If you’ve been downtown at the five points in Torrington today you may have looked in the window of the former home of The Arts Desire at the corner of Main Street and Water and seen two workers diligently cleaning the windows and setting up initial displays. They’re Kris and Jay Roberts of Performance Hub USA Educational Foundation, a full-fledged non-profit and their enterprise just might be the linchpin for Torrington’s downtown!

There are three individual spaces that Performance Hub will occupy. The first “room” represents the location indentified as the main entrance where the doorway is catty-corner to the five points intersection and has gorgeous windows looking out onto the street. I’m NOT going to spoil the surprise of how they expect to do the flooring-that deserves a special report all its own, but what I will say is this space will house merchandise, a listening station for local musicians’ albums/CD's/EP's etc and visitors can purchase the music right there at the HUB, and an interactive display that can assist customers find out more about the local performers.

The middle area will be used as a performance lab and meeting center where those who wish to learn more about the music industry find the knowledge and those who are currently in the industry can hone their professional business skills.

The large third area is the most intriguing concept of all. It will host a stage area for “open mic” nights, there will be seating so that those who purchase their food elsewhere downtown can take their food into the HUB during performances and listen to music.

“We’re going to be working together with the other businesses downtown to help move Torrington forward,” says Jay Roberts. “The HUB will be a great complement to the other venues. There’s visual arts (five points/artwell) and performance arts (nutmeg conservatory/warner theatre/desultory theatre) and Performance HUB will be focusing on MUSIC performance arts.

Performance HUB recently acquired their long sought after official non-profit status so any donations will be tax deductible.

For more information go to PERFORMANCE HUB WEBSITE



or call 860 689 5550


J Timothy Quirk

About The Author

J. Timothy Quirk is a cartoonist whose work is seen in newspapers in NY and NE and online on Ann Nyberg’s Network Connecticut. He is one of two administrators for the T-Town Torrington Chatter facebook group and facilitates the Cash Mob there. J. Timothy is active in the arts/culture community in Torrington and is documenting the community in his blog, Nutmeg Chatter.