Subject: Director's Desk: Congratulate our Arts Hero + "Spotlight" Now on SoundCloud + Our Appeal

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JANUARY 18, 2023
Congratulations to our ARTS HERO 2023, Maricarmen Godoy - nominated by our readers, and selected by our regional panel:  Elaine Braithwaite (Bridgeport Public Library), Frank Derico (Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County), and Megan Quinn (Fairfield Theatre Company).

The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing inspiring things in, for, or through the arts in Connecticut. Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to an array of remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts - some publicly and some behind the scenes. Arts Heroes are nominated by the citizens of CT and are selected by regional panels. See all Arts Heroes here.

Maricarmen Godoy, of Norwalk, is a journalist, artist manager and philanthropist. She belongs to the fifth generation of a family of musicians from Ecuador. Maricarmen began singing sacred music from an early age, and made a living as a singer while she finished her journalism degree from Universidad Central de Ecuador. She migrated to the United States in 1997 with her daughter, Angie, who is an award-winning violinist and cultural entrepreneur. As a citizen artist and cultural promoter, she saw a need to advocate for emerging artists who have are pursuing their international careers. Her community work began at the Ecuadorian Civic Center in Danbury, Connecticut and she is a founding member for what is now the Ecuadorian Civic Committee of Stamford.
In 2021, Maricarmen founded En Vivo con Maricarmen, a non-profit organization that uplifts Latin-American artists. Throughout the pandemic, her philanthropic work directly supported musicians, sound engineers, and video editors in times when the stages were closed and artists were in crisis. As a journalist, Maricarmen amplifies community arts and cultural events. She is an editor for La Voz Hispana de Connecticut, a Spanish newspaper based in New Haven, and the anchor of En Vivo con Maricarmen, a Spanish radio news show on 103.5FM La Voz Radio. Maricarmen is a contributor to the Fairfield County Catholic newspaper, where she writes articles in Spanish. She serves as a volunteer bilingual translator and artist liaison for INTEMPO in Stamford.
Please join us as we honor the CT Arts Heroes at a special evening event on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 6 pm at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford

The event is be free and open to all. We ask for registrations so we can plan accordingly based on the number of attendees. 
Our Dec. 19th interview program Symphonic Changes is now available as a podcast at: 

Hear Music Directors Jonathan Yates (Norwalk Symphony) and Stuart Malina (Greenwich Symphony) together with executive directors Russell Jones (Orchestra Lumos) and Mark Halstead (Greater Bridgeport Symphony) talk about the changes afoot at their orchestras and how they are tackling the challenges created by COVID and its aftermath.  Hear the broadcast anytime at
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