New Haven, CT (PRWEB) July 24, 2011
The board of directors of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT) today announced the appointment of Erik Clemons as executive director and president. Clemons was previously executive director of LEAP and co-president of New Haven’s Citywide Parent-Teacher Organization.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Erik on board to lead this progressive and innovative initiative,” said CONNCAT Board Chairman Carlton L. Highsmith. “Erik brings a superb set of skills, a deep understanding of the needs of our community, and an intense passion to the work of helping the less fortunate and underserved.”
“I am honored to work with Carlton and the rest of the CONNCAT board of directors,” said Clemons. “Our shared commitment and passion for servant leadership will ensure the success of ConnCAT’s goal to facilitate the hopes and dreams of all who walk through the door such that potential and purpose are realized."
CONNCAT is an affiliate of the National Center for Arts and Technology, modeled after the nationally acclaimed Manchester Craftsman Guild and the Bidwell Training Center founded in Pittsburgh, Penn. more than forty years ago by Bill Strickland.
CONNCAT has a two-fold mission: to collaborate with area employers and academic institutions to develop and deliver market-relevant job training for the poor, unemployed, and under-employed in New Haven and surrounding communities; and to leverage the transformative power of the arts to stimulate, motivate, and inspire at-risk students toward a new appreciation for learning.
CONNCAT will open its first center in New Haven’s Science Park in January 2012.
CONNCAT will join four other NCAT affiliate centers across the country: Cincinnati, Ohio (CATC); Cleveland, Ohio (Newbridge-CAT); Grand Rapids, Mich. (WMCAT); and San Francisco, Calif. (BayCAT). Additional centers are being planned in several other cities across the United States and Canada.
For more information please visit http://www.ncat-mbc.org or contact:
Erik Clemons - erikclemons(at)yahoo(dot)com
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