West Hartford, CT – On May 21st, 2016, Paul Sciarra of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties was awarded the Real Art Ways “Realie Award” in celebration of their 40 Anniversary, announced West Hartford Office Leader, Meryl Freedman. The Realie Award was presented to a small group of individuals who were instrumental in the growth of Real Art Ways over the years.

Real Art Ways is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization that relies on support from members and the outside community to be able to continue innovative exhibitions and programming.  These programs and exhibitions help creatively engage; build and inform communities.

Paul Sciarra is a REALTOR and former owner of 56 Arbor Street in Hartford, the building that houses Real Art Ways. He was approached by Executive Director Will K. Wilkins in the early 1990’s about the possible expansion of Real Art Ways into a much larger space within the building.  Wilkins had the ability to secure a very large grant from the State bonding commission, but to do so he would need a long term lease.  Paul and Wilkins quickly worked through the details and came to terms on a 30-year lease which ultimately secured the State grants. Shortly thereafter, Real Art Ways took over 12,000 square feet in 56 Arbor Street and began their incredible renovation which includes gallery spaces, performance spaces and a movie theater. Because of his efforts, Paul was recognized by Senator Richard Blumenthal; in honor of receiving the 2016 “Realie Award” for his amazing support of Real Art Ways and the Arts community.

“Will K. Wilkins and Real Art Ways helped change the culture of this historic building into an arts center,” stated Mr. Sciarra. “Rewarding him with a long term lease that allowed him to expand his organization into what it is today, was my way of saying thank you.”

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