From Mayor Finch:
Mayor Bill Finch today announced that Bridgeport was one of seven cities chosen by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Office of the Arts (COA), as a recipient of the City Canvases Initiative grant. Bridgeport joins Hartford, New Britain, New London, Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury in the $1 million initiative to enhance public spaces through art. The grant will be used to execute a public art installation in a highly visible location within the community during the summer of 2012.
“I am thrilled that Bridgeport has been chosen as one of seven cities across the state to receive this prestigious grant award. Bridgeport has a thriving arts community, which has played a significant role in the revitalization of our downtown, and the entire City,” said Mayor Finch. “We are looking forward to collaborating with our artists to showcase their talents and create public art installations that will have a major impact on the landscape of Downtown Bridgeport.”
City Canvases is a one-time, $1 million initiative aimed at enhancing public spaces through the commissioning of large-scale works of public art and to connect urban regions of Connecticut with a statewide placemaking initiative. The purpose is to dramatically demonstrate the impact that art can have in building vibrant communities, and to create momentum for the larger shift in strategic focus in State arts funding.
The City of Bridgeport and its partners—the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County—were awarded $158,000 to create a three-month projection mapping film series and related downtown installation art enhancement projects.
For more information on the City Canvases initiative, please visit www.cultureandtourism.org.