Notebook

Notebook, 1993-

DIRECTORIES - A Representative Listing with Periodic Corrections and Additions.
In review for updates in 2016

Visual Arts in
Connecticut . . . . . . CT . . . MA . . . ME . . . NH . . . RI . . . VT . . . NE

Prominent sources for art news and calendar events are listed in addition to art museums, professional schools, arts organizations, associations and centers. This directory suggests the wealth of visual arts experiences and resources in Connecticut. Note that it is not a complete list! Be sure to search online for any area of interest that is not included here.

Note: ** Indicates a year 2015 addition to the list



News
Be sure to explore area Colleges and Universities for publications and join them and the museums, artists, galleries and the many arts institutions and associations in Connecticut and the New England Region on social networks for updates on their resources, projects and events.

Connecticut Commission for the Arts - eNewsletter - eAlerts. . . . . Culture Connect . . . . . Be sure to explore area Colleges and Universities for publications and join social networks for updates on projects and events related to museums, artists, galleries and the many arts institutions and associations in Connecticut and the New England Region.


Connecticut Art Trail . . . . . Connecticut Art Scene . . . . . Connecticut Art Museums, Non-Profits, Art Centers, Artists Websites, Fairs . . . . . Creative Arts Workshop Calendar . . . . . ctnow.com Museums & Galleries . . . . . Connecticut Art Galleries . . . . . Connecticut Newspapers . . . . . Northwest Connecticut Arts Council . . . . . New England Foundation for the Arts Calendar . . . . . NemaNews [New England Museum Association]. . . . . Art New England . . . . . artscope - New England's Culture Magazine & Blog . . . . . Real Art Ways News and Weekly eNews . . . . . New England Entertainment Digest . . . . . The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. . . . . Very Special Arts of Connecticut . . . . . New England Artisans Guild . . . . American Craft Council Calendar [By State]. . . . . Center for New England Culture - [University of New Hampshire] . . . . . Creative Ground - (New England Foundation for the Arts - Spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states)


Featured:

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Program - [Weir Farm National Historic Site] . . . . . "In June of 1882, painter Julian Alden Weir boarded a train from New York for his farm among the hills of Branchville, Connecticut. Once here, Weir and his family transformed their summer retreat into a creative refuge for friends and fellow artists. After Weir, artists Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews lived and worked here, continuing the legacy of artistic expression that still inspires today . . . . The Artist-in-Residence program at Weir Farm National Historic Site selects artists to spend one month living and working at the park."

The Connecticut Art Trail - Fairfield County, Greater New Haven, Litchfield Hills, Mystic Country, River Valley - "The Connecticut Art Trail, formerly known as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, expanded its membership beyond American Impressionism and accepted five distinguished Connecticut museums as new members" - The Bruce Museum, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Yale University Art Gallery, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Slater Memorial Museum, William Benton Museum, Hill-Stead Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum . . . . . . . . . . Art collections, Scenic painting sites, Special Exhibitions, Education

Silvermine Arts Center - "Founded in 1922 as the Silvermine Guild of Artists, the artists formally incorporated in 1924, and established the Silvermine School of Art. Luminaries such as Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jacques Lipchitz exhibited here. Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey taught dance in our school. The New York Philharmonic performed on our grounds . . . . Located in the historic Silvermine area of New Canaan, Connecticut near the border of Wilton and Norwalk, the Silvermine Arts Center represents many things to many people . . . . five galleries present contemporary exhibitions and sponsor prestigious regional and national competitions."

Connecticut Cultural Sites - "From Greenwich to Groton and Litchfield to Lebanon, Connecticut's cultural organizations offer hundreds of exhibits, performances, educational programs and services that help you enjoy our state's incredibly diverse cultural life. Search by region, keyword or venue to find offerings and visit information for cultural treasures throughout the state."

Connecticut's Heritage Gateway - CT Heritage, On-line Exhibitions, News, History Resources, Activities Calendar, Directory of Museums, Resources for Teachers, Travel & Tourism, Books & Videos - All this keeps you up to date on cultural happenings throughout the state."

Yale University School of Art - (New Haven, CT) - "The study of the visual arts at Yale had its beginning with the opening, in 1832, of the Trumbull Gallery, one of the earliest art museums in the Anglo-Saxon world and the first (and long the only one) connected with a college in this country. It was founded by patriot-artist Colonel John Trumbull, one-time aide-de-camp to General Washington, with the help of Professor Benjamin Silliman, the celebrated scientist. A singularly successful art exhibition held in 1858 under the direction of the College Librarian, Daniel Coit Gilman, led to the establishment of an art school in 1864, through the generosity of Augustus Russell Street. This new educational program was placed in the hands of an art council, one of whose members was the painter-inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, a graduate of Yale College. When the School opened in 1869, it was the first connected with an institution of higher learning in the country, and classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history were inaugurated. The art collections in the old Trumbull Gallery were moved into a building endowed by Augustus Street and so named Street Hall, and were greatly augmented by the acquisition of the Jarves Collection of early Italian paintings in 1871"

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore - "From 1890 until about 1920, the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, Connecticut, was the site of a lively art colony. There, John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson, Childe Hassam, and J. Alden Weir participated in shaping American Impressionism" . . . . .



Museums

Directory of Museums . . . . . The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - [Ridgefield] . . . . . Art Trail Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail - Art collections, Scenic painting sites, Special Exhibitions, Education . . . . . The Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry - [Univ. of CT, Storrs] . . . . . Bruce Museum - [Greenwich] . . . . . Connecticut Valley Historical Museum - [Springfield] . . . . . . . . . . Davison Art Center - [Wesleyan University, Middletown] . . . . . Florence Griswold Museum - [Old Lyme] . . . . . Hill-Stead Museum - [Farmington] . . . . . Historic House Museums in Connecticut . . . . . Lyman Allyn Art Museum - [New London] . . . . . Mattatuck Museum - [Waterbury] . . . . . New Britain Museum of American Art - [New Britain] . . . . . Slater Memorial Museum - [Norwich] . . . . . Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - [Hartford] . . . . . - [Wilton] . . . . . William Benton Museum of Art - [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs] . . . . . Windham Textile & History Museum . . . . . Yale Center for British Art - [New Haven] . . . . . Yale University Art Gallery - [New Haven] . . . . .



Professional Art Schools and Departments

Central Connecticut State University Department of Art - [town] . . . . . Connecticut College Art Dept - [New London] . . . . . Fairfield University Arts and Enrichment and Department of Visual and Performing Arts - [Fairfield] . . . . . Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford - [Hartford] . . . . . Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts - [Old Lyme] . . . . . Sacred Heart University Arts - [Fairfield] . . . . . Shintaro Akatsu School of Design - University of Bridgeport - [Bridgeport] . . . . . Trinity College Studio Arts - [Hartford] . . . . . University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts - [Storrs] . . . . . University of New Haven Visual and Performing Arts - [West Haven] . . . . . Wesleyan University Art & Art History - [Middletown] . . . . . Yale University School of Art - [New Haven] . . . . .




Art Organizations

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism - [Hartford] . . . . . "The Arts Division develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through its grant programs, the division invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public's participation as creators, learners, supporters and audience members. Through its programs and services, the division connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state." - Resource Directory, Public Programs, Grants, Fellowships.

University of Connecticut Art & Design Library / Connecticut Artists Project - "The Connecticut Artists database aims to provide information about the visual artists who have lived or worked in Connecticut from early times to the present. Such a project will always be a work in progress . . . . "

Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program - [Hartford] . . . . . "Ethnic, immigrant, and occupational communities in Connecticut have an extraordinary commitment to maintaining their cultural heritage and identity while experiencing and adapting to new social and cultural environments. The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP) works with these communities to explore their social, economic and political realities through traditional cultural and artistic expression. Serving as the state-wide folk and traditional arts program, CHAP conducts fieldwork research in partnership with artists and other community members, and transforms research results into activities of interest to a broad audience. CHAP documents the state's diverse ethnic and occupational artistic traditions, and supports artists and their communities through educational and public programs that communicate these traditions to Connecticut citizens. CHAP collaborates with a regional network of artists, community scholars, advisors, agencies and organizations on projects such as documentation of community traditions, production of performances and exhibits, radio broadcasts, curriculum development, promotion and marketing of traditional artists, and education services."

State of Connecticut: National Register of Historic Places - Select a County: Fairfield . . . . Hartford . . . . Litchfield . . . . Middlesex . . . . New Haven . . . . New London . . . . Tolland . . . . Windham

Connecticut League of History Organizations - [Hamden] . . . . . "Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1950, the Connecticut League of History Organizations encourages and supports the activities of state historical organizations, enhances knowledge of state history, promotes professional standards, serves as a network for the exchange of information, and advances historical interests at the state level."

Artists' Enclave at I-Park - [East Haddam] . . . . . "Welcome to I-Park [formerly EightMile Gardens], a New American garden park taking form in rural East Haddam, Connecticut. I-Park was conceived as a place of civerant beauty - conducive to creative thought and designed to inspire purposeful artistic and intellectual endeavors. Here, guests will find wild and improbable gardens, a memorial park, unusual performing arts facilities and, for visiting artists, on-site residence and studio facilities. Sited within a 450-acre lichen-encrusted New England forest - among fields, bold outcroppings, meandering streams, ponds and rustic stone walls - I-Park's environmentally sensitive design will constitute a unique integration of art and architecture with a precious natural landscape. I-Park intends nothing less than the achievement of a radical reinvention of the garden - challenging its purpose and look and feel - while re-asserting man's rightful place within it. Here, through curiosity, intellect and creativity, man can reclaim that surreal realm from which he was banished and carefully script and sculpt it to his inspired vision. Rich in sensory surprises, I-Park will both sharpen and blur our perception of wildness and refinement, dissonance and melody, the understated and the noble. The end result will be painstakingly, unapologetically deliberate. Yet it will be comfortable and free - coaxed and coddled to an intimate human scale. I-Park - a living work of art in its own right and of its own scale - is intended to arouse the spirit and sharpen the intellect. Its moods and faces will change regularly over time. Visitors will want to linger - and to return often. I-Park will be a refuge from the cacophony of modern life, a quiet place. Its amenities will be supportive of solitary, serious individuals doing important work on long-term projects. But it will also, outside the protected zones, evolve into a lively gathering place - for collaboration, entertainment, celebration. I-Park is presented by Radek Associates, which is committed to establishing an important new sense of place in the world of contemporary culture - while promoting excellence in creative expression." - Other Programs in development: Improbable Gardens, Neo-Necropolis, Contemporary Composer's Institute, Culture Bank.

Art & Ideas - New Haven . . . . . "For the 9th International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, June 11 - 26, we look to the future with an expanded roster of events that celebrates the dynamism of our magnificent world: a world of endless creative possibilities-a world for sharing and laughter."

Arts Council of Greater New Haven . . . . . "The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is a metropolitan art service organization that promotes, coordinates and advocates for all the arts in the region. It is a membership organization of artists, patrons, arts organizations and corporations. The Council publishes the area's only monthly arts news and events magazine ARTS! In a region recognized for its diverse and abundant quality arts and cultural resources, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven leads in the strategic planning and coordination of cultural and artistic development vital to the quality of life and the economic and social health of the region. The Arts Council shall enhance Greater New Haven as the creative capital of Connecticut by providing needed services in support of artistic and cultural development to its members and to the community; communicating opportunities to create and experience various art forms; advocating in support of the arts community and arts education; and facilitating and coordinating arts and cultural activities throughout the region."

Artspace / City Wide Open Studios / Untitled Space - [New Haven] . . . . . "Artwork and information about 350 participating artists.

Austin Arts Center / Trinity College - [Hartford] . . . . . Theater, Dance and Fine Arts

Avon Arts Association, Inc. - [Avon] . . . . .

Brookfield Craft Center - [Brookfield] . . . . . "Brookfield Craft Center is located in Brookfield, Connecticut, ten miles north of Danbury on the banks of the Still River. It contains four colonial vintage buildings on two and a half acres. In addition to administrative offices the campus contains five teaching studios, an exhibition gallery, a retail sales shop, housing for visiting faculty, and picnic areas. Besides such traditional subjects as ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, woodworking and stained glass, the Center offers many unique topics including boat building, business skills, home restoration, photography, design theory, and decorative arts techniques. Our workshops are taught by nationally acclaimed visiting artists & craftsmen who come to the Center from across the nation."

Center for Contemporary Printmaking - [Norwalk] . . . . . "The non-profit Center for Contemporary Printmaking was founded in 1995 to promote the art of printmaking, to support and encourage serious emerging and professional artists in the creation of original print art, and to educate the community and general public to an increased understanding and appreciation of prints and the process of printmaking. It is a unique combination of multi-media studios, a gallery and a resource center dedicated exclusively to exhibiting, creating and preserving original prints, works on paper, papermaking, photography and artists books. The Center is located in an historic landmark 19th Century stone carriage house, an architectural gem transformed into an important art resource and is the only Center of its kind between New York and Boston." - Workshops. Exhibitions. Artist-In Rresidence Program. Outreach.

Connecticut Guild of Craftsmen - "The Connecticut Guild of Craftsmen, a state-wide, non-profit organization, has been serving area artisans since 1971. In recent years, the Guild has grown in size and is now considered the largest organization of its kind on the East Coast. Run completely by volunteers, the Guild offers services to all level of craft artisans, including the publication of The Craft Digest. The Digest offers a complete listing of upcoming arts and craft events for Connecticut and the surrounding states."

Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail - [Museums & View Points] . . . . .

Connecticut Pastel Society . . . . . "First established over 16 years ago by a group of pastel artists headed by Roy Schmid. They drew up a charter of their aims which include: 1. Function as a statewide organization which promotes and coordinates matters relating to the art of pastel painting and those artists practicing this medium; 2. To promote within the public domain an interest in pastel art through sponsorship of exhibits and activities concerned with pastel art; 3. To publish and otherwise disseminate information on pastel art through news media, brochures, monographs or other innovative means; 4. To become a repository of information concerned with historical and current data relating to the art of pastel painting, techniques and materials; 5. To encourage the expanded use of the pastel art form and techniques, a- by working a dialogue with art museums, organizations, societies, schools and colleges having an art interest or an art curriculum b- by promoting pastel art where this medium has not yet won proper recognition; 6. To expand artist participation in local, regional and national art exhibits oriented towards pastel art; 7. To promote the exhibit category of pastel art in all professional exhibits displaying mixed-media art works; 8. To promote all pertinent activities which are either directly or peripherally connected with all of the foregoing, but not for monetary profit or financial gain of individual members, directors or officers except as permitted under the law and as related to sound budgetary needs consistent with the operation of a well-run organization."

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists - [Stamford] . . . . . "Nonprofit Affiliate Chapter of the American Society of Portrait Artists."

Connecticut Watercolor Society - [Farmington] - "The Connecticut Watercolor Society was founded in 1938. The society holds two annual juried exhibitions to which all resident Connecticut artists may submit."

Creative Arts Workshop - [New Haven] . . . . . "Creative Arts Workshop is a nonprofit regional center for education in the visual arts that has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961."

Farmington Valley Arts Center - [Avon] . . . . . "The Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC) in Avon, Connecticut has the arts spectrum covered. Whether you want to discover and nurture your own creativity and artistic abilities, visit with one or more of the 20 resident studio artists who create and sell their works on site or browse and shop in the Arts Center's two galleries, you're invited to connect to this creative community that has evolved into one of the region's most innovative and comprehensive centers for artistic exploration. In recent years, the FVAC has undergone an unprecedented period of transformation and growth. Today, it is one of a select few regional and national arts organizations that offers a comprehensive spectrum of educational programming."

Greater Hartford Arts Council . . . . . Directories, Calendar, Grants, Education .

Art Society of Old Greenwich - "With a membership of over 400 painters, sculptors and photographers, the Art Society of Old Greenwich is the largest in Connecticut. It was founded in 1927 by Robert Wesley Amick, a noted Old Greenwich painter who specialized in Western landscapes. From the beginning the ASOG's purpose is to facilitate the circumstances where professional and amateur artists equal opportunity to show their work under the same roof. That objective of the Art Society remains to this day."

The Greenwich Ceramics Study Circle - "A membership organization which offers lectures, workshops and research groups to promote the understanding and appreciation of antique pottery and porcelain."

The Guilford Art Center - [Guilford] . . . . . "In a change designed to more accurately represent the full scope of the Center's activities, the Guilford Handcraft Center has changed its name to the Guilford Art Center. Our new web site will be available soon to give you a more complete picture of the Center with its year-round program of classes and workshops, shop of contemporary crafts, gallery, and special events. In the meantime, please browse through this temporary site and explore the many opportunities we offer."

Historic House Museums in Connecticut - "We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Connecticut current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Connecticut that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it."

Historic New England . . . . . "The oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country (Formerly known as SPNEA, The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) . . . . A museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and an appreciation for its preservation . . . . Founded in 1910 to protect New England's cultural and architectural heritage, SPNEA is an internationally known museum and national leader in preservation, research, and innovative programming. SPNEA is headquartered in Boston, with museums located throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island."

I-Park Foundation, Inc - [East Haddam] . . . . . "I-Park is both an open air and a closed studio laboratory for individual creative pursuits in the fields of music composition/sound art, the visual arts, architecture, moving image, creative writing and landscape/garden/ecological design. It also initiates and sponsors specially-themed inter-disciplinary and collaborative projects for the purpose of moving these ideas out of the laboratory and bringing them to life in the field. I-Park supports these investigations through its international artists-in-residence program, the aesthetic engagement of its natural and built environments and with on-site exhibitions, performances and collegial exchanges."

Mansfield Freeman Center - [Middletown] . . . . . "The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (FEAS) is the home of Wesleyan University's East Asian Studies major. It offers a variety of special programs and resources focusing on East Asia. Although these programs are offered primarily as a service to students and other members of the immediate Wesleyan community, the FEAS's doors are in fact open to all members of the wider Middletown community. The FEAS's more publicly-oriented programs--including the colloquium series and art exhibitions--attract visitors from all over the state, as does the FEAS's Japanese-style garden, Shoyoan Teien. The FEAS also runs a unique outreach program, which enables students from local schools to learn about East Asian culture through hands-on activity workshops, exploring such subjects as music, writing, and calligraphy, food and cooking, martial arts, and the Japanese tea ceremony." - Collection, Exhibitions and Events.

Media Arts Center - [Orange] . . . . . Computer Graphics and Animation, Scanning, CD/DVD Video Burning, Web Page Design, Video Editing Facilities, Rentals, Tips and Tricks - A variety of media-related courses offered in concentrated form and at convenient times. Private training available on request. . . . . "Whether it's taping a presentation, producing a 15 minute video about your organization, or a multi-camera location shoot, our staff can handle all aspects of your production, including development, script, pre-production, location shooting, post-production, music, animation, titles, and duplication."

Mystic Art Center - [Mystic] . . . . . "The mission of the MYSTIC ART ASSOCIATION is to foster the creation, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions and education programs designed to facilitate these objectives. Central to the interests of the Association are the operation and maintenance of galleries and studios serving as a center for cultural activities in the greater Mystic area. Here the exhibition and sale of works of art and broad based education programs will support the mission. The Association will maintain an art museum and expand a Permanent Collection of art reflective of the importance and purpose of the Mystic Art Association. Through dedication to excellence and high standards, the Association strives to promote the importance of the arts in the enrichment and quality of community life."

Creative Ground - New England Cultural Database - (New England Foundation for the Arts)"The New England Cultural Database (NECD) is an online data warehouse containing financial, demographic, geographic, and other related information about businesses, cultural organizations and individual artists in New England. It provides a searchable, comprehensive tool to the New England state arts agencies, members of the cultural community, industry groups, researchers, and the general public. Building on NEFA's previous work in Cultural Mapping, all information in the database is geographically coded to allow searches by location and support a variety of analyses based on geographic area. The NECD currently houses over 18,000 records. Unfolding in stages throughout 2004 - 2006, the NECD will eventually represent all of New England's creative economy, by expanding to hold a comprehensive set of records that includes for-profit creative industry businesses, nonprofit cultural organizations, and individual artists. A system of tiered admittance will provide varying levels of access to the information contained in the database.

New England Foundation for the Arts - [Summer St, Boston] . . . . . "We creatively support the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, make vital connections between artists and audiences, and build the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region's creative sector. . . . " Fund for the Arts: Growing Fence is one featured Public Art Project. "In the 1960's, local gardeners --primarily of Chinese descent --cultivated over an acre of abandoned land in Boston's South End neighborhood. Today, in over 100 plots, a diverse cross section of Boston's population grows food and flowers there. The growing Fence celebrates the history and evolution of this land, and the vibrant cultural diversity of its caretakers . . . . The Growing Fence will interact with the public on multiple levels. Imagery and text will be visible to a passing car, bicyclist, or pedestrian. On a smaller and more detailed scale, narratives and artwork will tell the garden's story through written history, ethnic recipes collected by gardeners, and paintings and drawings. . . . The Fence is a 740 ft. modular trellis that integrates creative contributions collected from gardeners and neighbors and features seasonal plantings, storage space, and greenhouses. Its design beautifies and protects the garden while sharing its culture and history on transparent art panels. The panels also create a sound pollution barrier . . . "

Open Studios - Artists in Real Time - [Greater Hartford] - The Colt Building on Huyshope Ave, Peabody Studios on Barker St, Aid to Artisans, Arbor Streett, Artists Collective, Intertwine, Pump House Gallery at Bushnell Park, Kempczynski Studio on Washington St, Artspace Hartford on Asylum Ave, etc.] . . . . . "Artists in Real Time is a Greater Hartford Area non-profit group of artists and community members devoted to the promotion and integration of art and art events in everyone's everyday lives. Traditionally organized and promoted by a commitee of participation artists, the Open Studio Weekend events have grown over the past 14 years from small happenings to major events which draw thousands to the city to view and purchase original works by some of the finest artistic talent in the Northeast. In 2003, participating artist decided to formalize the organization of their grassroots volunteer group by electing a representative Board of Directors, and working to meet the requirments to qualify for not-for-profit organizatin status. The name selected is Artists in Real Time."

Greater New Britain Arts Alliance - [New Britain] . . . . . "The purpose of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance is to promote the creative, performing and visual arts,to provide a unified voice for the arts organizations, to serve as a catalyst for arts-related collaborations, to nurture individual creative abilities, and to advocate the arts as vital to the economic health and quality of life in the region."

New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs . . . . . "The Office of Cultural Affairs promotes the City through major public events and arts programming including musical concerts, children's events, arts advocacy and coordination with the arts organizations on community programming."

Northeast Bastket Makers - "Northeast Basketmakers Guild was founded in 1985 by a group of five Connecticut basketmakers. Since then, the organization has grown to include hundreds of artists. Members are predominantly from the northeastern United States, but now include artists from around the world.The mission of Northeast Basketmakers Guild is to further the art of basketry by nurturing the development of new basketmakers, while celebrating and supporting accomplished basketmakers. Workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, basket sales, member conferences, scholarships, fundraisers, open weave events and the publication of a newsletter are included in the activities of the Guild throughout the year."

Paul Mellon Arts Center - Choate Rosemary Hall - [Wallingford] . . . . . "The Paul Mellon Arts Center, designed by I.M.Pei and located on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, offers student productions and a Guest Artists Series. In addition to an 850-seat theater, there is an experimental theater, recital hall, music practice rooms, art studios, and an art gallery for exhibiting artists."

Projects for a new Millennium - [Stony Creek] . . . . . "Projects for a New Millennium was established in 1993 by Joy Wulke, environmental artist, as a non-profit corporation to create collaborative events that foster the fusing of art and science as a means of discovery and appreciation of the natural world. Projects for a New Millennium and its collaborators continue to aspire to extend presentations and educational programming illustrating a useful and wondrous philosophy of life, a world view that celebrates our differences while recognizing the importance of our timeless common goals of peace and freedom in an environmentally sound world."

Real Art Ways - [Hartford] . . . . . "A Center for Contemporary Culture - FamFest, Cinema, Real Gallery, Real Stage, Creative Events, Public Art Projects, Design Competition, Digital Skills.

Shoreline Arts Alliance - [Guilford] . . . . . "The Shoreline Arts Alliance's mission is to stimulate and promote artistic activity of the highest caliber in the region, and to educate, enrich, and encourage the next generation of artists, performers and patrons - The Alliance organizes and sponsors exhibitions, concerts, dance programs, workshops and student scholarships in the area from East Haven to Old Lyme and north to Durham, Killingworth, Essex, Chester and Haddam. More than fifty established arts organizations are Affiliate members of the Alliance, benefiting from networking and support services that are offered to them."

Silvermine Guild Arts Center - [New Canaan] . . . . . "In the early 1900's a colony of artists settled in the Silvermine area, lured by the picturesque countryside. The artists gathered around noted sculptor Solon Borglum, whose barn was the meeting place where these artists, the so-called "Knockers Club" came to socialize, exchange ideas and critique each others' work. Eventually, the group outgrew the barn and purchased a larger one, on the present site of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. The Guild of Artists was formally incorporated in 1922. . . . . For 82 years, the Silvermine Guild Arts Center has been a gathering place,a place where artists and art lovers come to appreciate, enjoy and learn about the arts. Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jacques Lipchitz exhibited here. Merce Cunningham taught dance in our school. The New York Philharmonic performed on our grounds . . . . Based upon the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the Silvermine mission is to cultivate, promote and encourage the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community." - Annual 'Art of the Northeast'

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities - "The oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country . . . . A museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and an appreciation for its preservation . . . . Founded in 1910 to protect New England's cultural and architectural heritage, SPNEA is an internationally known museum and national leader in preservation, research, and innovative programming. SPNEA is headquartered in Boston, with museums located throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island." - Changing to: Historic New England

Trumbull Arts Commission - [Trumbull] . . . . . "The Trumbull Arts Commission was established to develop cultural offerings within the community. The Commission actively supports all of the arts: visual fine arts, literary arts, performing arts (music, drama), and fine crafts."

Urban Artists Initiative - [Bridgeport] . . . . . "Launched in 1992 in Bridgeport, CT, the Urban Artists Initiative is designed to provide emerging artists and arts organizations with the support, skills and networks necessary to support their work and enhance the cultural vitality of the communities in which they reside. Since its inception, the program has expanded from two to ten cities across the state: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Bristol, New Britain, Norwalk, Stamford, New London and Norwich. In each site, six community-based organizations and 15 individual artists are selected from a pool of applicants who reside in the city and surrounding towns. The program operates for three years in each site, providing participants with training, grants, mentors, technical assistance, and staff support aimed at developing local arts leadership. Additionally, the program places strong emphasis on networking participants with other artists and arts organizations within their communities and across sites through meetings, conferences and other activities. Participating artists represent the wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds of Connecticut's cities, including participants from Haitian, Tibetan, Greek, Indian, African-American, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Portugese, Polish, Russian, Ecuadorian, Brazilian, Cambodian, Colombian and other ethnic communities."

Valley Arts Council - [Shelton] . . . . . "Promoting the arts in Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Oxford, Beacon Falls and Naugatuck. . . . The Valley Arts Council was founded on the belief that while the arts are by no means new to the Valley, we seemed to be lacking a binding thread to bring that art to the forefront of life here. The Valley has been rich in culture and creativity for well over a century and the arts can, and do, take place in many diverse contexts within our community. We have among us a grouping of artists and performers of local, national and worldwide acclaim, but these artists have a limited viable local means by which to display their work. Also, there are many talented younger artists who need the opportunity to learn and grow to a greater extent than currently exists on a local basis. One of our primary goals is to add venues and to increase the opportunity for performance and exhibition within the Valley. By doing so, we will be creating a network of artists and patrons of the arts. That network will be our strength. Art can transform a community. If well managed and developed, art can breathe life into old buildings and tired main streets while adding new vitality to business prospects. The arts can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life and the effect of that impact soon becomes apparent in places in which we live, work, and play. Art can help a community to be perceived in a way that makes people want to live in that community. Art can define a community; either in its presence, or by its absence."

Washington Art Association - [Washington Depot] . . . . . "The Washington Art Association, a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers, was established in 1952 by a group of local artists seeking ways to better connect with fellow artists in the community. Their goals were to promote an understanding and appreciation of art and to encourage and facilitate the study and practice of the arts. Today, the Washington Art Association, which over the years has earned a reputation as an important participant in the Litchfield County art scene, continues to hold those original goals as its standard.The high caliber of exhibitions for which the Washington Art Association is known was established early on, with celebrated artists such as Alexander Calder, Andre Masson and Yves Tanguy participating in early shows. Since then, more than 450 exhibitions have been on view showcasing the art of both aspiring and established artists from all over the country. The exhibits attract over 10,000 visitors a year. In addition to its exhibitions, WAA offers studio classes, special events including the annual Clothesline Sale and Christmas Sale, and the Upstairs Gallery Shop."

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Program - [Weir Farm National Historic Site] . . . . . "In June of 1882, painter Julian Alden Weir boarded a train from New York for his farm among the hills of Branchville, Connecticut. Once here, Weir and his family transformed their summer retreat into a creative refuge for friends and fellow artists. After Weir, artists Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews lived and worked here, continuing the legacy of artistic expression that still inspires today . . . . The Artist-in-Residence program at Weir Farm National Historic Site selects artists to spend one month living and working at the park."

Wesleyan Potters - [Middletown] . . . . . "Wesleyan Potters is a non-profit cooperative guild, located in Middletown, Connecticut, was founded in 1948 to promote the learning and development of skills in crafts. Classes are held year-round with lectures, exhibits, demonstrations and films scheduled as special events with visiting craftspeople conducting workshops and artists' critiques. Qualified instructors give classes in our well-equipped studios, for adults as well as children." - Gallery Shop, Classes, Workshops, Events, Annual Skow and Sale.

Westport Arts Center - [Westport] . . . . . "The Westport Arts Center is a performing and visual arts organization dedicated to providing meaningful arts experiences for area residents of all ages." - Visual Arts Exhibitions, Theater, Children and Adult Education, Special Events.

Wilton Arts Council - [Wilton] . . . . . "The Wilton Arts Council is comprised of people who appreciate and enjoy the visual, literary and performing arts. Some members are artists, all share the common goal of insuring the arts will be a stimulating and enjoyable experience. Activities and events will be planned to appeal to people of all ages and diverse interests. The council is town-chartered, tax exempt, non-profit and all the workers are volunteers, involved solely for the satisfaction they derive."

Yale University Digital Media Center for the Arts - [DMCA at Yale in New Haven] . . . . . "The Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale is a multimedia facility created to establish connections between traditional art and the computer age . . . . We host a rich variety of lectures, events, classes and workshops (see Calendar). For students, faculty, and staff of Yale's several Arts Departments and Institutions, the facility maintains powerful Macintosh and NT computing clusters as well as video and sound production studios, digital printing labs, and equipment loans " - Facilities, Events, Projects.

Yale University Press - Art - [New Haven] . . . . . "As one of the leading publishers of art and architecture books in the world, Yale University Press has much to offer the general reader, scholar, collector, and student. Our publishing program includes beautiful exhibition catalogues issuing from the world's finest museums, important and diverse monographs, critical anthologies, catalogues raisonné, and much more. We publish a wide variety of critically acclaimed books on American, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin American, Northern European, British, Near and Middle Eastern, and Asian art and architecture. In addition, you will also find a broad and innovative list in graphic design, fashion and costume history, and photography. We are the exclusive publishers for some of the most important museums in the world - "Explore the hundreds of book that we offer in all categories." - Online Catalogues and Email Notification [sign up].





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