NEWS – Abrakadoodle Announces Newest Franchise Location: Central CT

NEWS – Abrakadoodle Announces Newest Franchise Location: Central CT

Kevin Cox and Brian Ballou will be bringing creative art education to schools and community sites throughout Central Connecticut.

 Sterling, VA — Abrakadoodle is pleased to welcome new franchise owners Kevin Cox and Brian Ballou of Middletown, CT as they embark on developing their art education franchise that will serve Central Connecticut to include Hartford, Glastonbury, Newington, Middletown, Meriden and Wallingford. Abrakadoodle Central Connecticut will bring creative, mobile art programs to benefit children in the community. Abrakadoodle’s award-winning visual arts classes, camps, workshops, in-school field trips, special events and arty parties are delivered at schools, community centers, and other community sites. “I want to be a resource to education leaders and community members,” said Brian Ballou. “I look forward to bringing a creative spark to kids of all ages in a refreshing and empowering way that brings people together,” he remarked.

In addition to its award-winning art education programs, Abrakadoodle also offers creative art programs and social art parties and events through its Art Splash program, which is designed specifically for adults. Abrakadoodle also provides face painting for parties and community events through its Arty Faces program. Learn more about Abrakadoodle Central Connecticut and request services by visiting, call Brian Ballou at 860-578-2634 or via email at

“We are delighted to welcome Brian and Kevin to our award-winning Abrakadoodle franchise system,” said Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE, President and Co-Founder of Abrakadoodle, Inc. “They complement each other with expertise in business and the visual arts along with a genuine desire to reach children through art, which will serve them well in developing a vibrant business that serves Central Connecticut.”

Brian Ballou holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, and he is on track to graduate with an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University this June. Since 2002, Brian has grown in positions of responsibility in the insurance industry and most recently was regional vice president. “I was looking for a new experience via business ownership in a creative concept that closely aligns with my beliefs and values and Abrakadoodle was a great fit,” said Brian. The arts have been an important part of Brian’s life since he began taking part in community theater productions at the age of 13. His partner Kevin Cox is a figurative artist, specializing in oils on canvas. Kevin attended The University of Memphis where he studied art. “I think Abrakadoodle is a wonderful program and a great opportunity for us,” commented Kevin. “Art is so important for kids, and I am excited about the chance to bring a robust art program to benefit children in schools and community sites.”

Abrakadoodle of Central Connecticut is hiring teachers. If you enjoy art and working with children, contact Brian Ballou to inquire about employment opportunities. To learn more about creative art programs or to bring Abrakadoodle classes and activities to your location, please visit, contact Brian Ballou via email or call 860-578-2634. Visit Abrakadoodle Central Connecticut on Facebook for program updates.

Sterling, VA-based Abrakadoodle ( was co-founded in 2002 by award-winning educators/franchise developers Mary Rogers, MA. Ed (ret), and Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE, President. Abrakadoodle is the most comprehensive creativity and art education company of its kind, offering extensive visual arts classes, camps and parties for children ages 20 months to 14 years old at locations across the U.S. and in several international locations. Abrakadoodle’s programs inspire children’s imaginations by immersing them in such art forms as painting, sculpting, drawing, mosaics, collage, stamping, anime, paper & fabric art and much more at schools and other community locations. Abrakadoodle’s Art Splash program features creative art parties and events designed for adults ready for a creative outlet!

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