of interest to children and families as well as for outdoor cultural events. Wherever available, the guide provides web links to each arts organization or event.

Visitors may also request a free copy of the new Connecticut 2005 Vacation Guide, which features the popular 52 Getaways, pre-packaged itineraries by interest and geographic region.

Connecticut offers visitors a multi-faceted wealth of attractions; historical, cultural and recreational activities; diverse and beautiful natural landscapes; and parks, beaches and wilderness sure to fulfill any getaway need. Please call 800-CT-BOUND or visit www.ctbound.org for further information on Connecticut's 52 Getaways, resorts, restaurants and country inns, B&B's and other accommodations.

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism brings together tourism, film, history and the arts. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state.

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