The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum provides logistical and financial support to hold the Annual Trash Art Show and Sale at the Eric Sloane Museum. The Trash Art Show was the vision of museum curator Barb Russ. Her inspiration came from thinking about how the Eric Sloane Museum partially came about – through a land donation by The Stanley Tool Works of New Britain. At the time of the donation, the land was being used by the Town of Kent as a dump site. Through a creative initiative involving The Stanley Works and Eric Hatch – then the newly appointed director of the Connecticut Historic Commission – the land was ceded to the commission and the path begun towards what became the Eric Sloane Museum. The show attracts dozens of local artists and is one of the best-attended events held at the museum.