City Lights in the Community

City Lights Gallery is a non-profit organization that offers a common ground for students, youth, arts enthusiasts, artists, patrons, visitors, business people and residents to experience art, meet and exchange ideas.

 

Horseshoe Projects:

Horseshoe Quilt

Horseshoe Quilt

Stenciling horseshoe crabs

Stenciling horseshoe crabs

Roosevelt School students observe Maritime Aquarium staff tag crabs at St. Mary's by the Sea in Bridgeport, CT (June 2014)

Roosevelt School students observe Maritime Aquarium staff tag crabs at St. Mary’s by the Sea in Bridgeport, CT (June 2014)

Tagged Horseshoe crabs being placed back in water

Finding horseshoe crabs on the shore where Ash Creek and Long Island Sound meet.

horseshoe crabs set back in water.

Tagged horseshoe crabs being set back in the water.

Weaving classes, Alpha Community Services, YMCA:

Weaving Project, Alpha Community Services, YMCA

Weaving Project, Alpha Community Services, YMCA

Beardsley School students working on a group project:

Beardsley School students working on a group project

Beardsley School students working on a group project

Chess players:

Learning and playing chess

Learning and playing chess

Chess players

Chess players

 

“Van-Go” painted, with Bassick High School Students, used for Monster Truck Jam at Webster Arena:

Bassick Students painting van for use in Monster Truck Show at the Arena

Bassick Students painting van for use in Monster Truck Show at the Arena

Monster Truck Jam and Van-Go

Monster Truck Jam and Van-Go

Van-Go

Van-Go

Van Painted by Bassick Students used for Monster Truck event at the Arena

Van Painted by Bassick Students used for Monster Truck event at the Arena

 

Cars and Cannoli Halloween Candy Distribution with City Lights Board member handing out candy:

 

Candy hand outs 2013

Candy hand outs 2013

Free Classic and Custom Car Show on McLevy Green

Free Classic and Custom Car Show on McLevy Green

Summer time, August 2013, Neighborhood Studios presented Student Work for the annual Summer Show:

 

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Setting up the show

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Setting up the show

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Neighborhood Studios Show

Holiday wreath making workshop; 11/2013 at the YMCA with Alpha Community Services:

Holiday Wreaths 2013

Holiday Wreaths 2013

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Creating wreaths Alpha program with the YMCA

First Impressions with Roosevelt School:

First Impressions Art Project at Roosevelt School

First Impressions Art Project at Roosevelt School

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Visiting artist Allan Dudek works with students on FIRST IMPRESSIONS project

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS student art at Roosevelt school

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS student art at Roosevelt school

First Impressions with Suzanne Kachmar and Roosevelt Students

First Impressions with Suzanne Kachmar and Roosevelt Students

Storytelling and Writing Project with Beardsley School:

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Story telling, writing with Beardsley school students and teachers

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Book illustration with Beardsley school students and teachers

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Self Expression in Bridgeport Schools

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Book illustration with Beardsley school students and teachers

Story telling, writing with Beardsley school students and teachers

Storytelling, writing with Beardsley school students and teachers

Other School Partnerships:

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Drumming Students perform in Art Gallery classroom at Roosevelt School

Batik presentation in the Roosevelt School Art Gallery Classroom

Batik presentation in the Roosevelt School Art Gallery Classroom

African Storyteller at Roosevelt school

African Storyteller at Roosevelt school

Students Install at City Hall

Students Install at City Hall

Art Exhibits in the schools

Art Exhibits in the schools

Other Community Partnerships:

"Home Is Where the Heart Is" ALPHA Community Services Expressive Arts Program

“Home Is Where the Heart Is” ALPHA Community Services Expressive Arts Program

 

City Lights has a dedicated gallery/studio space in Bridgeport’s Roosevelt School and runs programs that bring art and creativity to area students. City Lights works closely with the Bridgeport school teachers to provide content and activities designed to promote art appreciation, transferable skills and increase vocabulary.

The presentation of an exhibit of art made with beeswax integrated art appreciation with science. City Lights invited a local beekeeper, Marina Marchese of RedBEE Honey, to the Roosevelt school art gallery space, to focus on the source of beeswax. Her discussion reinforced concepts of pollination that the students had studied and broaden their awareness of beekeeping, beeswax and honey harvesting.  Students were introduced to the oldest painting medium after cave painting called “Encaustic,” a paint made with beeswax. They rolled beeswax candles, tasted local organic honey and even tried on the beekeepers helmet.

City Lights Gallery is an active, vital part of our community, from connecting students to the world of art, to taking part in the restoration of a beloved monument in Seaside Park.

 

 

 

 

In the media:

City Lights Gallery finds meaning in service to the community

‘Artful Gifts’ gives back to the community

 

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