Last September, 2016, the CAA was awarded a grant through the Arts and Cultural Collaborative, Waterbury Region, to deliver a program that introduced the accordion to band students at Wolcott High School. This is one of many outreach activities that are taking place locally as well as on a national level. The program in Connecticut involved classroom instruction about the accordion, opportunities for the students to learn the rudiments of the instrument as well as hear guest artists in solo and ensemble format. The program will allow the students to join the CAA orchestra on their own instruments in concert on May 21 at the Mattatuck Museum. They will also perform for their own student body at Wolcott High School on May 24.