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.
Programs and field trips for youth combine art with an appreciation for natural science to foster good stewardship for the planet and community while nurturing lifelong learning skills.
Monthly poetry and figure drawing workshops for adults, and expressive arts workshops for adults in the gallery space and in the community.
City Lights partners with Uarts, a network of arts organizations in CT that provide accessibility to the arts.
City Lights’ Uarts programs are sponsored in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, ALPHA Community Services, partners include the CT Office on the Arts and the City of Bridgeport, CT.
Please see this short documentary about teaching artists and community service organizations offering creative programming for people with disabilities.
Some pictures from our programming in Bridgeport, CT:
Weaving classes, Alpha Community Services, YMCA:
Beardsley School students working on a group project:
“Van-Go” painted, with Bassick High School Students, used for Monster Truck Jam at Webster Arena:
Cars and Cannoli Halloween Candy Distribution with City Lights Board member handing out candy:
Summer time, August 2013, Neighborhood Studios presented Student Work for the annual Summer Show:
Holiday wreath making workshop; 11/2013 at the YMCA with Alpha Community Services:
First Impressions with Roosevelt School:
Storytelling and Writing Project with Beardsley School:
Other School Partnerships:
Other Community Partnerships:
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.
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