Mayor Boughton is asking local artists and graphic designers to submit draft proposals for consideration in the City’s Traffic Box Art Program. A selection committee will choose one or more artists to design art that will be printed on vinyl wrapping and placed on traffic boxes throughout the city center.

“Downtown represents the vibrancy of the Danbury community, and by partnering with our residents and businesses for this project, we hope to capture that vibrancy in a new, unique, and artistic way,” said Mayor Boughton. “We are putting out a call to artists so that the local community, people who live in and know Danbury, can team up with the City and bring this special public art project to life in downtown Danbury.”


Published in ArtsWestern News
Saturday, 05 August 2017 15:21





 "Doing Good is a simple and universal vision. A vision to which each and every one of us can connect and contribute to its realization." - businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison 

Each year, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut recognizes outstanding philanthropic giving and volunteerism that support arts and culture, and each year, the Cultural Alliance requests that the public be involved in nominating outstanding business leaders and volunteers who have made a significant impact on their communities. Seeking nominations, the Cultural Alliance reaches out to its ten-town region: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding, and Sherman. "We're blessed with cultural diversity and the region's investment in that uniqueness," says Lisa Scails, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance. "The awards were established to highlight a synergism between the arts, business markets, and their communities that reflects not only the purpose of the Cultural Alliance but the region's health and well-being."

This year, awards will be presented at the Cultural Alliance's 11th Annual "Business Supports the Arts" awards breakfast on Thursday, October 12th at The Amber Room Colonnade. A highly anticipated event each year, the "Business Supports the Arts" awards breakfast brings in substantial support of the Cultural Alliance's mission: To market the region; to develop livable communities; and to provide opportunities and resources to the creative community it serves. 

Nominations can include a corporate, entrepreneurial, or your own business; a colleague or community partner; a volunteer; or someone who does Good for the community and deserves recognition. Four awards are given: "Business Supports the Arts" (BSA) Award, Arts In the Community Award, Heart of the Arts Award, and the Art Impacts Life Award. 

The most prestigious award, the BSA award, is  presented to mid-sized to large businesses for their exemplary giving practices. It recognizes the broad impact made and significant philanthropic contributions to support art, history and culture within the Cultural Alliance's 10-town region. Last year's recipient was Ridgefield's Doyle Coffin Architecture (BSA Award).

The Arts in the Community award highlights, promotes, and honors local business leaders who have encouraged and supported innovative approaches to using the arts to build and sustain vibrant, healthy, and creative communities that focus on economic development. This award is usually presented to a local business or business leader. The Bethel Economic Development Office received the honor at last year's breakfast.

The Heart of the Arts award recognizes the outstanding volunteer efforts of an individual and their contributions made to encourage and nurture arts and culture in their community, and significantly increasing our region's quality of life. Last year's honoree was Howard Lasser of Brookfield.

The Art Impacts Life Award, which was established in 2016 and awarded to Hancock Hall in Danbury, addresses the quite tangible results that come from including art, cultural activities, and creative expression in everyday life.    

Nomination information and forms can be obtained by visiting artswesternct.org  The deadline for receipt of all nomination forms is Friday, August 4th. Sponsorship opportunities are available now by calling the offices of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut at (203) 798 0760.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. Major funding is received from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and the Cultural Alliance is also supported by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations. 


For years, Elena Kalman and Susan Hoffman Fishman did what artists tend to do, create art.

Painters both, they expressed themselves through pigment and canvas. About 10 years ago, these longtime friends noticed their conversations were revolving around purpose and potential. Were they making art that mattered? Were they addressing issues that concerned them, and by extension, their communities? Were they connecting with the public in deep and meaningful ways? They had come to the proverbial quandary: What were they doing with their lives, and were they using their talents in a meaningful way?

“We started asking ourselves what are we passionate about and what issues are really important to us,” says Kalman, an architect who has lived in Stamford for more than 25 years. “We wanted a meaningful connection with the public and to create art that was attached to subjects that were important to people. We wanted to make something that was really useful, and brought about a more serious conversation about art and the human condition. That is how our collaboration in public art started.”

Public art defines itself by its very name — art intended for public consumption in a public place. It is often free, easily accessible and at times, inspired by the community or place in which it is to be exhibited. It can delve into socially conscious or historically relevant issues. All those elements were appealing to Kalman and Hoffman Fishman, who lives in West Hartford, but they wanted the public to be more than observers or consumers. The public are creators, which is why they call their projects interactive public arts projects.





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287 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Tel 203.798.0760


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