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* Richter Association for the Arts

Awesome Autumn

GEMINI: Hilarious. Unique. Mystifying. Richter Arts Sept. 30Stop by Richter House on Sunday afternoons this Fall Season.
All programs begin at 3 p.m.

September 30 - Gemini Magician/Comedian
October 7 - Matica Circus - (outdoors)
October 9 - Receiving for Juried Art Show.
October 13 - Opening Juried Art Show & Sale
October 14- Tony LaVorgna Quartet - Jazz
October 21 - Violinist Ye Jin Han - Classical
October 28 - Madera Winds Sextet

Parking is available at the Richter Golf lot, with handicap parking at the House.
Outdoor concerts will be postponed until next season if canceled due to inclement weather.
Sync to the Link (http://www.richterarts.org/)

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Train Weekends Oct 13 - 28It’s the Fall harvest season so what better way to celebrate and welcome in the cooler weather than with a short ride on a vintage train to the Danbury Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch. This popular annual family event will take place on three weekends, October 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28; Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Sundays from noon to 4:00 PM at the museum, with trains departing hourly beginning ½-hour after opening each day; last train at 3:30. Admission is $12.00 for ages 2 and over; children under 24 months are free.

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train through the historic railyard in a 1920's passenger coach, pulled by a vintage ALCo RS-1 diesel-electric locomotive (or other vintage locomotive, subject to availability) to the special pumpkin patch where each child ages 2-12 will receive a free pumpkin. Of course, the exhibits, artifacts, and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored over 100-year old Danbury station will be open for your education and entertainment. The kids can also enjoy the free activities such as the “coloring station,” temporary tattoos, cider & cookies, and more. There is a fully-stocked gift shop on the premises. No reservations are required; the event will be held rain or shine. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history. The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT and has many artifacts of area railroading on display, including over 70 vintage railroad cars and locomotives. For further information, visit the Web site at http://www.danburyrailwaymuseum.org, E-mail to info@danburyrail.org, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.

Prohibition Danbury

Hatters & Hooch in "Dry" Danbury

Prohibition: Hatters & Hooch in “Dry” Danbury  now through November 10.Explore this fascinating era — the intersection of temperance, prohibition, suffrage, and immigration—from a variety of angles. The SUMMER exhibit at the Danbury Museum and Historical Society is open and will continue through Saturday, November 10.

Exhibit hall/archives at 43 Main Street is open Tues thru Sat, 10 to 4.
Tours of historic buildings on Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 3. And by the way, the Museum will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday July 1-4, and will re-open with regular hours on July 5.

For the full Season lineup and more information Sync to the Link [https://danburymuseum.org/].

Manhattan Short Film Festival

You Be The Judge!

On September 28 at 8:00 P.M., Film lovers in Danbury will unite with an audience of over 100,000 film buffs, across 6 continents, when the MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL returns to The Palace Danbury.
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; it’s a celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. Nine short films selected from entries from around the globe will screen across the world for one week. Audiences vote for the one film they think is best.

This year’s finalists bring together an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas;fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 11 epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a dark comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT 2018 program.

The nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These final nine short films represent the best short from among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT in 2018, a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films.

The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary),Fauve (Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria).

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Fri. Sep. 28

8:00pm- 11:00pm Manhattan Short Film Festival You Be The Judge! - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Danbury
165 Main St, Danbury
, CT 06810, USA
Description: Film lovers in Danbury will unite with an audience of over 100,000 film buffs, across 6 continents.
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; it’s a celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites.
Sync to the Link (https://thepalacedanbury.com/)

Sun. Sep. 30

3:00pm – 4:30pm * Gemini Magician/Comedian - Richter Association for the Arts
Where: Richter Association for the Arts, 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury, CT 06811, USA
Description: This one man wonder will blow your mind. Gemini combines comedy, stage illusion, audience participation, ventriloquism, and great fun into one astonishing and hilarious show!
Parking is available at the Richter Golf lot, with handicap parking at the House. Outdoor concerts will be postponed until next season if canceled due to inclement weather.
Sync to the Link (http://www.richterarts.org/)

Sat. Oct. 6

10:00am - 4:00pm Pumpkin Festival - Danbury United Methodist Church
Where: United Methodist Church 5 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT 06811, USA
Description: The very successful 2017 festival included 15 craft vendors, 2 magic shows by the Danbury Top Hatters, baked goods, pumpkin patch, Bouncy House, kid’s games, a country store, Granny’s attic and delicious home-style food. This year we anticipate the best festival ever!

8:00pm - 10:00pm Animaniacs In Concert Starring Rob Paulsen & Randy Rogel - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Danbury 165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: Fans of the beloved Warner Bros. animated series are in for a treat as they get up close and personal with their favorite characters as songs from the pop-culture hit cartoon series are performed live on stage in the all-new Animaniacs In Concert!
Sync to the Link (https://thepalacedanbury.com/)

Sun. Oct. 7

3:00pm – 4:30pm * Matica Circus - Richter Association for the Arts
Where: Richter Association for the Arts, 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury, CT 06811, USA
Description: Matica's performance was raucous and good natured, alternately exciting their audience and calming them with music.
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  • Western CT State University received a $4,000 Regional Initiative grant program (REGI) Grant. (funding for the planning and implementation of small community art projects)
  • The Charles Ives Authority for the Performing Arts received a $5,000 Supporting Arts Grant (funding for the planning and implementation of arts-based projects)
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Fall Season Sundays at 3 PM

Manhattan Short Film Festival You Be The Judge! Friday September 28, 2018 at 8PM
At The Palace Danbury
September 28 at 8 P.M.

Danbury Museum and Historical Society
Summer exhibit
Danbury Farmers Market Saturdays 10 - 2 On the Green

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There is always something happening throughout the city:
Danbury Museum & Historical Society

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Public Library

At Western Connecticut State University:
University Events

In the Neighboring 12 Towns:

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

Long Term Exhibits

Until Sept. 28

Gallery at Still River Editions 128 East Liberty Street
Nancy Lasar, "Flux and Flow: Unique Techniques and Collaborations"

Until Oct 14

Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension
The Real Unreal: Realism Now Featuring four artists whose work demonstrates a realistic and traditional painting style, while substituting subject matter with more compelling critiques on today’s culture and society. Participating Artists: Mia Brownell, Leeah Joo, Jenifer Knaus and Nathan Lewis. Curated by Jane Rainwater.

Until Nov.

Gallery @287, 287 Main Street
EMERGE~ works by Hannah Munroe
Opening Party August 10, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM RSVP


The IN VIEW project is a collaboration between property owners in downtown Danbury Connecticut and area emerging artist who seek a venue to exhibit work.
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In transition
The Trailer Box Project 15 Great Pasture Rd.
Accessible Art
Filosa/Hancock Hall 31 Staples Street

Mothership Bakery & Cafe 331 Main Street

Danbury City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue

CityCenter Danbury 268 Main Street

Hodge Insurance Agency 283 Main Street

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe 274 Main Street

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury

Also in the Accessible Series
Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT

Art & Frame, 60 Newtown Road

Funding Opportunities

State of Connecticut:
Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF): CAEF grants are unrestricted. Grantees may apply the grant funds toward programming, administrative/operational costs, capital projects, equipment or to build their own endowments, etc.
DEADLINE on or before 11:59 pm on December 15, 2018.
SBD Foundation: The Grants Committee meets once a year to review requests. To apply for a grant, an eligible organization must submit a completed application by September 28, 2018. Make sure to review the application's checklist and include all of the elements listed on the application.

Walmart Community Grant Program: Funding 1. access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences or 2. after school enrichment. DECEMBER DEADLINE

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Oct - Dec 2013

Danbury, Conn.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

October 12, 13, and 14 is the time to be at the PAL building 35 Hayestown Road, across from the Town Park for the Annual Friends of the Danbury Book sale. This year there are over 80,000 items in 60 categories to browse. From Antiques to DVD's stop by and shop at this excellent event. Beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday those early birds pay $10 admission for first crack at the treasures. And at 10:00 A.M. and for the rest of the weekend admission is free to all. On Sunday books drop to 1/2 price and by Columbus Day books will be $5.00 by the bag full. 

As an added bonus this year on Saturday between 1 and 3, there is a book singing with Bill Devlin and Herb Janick authors of Danbury's Third Century. And for the first time Credit cards are accepted for purchases. Stop over and support the Danbury Public Library through your purchases. Who knows what values you'll find.    

what is to come?

The Danbury Music Centre returns this season with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. In conjunction with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and 200 dancers from the greater Danbury area in this fully staged, costumed production. Arthur Fredrick is Artistic Director and Choreographer and Ariel Rudiakov is musical director and conducts the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. Tickets go on sale November 21st and traditionally sell out fast but you may select seats early by mail.  Check the Music Centre website for details. http://www.danbury.org/MusicCtr/calendar.htm

First Night Danbury 2012-2013, enjoying its 23rd year as a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, salutes “Danbury Fare.” The pun is intended, with memories of Danbury’s historic and iconic “Fair” along with recognition of our City’s “Fare,” continuing to develop and service within our CityCenter downtown hub. First Night takes place on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Danbury downtown venues, all within easy walking distance. http://www.firstnightdanbury.org/ 

Among the many events at the Palace Danbury is "The Great Danbury Fair Revue" October 12th at 7:30. Be prepared for music, memories, and more when Billy Michael and his Cavalcade of Stars take a nostalgic look at the most beloved fair in America. Although you may shed a tear or two, they guarantee you'll leave smiling. Find information about everything going on at the Palace connect to their website. http://www.thepalacedanbury.com/ 

loosing a gallery space

The Mercurial Gallery at 11 Library Place, in the heart of Downtown Danbury, will be closing its doors following this latest show Undone. For over four years Amanda Bloom has brought wonderful and interesting exhibits to the space off Main Street but the time has come to move on to new adventures. But keep your eyes open for an occasional 'Pop-up' show. Thank you, Amanda, for all your efforts showcasing the arts in the City and beyond. We look forward to your next projects.

a message to our supporters

For over 45 years the Danbury Cultural Commission has supported and promoted arts and culture in Danbury. We are a part of the city which nurtures creative and aesthetic projects which support economic stability and a full quality of life. Danbury is one of the “Best Cities in America” in part because the Cultural Commission finds new talent and supports existing outlets.

gallery spaces full of visual art

The Trailer Box is again presenting works at their location at the Arts Project Space at Jim Felice Studios 15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15 Danbury, Connecticut 06810. The current show at the Trailer Box Gallery, “Sculpture 2013” Dave Gesualdi & Bob Keating, will be open, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12pm - 5pm Thru Nov. 2.  Find additional details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrailerBoxGallery

craft fair season throughout New England and Danbury has its share of events

An Art Trunk at the Sheraton, 745 Baywood Dr. Danbury, the Fall Craft Fair at St. Gregory the Great, a Holiday Spectacular Arts & Crafts Showcase at the Ethan Allen Hotel/Conference Ctr, 21 Lake Ave. Danbury and the Connecticut Handcrafted Holiday Expo at O'Neil Center Western CT State Univ., University Blvd. are only a few of the events. In addition there is The Holidays juried Craft Show November 23rd at the PAL Center with some of the finest Crafters and Artists in the area showing handmade merchandise. Check the Commission web site, DanburyArts.com, for updates and details.

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CityCenter hosted the Taste of Danbury with vendors arrayed throughout the Downtown green Musical events added to the excitement and festive atmosphere.


At the Richter Association for the Arts in September, the Berkshire Big Band played outdoors and the audience called it "Fantastic". On the 22nd A musical lecture by Charles Berger, “From Classical to Popsical” discussing the use of classical melodies in popular music. And the juried art show set up and exhibited to round out the month.

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Music at the Heirloom
This month more than 8 bands will be performing at the 155 Main Street Danbury concert hall and art gallery. Even more is planned for the rest of the year. Check their website for performance details.




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The Commission supports 40 Arts producers throughout
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Danbury has 4 museums, 10 art galleries, 9 performance spaces, 5 music groups and 10 cultural organizations a University and  a dozen arts schools.


Artists, looking for assistance from the Danbury Cultural Commission? Our Grant application is available on-line to fill out and print in your office. Send the completed forms us. E-Mail with questions. Or call. We meet the fourth Monday most months.


Danbury Museum and Historical Society hosts the 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar! Nov. 30th to Dec. 21st .Visit the web site for more info! http://www.danburymuseum.org



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