The Housatonic Valley includes Danbury and its surrounding towns of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman. The Alliance is based in Danbury, the region’s economic and cultural center and home to business leaders like GE, Boehrnger Ingleheim, Pitney Bowes, and Goodrich corporations. We are situated just across the New York border and only 60 miles outside the cultural and economic capital of the world, New York City.
More than 450 organizations, annual events, festival, fairs or projects have been identified that related to arts, culture and history. Additionally, over 900 individuals have been identified. These include hundreds of artists; 45 cultural organizations, 25 historical societies or museums, 10 libraries, 35 arts education programs and countless smaller, commercial businesses engaging in creative like graphic design, architecture, and photography. Danbury ranks 6th in the country for its “artistic wealth”, according to Richard Florida (The Atlantic, 2011) and the birth home of Charles Ives, one of America’s greatest composer, as well as where the infamous Marion Anderson lived for many years.
Our flourishing creative economy is enriched by Western Connecticut State University's School of Visual and Performing Arts, a stalwart and enduring partner in our mission. Western Connecticut is vital and engaging with world-class talent, visual arts, and history, to enjoy and to support jobs. It’s– a place where arts, history, and culture intersect to help define who we are and what we dream to become.