The Mayor’s Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant Program, funded by the City of Bridgeport Mayor’s Office and administered by the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council (BACC), celebrates Bridgeport’s dynamic artistic and cultural environment by supporting the creative pursuits of its artists and cultural institutions.
The Program enriches the quality of life in the City by funding arts and heritage projects and programs and underserved individuals and organizations. Artists, artisans, craft makers and musicians who reside or create works within the City of Bridgeport and Bridgeport organizations with an evidenced visual and/or performing arts or heritage mission and non-profit educational, faith-based or social service organizations offering arts and/or heritage programming are eligible.
The Fall 2012 awardees represent a wide array of artistic and cultural endeavors:
Project: Create a free, graphic novel to interest girls and young ladies in art and to provide a forum for issues from a feminine perspective.
Project: Paint renderings of historical and modern sites in Bridgeport–landscapes, parks, and architecture–for display at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center, Burroughs Library, Read’s Building, and City Lights.
Project: Research Bridgeporter Caleb Brewster and create an online digital exhibition of primary historical documents related to his work in the Culper Spy Ring for the founding fathers.
Project: Paint and exhibit his “Park City Visions” of Bridgeport’s historic streets and houses.
Project: Celebrate powerful women of Bridgeport–such as Julie Chu, Jin Hi Kim, and Margaret Morton–by painting their portraits for exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, Main Street, Bridgeport.
Project: Create and present her crochet projects under Cup of Crochet, at the BACC December B-Squared Artisan Bazaar in the Arcade.
Project: Create and install two murals for the “The East End: Brightening the Streetscape” project with other American Fabrics Building artists.
A fourth generation knife-maker, Bill Schrade continues his family tradition and will photograph his handmade knives for his website.
GBAPP–Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program, Veronica Swain:
Present their City Kidz Got Skills performance by youth age 18 and under at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre on November 15.
Read’s Ground Floor Gallery, Christian-Angel Liptak:
Organize the Think Green Art Expo at Read’s Ground Floor Artspace Gallery and McLevy Green Park in March and April 2013.