Community Outreach

Community Outreach

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.
VISITING THE AMISTAD:
Artists Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Asher Delerme present a workshop at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center , Students tour the Amistad atCapt’s Cove Bridgeport, CT.

Vejigante Project: See Video

 

Positive energy, cultural arts enrichment

 

Fuzz performs with Bridgeport students.

UARTS:

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:

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Sensitivity Training for teaching artists:
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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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