CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT

CALL FOR COLLABORATIVE ARTS PROGRAMS

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"ENDWORKS" TO GIVE VOICE TO THE VISION OF THE WOMEN'S CENTER

“We who have means, and a voice must use them to help those who have neither.” - author for young adults, Jennifer Donnelly

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has issued, in collaboration with the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, Inc., a call for arts-related projects that will help to move a conversation forward regarding issues of domestic violence and sexual assault that are socially direct and culturally aware in their expression. The goal, through 2018, is to partner with three community producers/presenters of arts-related programs as collaborative participants in "EndWorks," a series giving voice “...to end the violence against women, men, and children, to foster equality and empowerment for all." As such, the relationship between artist and audience will be distinctive and personal, crafting an artist-led encounter between those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and sexual assault, and those who have not.

Proposals should be directed to the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. There are no deadlines to apply and all artistic means of expression and voice are welcomed. For guidelines, visit artswestenct.org To submit an event, go to http://bit.ly/endworks2  Major funding for the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is provided with the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT

PAIRS WRITERS WITH ART EXHIBITION  AT @287 GALLERY

"BROADSIDES: WRITERS' RESPONSE TO ENDWORKS" 

OPENS FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND 

photo: contemporary broadsides by recent artist-in-residence Theresa Easton at Robert Smail's Printing Works, a 150-year-old "living museum" supported by the National Trust of Scotland

To complement its current visual art show, "Endworks: Out of Darkness," at @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut invited five writers to respond to the exhibition's artworks. Their written commentary, entitled "Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks," will address selected visual statements about domestic violence and sexual abuse. "Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks" opens on Friday, June 2nd, with a free public reception for the  broadsides installation, which features reading, writing, and conversation. The reception will take place from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at @287 Gallery and Meeting Place, 287 Main Street, Danbury. For reservations, go to http://bit.ly/endworksbroadsides Featuring the words of five young Connecticut women, this complement to the exhibition is part of a continued effort by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut to build community dialogue.  A meaningful collaboration between the Cultural Alliance and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, "Endworks: Out of Darkness" runs through Friday, August 4th.

Long-gone ephemera, broadsides were usually printed on single thin sheets of paper on one side, designed as a cost-effective way to advertise products, theatrical and musical performances, patriotic and popular songs, government proclamations, town meeting announcements, as well as political and satirical commentary, and often pinned on the walls of taverns or other meeting places. This early form of written communication used in America died out with newspapers, but it still continues in the hands of contemporary artists who understand a broadside's immediacy and reach. 

The writers participating in “Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks”, were selected by guest curator, Dr. Brian Clements, Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University. They are (pictured L. to. R.): Emily Carney (Danbury, CT), Emily Chauvin (New Milford, CT), Samantha A. Garcia, (Monroe, CT), Melissa Johnson (New London, CT),  and Steph Meyers (Brookfield, CT). Antonia Schachter is project advisor and coordinator.  

“The five young writers contributing to the ‘Endworks’ project are among the brightest young writers in Connecticut. Each of them has written—in their poems, their fiction, their journalism—about the ways contemporary American life challenges the rights of women to live unfettered by sexism, by culturally endorsed economic handicaps, by domestic violence, and to do the work to which they are committed without having to fight for the moral and political right to do that work. This is an important exhibit for Western Connecticut, and I, for one, cannot wait to see the energy generated in this work from the combination of these powerful artists and writers,” commented Dr. Clements.

@287 Gallery is supported by the Savings Bank of Danbury. The @287 Gallery & Meeting Place is open 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday and Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut depends largely on community support for its programs and services.  Contact Lisa Scails to volunteer or to donate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information,  call (203) 798 0760 or visit www.artswesternct.org

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