Artists in the Country started in 2001, when Ann, Michelle and Lauren
decided to use their land to host artists, and raise money for children with
autism to attend camp at Eden Institute's Camp in Chaplin CT. From 2001 to 2008,
money was raised for the camp, and about 18 children with autism from CT received
scholarships to enable them to attend one week of overnight camp. About $25,000
was raised for Eden Institute Camp.
In 2009 and 2010, when Eden Institute did not return to Chaplin for
the summer months, monies were raised for a local day camp in Killingly CT, Camp Quinebaug, which also services children with autism and other special needs. In
the last two years, about $2,700 was raised to send children with autism and
other special needs to attend Camp Quinebaug.
Artists in the Country has hosted 3 musical showcases with
bands playing in October as well also conducted Open Studios for several years.
For the last 7 years, Artists in the Country has hosted an April Artists
Collaborative, which this year was renamed a “Spring Collaborative” as it went
into several weekends in May, 2011.
Ann, Michelle, & Lauren
the Chuk Family
Ann Chuk: the creator of Artists in the Country, has been a
Speech Pathologist for the public schools since 1972. Ann has worked for many
years towards including children with special needs into regular classroom
environments and to build their communication skills with their peers. Ann has
her 6th year in the field of Assistive Technology, which builds on her ability
to help children learn in the regular educational classroom through the use of
assistive technology tools when needed for learning to communicate. Ann has done
workshops and consultations for families and teachers. Last year, Ann retired
from full time teaching and is presently working part time as a Speech Language
Pathologist in Ashford, CT and in Norwich CT.
Michelle is working in the field of Public Health in Washington, DC. She
presently also sings with the Congressional Chorus in DC and also has loved and
been involved in “the arts” since childhood.
sang and acted in many shows throughout elementary school and through high
school. She played flute in her school orchestras. In college, she participated
in several choirs and acapella singing groups. After graduation, when living in
a new city, and missing singing and playing the flute, she co-organized an
acapella group called Vocal Therapy which sang in the D.C. area for two years.
She is a valuable asset to the Artists in the Country family endeavor.
Lauren is a teacher and basketball coach in Worcester, MA. She plays a vital
role in the success of Artists in the Country.
Her contributions include, but are not limited to the creation of the program
guide, landscaping of the barn, and many hours of preparation. Throughout high
school, although mainly spending her time on the athletic
fields for basketball, soccer and softball, she also showed interest in the
played saxophone, and continued with art classes in high school. As a
senior project, she did a wall mural in the music hallway of her high
school, which still can be seen today.
Woodstock is only 50
min. from Hartford/ Providence, 90 min. from Boston, and 25 minutes from
Sturbridge/Worcester. Woodstock is a great place
to discover during every season, ESPECIALLY in the fall. Bring your sketchbooks,
and stroll around the pond and barn. Bring your picnic lunches, friends, and
family and enjoy a beautiful day! Ann, Michelle, & Lauren welcome you.
We were on the radio on 9/20/10, check it out