Through arts festivals, arts programming, and grants to public schools and nonprofits, the Turtle Shell Fund enables community members of all ages to widen their horizons, connect to others, and build a more vibrant community. We do this with:
Each year we award between $5,000 and $10,000 in order to fill gaps in arts education in the Naugatuck Valley area. In recent years we have:
— Provided art supplies for art departments in Shelton’s elementary, intermediate and high schools
— Purchased a tent for the Shelton High School Robotics Club’s many event appearances
— Funded a district-wide art competition in the Derby School District
— Enabled the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley to initiate new programs in robotics, art and photography.
Every year, the Turtle Shell Fund provide grants to two Shelton High School seniors with a passion for the arts. The school’s arts department selects one female and one male student for this award. We grant $1,000 to each student, to help them continue their own arts education.
Soupstock Music & Arts Festival
Soupstock is an amazing 2-day music, arts, and food festival along the Housatonic River in downtown Shelton. The event gives anyone the opportunity to experience world class music, art, food and so much more! So it attracts over 6,000 people a year. Plus…it’s our primary fundraiser. At Soupstock you’ll find:
— Live music: amazing bands from across the country.
— Student Art Competition: over 200 kids from all over the Valley submit their art. Winners are selected the week before Soupstock…but at least 100 of the highest ranked entries are on display at the festival!
— Soup competition: small businesses and individuals from throughout our region make the most delectable soups…for you to judge!
— Local artisan vendors: selling everything from homemade soaps, to jewelry to specialty candies.
New Arts Programming
In June 2016, The Turtle Shell Fund hired its first Executive Director, Joe Manganello, to oversee day-to-day operations, expand our reach and kick off some new arts programming. Stay tuned for new developments! Or, if you have an idea you think we should pursue, please get in touch!