Mayor Erin E. Stewart, the New Britain Department of Public Works
and the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance present
Bees Across New Britain
Large-Scale Fiberglass Bees to be fancifully painted by area artists and located around the City as part of New Britain’s “Experience the New” campaign, and in conjunction with the creation of the Main Street Beehive Bridge
A community development project and a fundraiser for the work of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance,
especially supporting its HappeningHere.org community events calendar
Bee a part of the fun!
This project is designed to enhance the perception of New Britain as a family-friendly, welcoming, diverse and vibrant community that explicitly promotes the arts as part of our development strategy. Individuals, nonprofits and businesses are invited to associate themselves with this project by becoming a sponsor of a bee or bees.
Artists will be applying to be a part of this project by submitting their resume, samples of their work, and some preliminary ideas of how they might paint a bee. All artist applications will be vetted by a Bees Across New Britain Committee to assure a high level of quality for the project. The Committee will pair sponsors with artists who seem most likely to produce a finished bee that will meet, and hopefully exceed, the sponsor’s expectations.
- Local sculptor Craig Frederick has built the model which will be the basis for our 6’ tall fiberglass bees.
- Each bee will be painted uniquely to high artistic standards.
- If desired, and with some limitations, Sponsors can decide the location for their bee.
- The bees are, for the most part, designed to be placed outdoors and the finished bees will be clear-coated to withstand New England winter weather.
- Interior placements must be in locations that are open to the public.
- Artists will be invited to sign their bees as they wish. In addition, on the base of each bee will be a label which will include the name of the bee (if it has one), the name of the artist and the name/business of the sponsor.
- There will be a Bees Across New Britain Map that will give the location of all the bees. Hard copies of the map will be available and the map and all sponsors will be included at the Web location: HappeningHere.org/bees.
- While the design and execution of the bees will reduce the possibilities of damage to them, provisions for repair are part of the project.
Some ideas for Bees
- Hardware City Bee
- Doctor Bee
- Mechanic Bee
- Attorney Bee
- Teacher Bee
- Worker Bee
- Secretary Bee
- Bookworm Bee
- Dancing Bee
- Theater Bee
- Bar Bee
- Ice Cream Bee
- Realtor Bee
- Historian Bee
Artists do their best work when they are inspired by something and given the freedom to express this. To provide explicit instructions is tempting, but it will stifle the artists unique vision and creativity. Great art does not meet, it exceeds expectations.
There are 2 levels of sponsorships.
Bee Keepers @ $2,500
A custom-designed bee for the sponsor’s location which the sponsor will keep at the end of the Project. For tax purposes, Bee Keepers can only deduct $250 as $2,250 will be the material value of the bee. $250 is the donation to the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.
Bee Enthusiasts @ $2,000
The bee will be auctioned off at the end of the Project and placed at the location of the purchaser’s choosing. For tax purposes, Bee Enthusiasts can deduct the full $2,000.
- Summer, 2017: Creation of the maquette (model), initial publicity and sending out of sponsorship materials.
- Fall, 2017: Call to artists and ordering/manufacture of the bees.
- February, 2018: Delivery of the bees and the opening of the Beehive where the bees will be stored and painted.
- Late Spring, 2018: Installation of the bees and Bees Across New Britain Celebration!
- Fall, 2019: Bees Across New Britain Final Celebration and Auction. Relocation of the “Bee Enthusiast” bees. For the “Beekeepers” the fun continues, for the purchasers of bees it begins.
For more information
Contact Stephen Hard, GNBAA Executive Director, at 860-832-8299 or GNBAA@NewBritainArts.org
To reserve your bee
Please complete the application, and return it with a check in the full amount made out to GNBAA and mail to:
19 Chestnut Street
New Britain, CT06051
To pay with a credit card please call the GNBAA at 860-832-8299.
Because payment to the fabricator and the artists will be made upfront, the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance cannot reserve a bee without payment in full. The Greater New Britain Arts Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For tax purposes, Bee Keepers (@ $2,500) can claim $250 as a tax-deductible donation. Bee Enthusiasts can claim the full amount of $2,000 as a tax-deductible donation.