September 16, 2014 – SOLD!!!!

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Yes, it’s true.
Three years after we formed Ball & Socket Arts, we are finally the owners of the Ball & Socket manufacturing Company. No one can say we rushed into this.

What’s next?
1. Celebrate
2. Achieve Historic Registry designation
3. Get the buildings stabilized
4. Raise a ton of money
5. Clean her up for good!
6. Make an amazing home for the arts
7. Celebrate

Thank you!

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Planning & Zoning Round Two

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This Monday, July 14 at 7:30 pm, Ball & Socket Arts goes in front of Cheshire’s Planning & Zoning Commission for a second round of public hearings.
We’ve made a few adjustments to our plans to address the concerns of the fire and engineering departments in town. These were minor in scope and won’t change our original vision for the site.

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Ball and Socket Arts Presents to Planning & Zoning Monday June 23

GET READY!

Ball & Socket Arts goes before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, June 23rd.
7:30 Town Hall, Cheshire CT

Ball and Socket Arts Presents to Planning & Zoning Monday June 23

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We are presenting our project to the town, including the re-zoning of the site. This is a vital part of our project as it is the final step before we can finally close the sale. It is a culmination of a year of planning and the work of many experts in the field. The Planning and Zoning Commission must approve our proposed project and public feedback plays an important role in the process.
Anyone can step up and speak against or in favor of the project. Naturally, we’d love it if you spoke in favor…

Can you join us?

P.S. We’re not the first item on the agenda, so you can be a little late and not miss anything..
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Ball & Socket Arts goes before P&Z on Monday, June 23rd

Ball & Socket Arts goes before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, June 23rd.

bs-signWe are presenting our project to the town, including the rezoning of the site. This is a public forum and anyone can step up and speak against or in favor of the project.

This is a vital part of our project as it is the final step before we can finally take possession of the site and close the sale. It is a culmination of a year of planning and the work of many experts in the field, all of whom are from Cheshire. The Planning and Zoning Commission must approve our proposed project and public feedback plays an important role in the process.

If you’d like to see this project succeed in town, please make an effort to spend a Monday night with us at the Cheshire Town Hall, and voice your support for our efforts.

The session begins at 7:00 pm, updated postings are in the Cheshire Herald and on the Town of Cheshire website.
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Ball & Socket Arts: The Vision

Ball & Socket Arts seeks to:

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• Transform the historic Ball & Socket factory and grounds into an arts and entertainment complex

• Present curated exhibitions of professional artists with a focus on contemporary art, and provide exhibition spaces for regional artists and community organizations

• Present professional music and theater performances and provide opportunities for community productions
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FOUNDERS’ STATEMENT

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“If they say it can’t be done,
it doesn’t always work out that way”
–Yogi Berra

Our vision for Ball & Socket Arts is to transform the historic Ball & Socket factory and grounds into an arts and entertainment complex housing performing spaces, art galleries, a cinema, classrooms, studios, food services and retail establishments. We will present our own curated exhibitions and programs, and offer our spaces to other organizations, both professional and amateur, for meetings, events and presentations of their work. We hope Ball & Socket will become a hub of arts and community activity where passionate people can work alongside one other for the betterment of all.
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Please take a moment to visit The Great Give Website and make a donation

Thank you to everyone who gave and helped spread the word about the Great Give 2014.

We received 50 donations totaling $4010! Not bad for a day’s work.

Please stay tuned as we head into an exciting summer for Ball & Socket Arts.

Dear Friends of Ball & Socket!

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The Great Give is underway!Your contribution is enormously important today! It only takes a minute: https://thegreatgive.org/#npo/ball-socket-arts

A donation to Ball & Socket Arts will help:

– Create a home for the arts in the heart of Cheshire

– Rehabilitate and beautify an important local historic site

– Spur economic activity for small businesses in town

– Create a unique and exciting place to go, right in the middle of  town
The campaign includes a series of prizes, matching gift challenges and fun twists that will make your dollars go even further in helping our cause.

Visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ballandsocketarts

Please take a moment to visit The Great Give Website and make a donation.

 

The Great Give 2014 is on!

THE GREAT GIVE 2014 STARTS TODAY
May 6, 2014, 8 a.m.
and lasts until 8 p.m. May 7th

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Cheshire, but we need your help getting there.

Last year, we raised $17,000 in direct donations and a $15,000 prize for having The Most New Donors during the Great Give 2013, a biannual 36-hour competitive fundraising drive hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. This year we want to win the prize for most donations overall!

A donation to Ball & Socket Arts will help
– create an exciting arts and entertainment complex in the heart of Cheshire
– rehabilitate and beautify an important local historic site
– and spur economic activity for small businesses in town

The campaign includes a series of prizes, matching gift challenges and fun twists that will make your dollars go even further in helping our cause. Continue reading