Featured Artist

James Garamella – January 2014 “BACC Artist of the Month”

Workshops at McLevy Hall during the Bridgeport Art Trail

“Doodling” saved James Garamella’s life.  Garamella was born with dyslexia, a neurological disorder where the brain is unable to recognize and process certain symbols.  In elementary school when he couldn’t see the letters, Garamella turned to sketching as a way to make sense of what he was learning.  These images, or doodles, acted like shorthand… Read More

Veronica Martins – “BACC Artist of the Month” December 2013

Art classes

Veronica Martins, a Brazilian artist residing in Bridgeport’s Hollow neighborhood, is perhaps best known for her graphite portrait drawings utilizing existing photographs.   Completely self-taught, Veronica has sketched everything from beloved family pooches to the late Blues crooner Amy Winehouse.  She is frequently commissioned by residents in her neighborhood to draw family portraits.   In May 2013,… Read More

Bridgeport Art Trail- “BACC Artist of the Month” November 2013

Art Trail Schedule

Get ready for Bridgeport’s 5th annual Art Trail, a City-wide open studios weekend from November 7 – 10.  Facilitated by Suzanne Kachmar of City Lights Gallery, the Art Trail is a time for the local community to “View Art, Talk Art and Buy Art.” Find an updated schedule here!  

KEYS- “BACC Artist of the Month” October 2013

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Silvan (left), students, and instructors In 2004, Rob Silvan volunteered at the Columbus Elementary School in Bridgeport, teaching the piano to four children in the quietest space he could find – the stairwell.  A decade later KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), now a federally recognized non-profit, provides music lessons to over five hundred Bridgeport… Read More

Hall Arts Academy- “BACC Artist of the Month” September 2013

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Exciting changes and new opportunities are in store for the Hall Arts Academy and area youth. Lauri MacLean, professional choreographer, master instructor, and leader in Bridgeport’s vibrant arts scene, has been named the new Artistic Director for the upcoming Fall 2013 dance, music and art program.  A recipient of a Spring 2013 Mayor’s Neighborhood Arts… Read More

Happy Summer from the BACC!

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  See you at the beach! 

Featured Event: Bridgeport Arts Fest 2013

Bridgeport Arts Fest 2013

The 2013 Bridgeport Arts Fest is the 4th annual celebration of arts, culture and entertainment in Downtown Bridgeport at Historic McLevy Green on July 13 from 10am to 6pm, followed immediately by the After-Party Concert (6-11pm).    The Arts Fest is a family- and community-friendly affair and is FREE to attend. In addition to Artists, you’ll enjoy live entertainment, activities, demonstrations and area food and drinks. + LOCAL+ORIGINAL Artists,… Read More

MIA “BACC Artist of the Month” June 2013

"The Lady of Shalott"/Self Portrait -Inspired by the poem by Tennyson

MIA was born and raised in the Beardsley Park area of Bridgeport. She likes to refer to it as: “The Charmed City!” as P.T. Barnum himself nicknamed BPT. This native artist has an unique body of work that spans decades of her life and reflect a variety of styles, themes, and mediums; which include painting,… Read More

Featured: University of Bridgeport Publicity Methods Class

University of Bridgeport

We’re very excited to feature the Publicity Methods class at the University of Bridgeport (UB). As part of this course, under the direction of Professor Susan Katz, the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council has acted as the class’s client for an intensive fieldwork component. This semester long collaboration has strengthened our relationship with UB while… Read More

Rachel Rockwell “BACC Artist of the Month” March 2013

Rachel Rockwell

The Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council is happy to honor Rachel Rockwell as our March Artist of the Month. A teacher at John Winthrop School, Rachel has partnered to develop the creative fundraiser Greetings from Black Rock on April 6th. Featuring a silent auction of original “postcard size” art, live music and refreshments, funds from… Read More

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