Cat calls at Real Art Ways are part of the show

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HARTFORD--Part social sculpture and part performance piece, Real Art Ways in Hartford has gone to the cats.

The latest exhibit is called "Cats-in-Residence," and it combines the works and sculptures of various artists and architects. But the real mission? Finding new homes for the cats that roam a giant cage on the gallery floor.

"It's a way to use the art and the design and the architecture to help these kitties find a home," said Will K. Wilkins, the executive director of Real Art Ways.

The gallery has partnered with the Connecticut Cat Connection and, presently, there are nine cats that walk among the artworks. The design  is to help get more felines into Real Art Ways and, ultimately, into new homes. "If this round of cats gets adopted," Wilkins said, "Connecticut Cat Connection is going to give us more cats, so we'd like to see 20, 30, 40 cats get adopted."

Already 25 volunteers have signed up to help monitor the cats and assist with adoptions.

The exhibit was previously in New York, and 25 cats were adopted during its run there. The exhibit at Real Art Ways runs until Dec. 7, and after that it is set to head to Los Angeles. For more info click here.

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