The City of Danbury, Connecticut welcomes you to experience our culture and Art. Take a look around and feel free to stop by any time.
We are pleased to announce that the Weekly calendar is now available from Amazon's Alexa family of products. All you have to do is ask Alexa "What's the News in Danbury" and she will read the current calendar. Enable and configure your Flash Briefing today.
Oral History Project
The Danbury Library is looking for Danbury residents to participate in their Oral History Project. The project will capture stories and experiences of Danbury residents including their history in the city, their love for Danbury, and the memories they've had with their friends and family growing up in Danbury.
If you are interested in participating schedule an appointment to record your story.
Danbury Music Centre
Charles Ives Concert Series: American Violin Sonatas
March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Featuring violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Conor Hanick
Acclaimed violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Conor Hanick make their Ives Series debuts presenting an evening of sonatas and other works for violin and piano written by American composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Ives’s 4th violin sonata, widely regarded as one of the greatest American violin sonatas begins the program followed by works by Aaron Copland, the series artistic director, Paul Frucht, and selections by Florence Price, who was the first female African American symphonic composers.
Read more about Rachel and Conor here.
Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre
$20 tickets general admission online and at the door
$10 for students with ID online and at the door
Danbury Concert Chorus: Passover, Passion and Pascha-Music of Faith
April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
The Danbury Music Centre presents the Danbury Concert Chorus in concert
Passover, Passion and Pascha – Music of Faith
The chorus will be be singing selections from a number of larger works: Israel in Egypt by G.F. Handel, Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach, Stabat Mater by G.B. Pergolesi and Five Mystical Songs by R. Vaughan Williams.
They will also be singing some well-known compositions by: M. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, W. Billings, and G. Martin; and some less-known compositions by Makarov, and by J. Thoms.
Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.
Danbury Community Orchestra Spring Concert
May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
The Palace Danbury
165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810
The Palace Danbury
SAVE THE DATE
Connecticut Arts Day & Connecticut Arts Hero Awards
CONNECTICUT ARTS HERO AWARDS
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6 pm @ Infinity Music Hall, Hartford CT
Join the Connecticut Office of the Arts in honoring Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in, for, or through the arts during the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. This year's Arts Heroes will be honored in a special evening event on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. This will precede and set the stage for Connecticut Arts Day on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
Do you know a special someone - a HERO - who you would like to nominate? Learn more about the Arts Hero Awards and how to nominate your HERO below!
CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY
Thursday, May 2, 2019 in New Haven CT
Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state. The day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and the presentation of Connecticut Office of the Arts' Lifetime Achievement Award! The theme of Connecticut Arts Day 2019 is RELEVANCE!
RELEVANCE is a key concept in COA's R.E.A.D.I. (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion) strategic direction and practice. COA defines Relevance as: Meaningful or purposeful connection to one’s aspirations, interests, or experiences in relation to current society or culture. COA staff is committed to a culture that supports curiosity, action and awareness in, about, and through the arts.
CONNECTICUT CELEBRATES ARTS HEROES
We are delighted to invite you to nominate a Connecticut Arts Hero!
The Connecticut Office of the Arts introduced Arts Hero Awards to honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in the arts, for the arts, or through the arts in Connecticut. The Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts - some publicly and some behind the scenes.
If you know a special someone who is an ARTS HERO, we hope you will take a moment to nominate them for a 2019 Arts Hero Award! The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Concert Association Series
Virtuoso performances, in a pitch-perfect setting. Hear top international musicians in an accessible, state-of-the-art venue, at truly affordable prices: season subscriptions are $65. Admission is free for students 18 and under.
The series pick up again in the Spring.
All performances take place on Sunday afternoons at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, located in the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus in Danbury, CT.
Sponsored, in part, by the Danbury Cultural Commission.
Connecticut Office of the Arts
Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship
Now Accepting Applications!
The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship provides funding to arts administrators to pursue professional development activities that will advance their careers in arts administration. Arts administration is the field that concerns the business operations of an arts organization, including but not limited to staff management, public relations/marketing, budget management, fund-raising, program development and evaluation and board relations.
To be eligible, an individual must:
be a Connecticut resident;
be employed at a Connecticut non-profit arts organization; and
have a minimum of two (2) years and no more than ten (10) years of experience in the arts field.
Fellowships are non-matching awards of $2,500. There is no predetermined number of Fellowships to be awarded. The Connecticut Office of the Arts determines the number of Fellowships awarded.
May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
Funds may be used towards costs directly related to professional development activities that take place within the funding period, including but not limited to:
Tuition or registration fees for workshops, conferences, and trainings;
Fees to work directly with a consultant or career coach; and
Travel and hotel costs associated with attending a workshop, conference or training.
Funding to offset applicant’s regular salary or wages;
Funding to offset general operating costs of the applicant’s affiliated arts organization;
Costs incurred outside the funding period.
HOW TO APPLY:
Prepare a Word document and include the following information:
Applicant Information: Include full name, title, affiliated arts organization and contact information.
Activity Description: Provide a brief description of each professional development activity you wish to undertake. If requesting multiple activities, please list in priority order. Description should include specific information on service provider, date, location, and cost for each activity. (75-word maximum for each activity)
Proposed Impact: Describe how each activity will help you advance your career as an arts administrator. (200-word maximum)
Required Attachments: Applicant’s resume and one (1) letter of recommendation from applicant’s affiliated arts organization.
Send email with attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The subject of the email should read 2019 MAHAFFEY FELLOWSHIP: Your Name. You will receive a confirmation email.
Applications are due March 29, 2019 by 5:30 pm.
Contact Rhonda F. Olisky via email at email@example.com
About the Fellowship
The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship is named in honor of Elizabeth L. Mahaffey, a former staff member who was an extraordinary mentor to young professionals pursuing a career in arts administration. The Fellowship was established upon her retirement after more than 20 years of dedicated service at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
“OUTSIDE THE BOX”
In Fall of 2017, Mayor Boughton asked local artists and graphic designers to submit draft proposals for consideration in the City’s Traffic Box Art Program. A selection committee chose 7 artists for our first round of 9 traffic boxes. Art was prepped by Merritt Big Color and placed on vinyl wrapping for our traffic boxes.
“Downtown Danbury represents the vibrancy of our city and our community. By partnering with our local residents for this project, we attempt to capture that vibrancy in a new, unique, and artistic way,” said Mayor Boughton. “Our call to artists brought in folks of all ages who live in and around Danbury, to team up with the City and bring this special public art project to life in downtown. We hope you will take a walk through our city center and enjoy these art pieces.”