The Day – New London artists are honored with the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards


Two New London-based artists are among the 18 artists to be honored with the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards on Wednesday night.

Derron Wood is the founder and artistic director of the Flock Theater in New London. “He believes theater can change people’s lives and works tirelessly to make theater accessible to all members of the community,” the awards website says.

Andrew Camacho, artistically known as Suave-Ski, is a hip hop artist who is actively involved in the New London art scene. From recording music to producing videos, graphic designs and websites for local artists and businesses, he works to highlight musicians and events in a spirit of unity and collaboration. He will shortly be launching Artflame, a non-profit music mentorship program that he launched to provide a comfortable and creative environment for young people from the region to pursue their passions and encourage positivity, artistic growth and collaboration through the music making process support financially.

The Hero Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Hartford’s Infinity Music Hall as part of a free event open to all. The show starts at 6 p.m.

Established in 2016 by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who do inspiring things in, for, or through the arts in Connecticut.