Recognition for those behind city's youth talent show

The New London Youth Collaborative has handed out awards to individuals and groups who participated in, and contributed to, the 2nd annual New London Youth Talent Show.

The awards were presented during the Sept. 17 City Council meeting.

Among those honored were Superintendent of Schools Nicholas A. Fischer; Steve Sigel, who provided access to the Garde Arts Center; and Ken Kitchings and the Kitchings Foundation.

Also recognized were Samantha Latham; Jamelaa Jones, Ron Bastine and Teresa Vasquez, the show's creative team and talent mentors; and John Napier.

Groups that helped with the production included Writer's Block Ink; Partners: Arts, Community & Education (PACE); We're Too Original (WTO); New London High School Band; the mayor's office and City Council; radio station Jammin' 107.7.

Planning for the third annual show is underway, according to Curtis K. Goodwin of Curtis K. Goodwin Productions.

"We are moved by the region's support of this endeavor and are anticipating yet another sold-out show,'' Goodwin told city councilors. "The show has garnered major attention and we are excited to continue its growth as it becomes a staple in the community. We are energized to be part of building such an event for our communities to look forward to attending and supporting annually."

The show is sponsored by the Kitchings Foundation and is directed by the New London Youth Collaborative, under the direction of Goodwin.

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