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* Artisan Abound 

Danbury Main Street Fair
Saturday, Sept 23


From artisanal chocolate to handmade jewelry, tabletop sculpture, miniatures for the dollhouse, and more, the premier Danbury Artisan Street Fair promises an end-of-summer shopping spree that will delight the entire family. The Danbury Artisans Street Fair, featuring twenty creators of original work from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00am to 5:00pm, on Danbury's Main Street between White and West Streets. Main Street merchants will also offer discounted goods and Fair specials in front of their shops, creating a festive and colorful, people-watching event that will surely celebrate the arrival of the Fall season.

 "Our goal is to produce a show that provides each exhibitor the opportunity to show his or her talent in an urban setting and to its best advantage, to support the purchase of original fine art and hand-made craft, and to foster art appreciation," says PJ Prunty, CityCenter Danbury's Executive Director. Lisa Scails, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, adds "There's lots of excitement already from participating vendors and merchants about this event. We are pleased to present this festive event with CityCenter Danbury for the community and visitors, and most importantly, we're planning lots of fun."
Presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and CityCenter Danbury, the Danbury Artisan Street Fair is sponsored by Union Savings Bank and Danbury Cultural Commission. Production partners include Sofar Danbury, Workspace Collective, Danbury Parking Authority, Chris Plaisted Design, New Fairfield Press, and The City of Danbury. The Artist Green Room is supported by Hat City Market and Mothership on Main Bakery & Cafe.

With affordable, quality handmade art and craft, Indie Music produced by Sofar, an art display hosted by Danbury Music Centre, Food Trucks, and games for the kids, the Danbury Artisan Street Fair is a weekend must-do. Parking is available nearby at the Bardo Garage, 10 Library Place.

For more information and to volunteer, Sync to the Link [info@cawct.org]  or call (203) 798 0760


Vintage train to the pumpkin patch!

Fun for the whole family! 2017 brings traditional and new.  

Saturday, October 14, 21 & 28, Trains hourly, 10:30 - 3:30 
Sunday, October 15, 22 & 29, Trains hourly, 12:30 - 3:30

Admission: $12 age 2 and over (under 24 months, free) Ride a vintage train to our pumpkin patch! 3 Weekends in October.

  • Free pumpkin for every child
  • Free cider and cookies
  • Ride a vintage train through our railyard
  • See our restored 1903 station and railyard
  • Look at our displays and operating layouts
  • Explore inside real trains
  • Coloring station, temporary tattoos, and more 


Costumes encouraged! 

No reservations required. The Event will be held rain or shine. Call the Museum at 203.778.8337 for more information.

There is additional parking at Patriot Garage, across from the Museum. 

All equipment and events subject to change.


* Autumn Arts

Juried Art Show

Open to all artists, Richter Association for the Arts member or not. If you would like to exhibit, receiving is Monday, Oct. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. 
All you have to do is fill out the proper forms to prepare an entry for exhibition. Categories include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, fiber arts, pastel, drawings, graphics, photography, and sculpture. Many cash prizes will be awarded. Since it was a big success last year, we will once again, have a student category with area high school and college students participating. The entry form is available at http://www.richterarts.org/art-show.html

Music and More For Fall 

Margarita NullerThe Richter Association for the Arts is more than visual art. They have begun their Fall series, which continues through October. This weekend, Margarita Nuller, performs a special piano concert. Ms. Nuller has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area and New England. Ms. Nuller presented her debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City as a winner of Artist International Auditions. Her CD of Russian music was released on LÁrt label in 2003. 

The entire music season contains: 
  • Sept. 24 Margarita Nuller
  • Oct.  1 Zoe Lonsinger
  • Oct.  8 Hank Milligan
  • Oct. 22 Harmonia Chamber Players
  • Oct. 29 Vladimiroff Trio
Events are mostly on Sundays at 3pm. Sync to the Link [http://www.richterarts.org] for a complete list

Playing the Palace Danbury

Music & Film for Fun 

The Palace Danbury Loby
This Week
, packing the Palace Danbury is multi-platinum recording artist Al Stewart performing up close and acoustic at The Palace on Friday, September 22.
A master singer-songwriter, Stewart came to musical prominence with back to back platinum albums, Year Of the Cat in 1976 and 1978’s Time Passages. A self professed history buff, his music often combines folk-rock music with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events of history.

And the rest of the autumn is full of film and music to suit any taste. Here is the list of events: 
 Sync to the Link [https://tickets.thepalacedanbury.com/] for tickets and additional information. Most start start times are 8:00 P.M. The Palace Danbury, a performance fixture since 1928, is located at 165 Main Street  Danbury CT  06810.  

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A Glimpse of what's happening this week from the Danbury Cultural Commission

Thu. Sept. 21 , 2017 

11:00am - 2:00pm Downtown Chow Down - CityCenter Danbury
Where: Kennedy Park, Kennedy Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: The City of Danbury and CityCenter Danbury are proud to present the Downtown Chow-Down!
Be there for food, games, and music at Kennedy Park every Thursday between July 13th and September 28th from 11am-2pm!

 Sat. Sept. 23, 2017 

8:00pm - 9:30pm Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Theatre, 165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: A very special evening of songs and stories with Al Stewart. 
Stewart came to stardom as part of the folk revival of the late 60’s and 70’s, and developed his own distinctive style of combining folk-rock music with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events of history. 
He is best known for his # 1 Hit Year Of The Cat from the platinum album of the same name, and his follow up album, Time Passages, which also went platinum.
Sync to the Link [https://tickets.thepalacedanbury.com/

Sun. Sept. 24, 2017

3:00pm - 5:00pm * Margarita Nuller  piano concert - Richter Association for the Arts Fall 2017 season
Where: Richter Association for the Arts 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury, Connecticut 06811, USA
Description: A soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area and in New England. Margarita Nuller has also played recitals in Brazil, Russia, Spain, and Portugal. Ms. Nuller played her debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a winner of the Artist International Auditions.

3pm – 5pm Paint Night at the Park - Ives Concert Park
Where: Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06811, USA 
Description: Sip on delicious wines selected by Max Wine & Spirits while you create your masterpiece with step by step instruction from an experienced Pottery Factory instructor.  A fun afternoon of art and wine under cover on the Ives stage.  
Must be 21 or older. Tickets: $49 

Thu. Sept. 28, 2017 

11:00am - 2:00pm Downtown Chow Down - CityCenter Danbury
Where: Kennedy Park, Kennedy Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: The City of Danbury and CityCenter Danbury are proud to present the Downtown Chow-Down!
Be there for food, games, and music at Kennedy Park every Thursday between July 13th and September 28th from 11am-2pm!

7:30pm - 9:30pm Manhattan Short Film Festival - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Theatre, 165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: You Be the Judge!  The 20th Annual Festival represents the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2017.  
The Final 10 are: Do No Harm (New Zealand), Behind (Spain), Fickle Bickle (USA), Hope Dies Last (United Kingdom) The Perfect Day (Spain), Just Go! (Latvia), Mare Nostrum (Syria), Viola, Franca (Italy), In a Nutshell (Switzerland), and 8 Minutes (Georgia). x
Cinemagoers will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor.

Fri. Sept. 29, 2017 

5:30pm - 8:30pm Opening Reception IMAGININGS by Robert CrawfordCultural Alliance of Western Connecticut 
Where:  @287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury Connecticut
Description: A solo exhibition of Robert Crawford's works with a free reception to the public from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The event will also feature live music, nibbles from Pour Me Cafe, and prints for sale. For reservations, Sync to the Link http://bit.ly/imaginings287gallery or call 203-798-0760

Sun. Oct. 1, 2017

3:00pm - 5:00pm * Zoe Lonsinger  violinist - Richter Association for the Arts Fall 2017 season
Where: Richter Association for the Arts 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury, Connecticut 06811, USA
Description: Twelve year old violinist Zoe Lonsinger returns by popular request for a performance.This young violinist was a scholarship recipient for the International Music Festival and Institute in 2013 and First Prize winner in 2015 of the eMuse Online Music Competition

*Sponsored, in part, by the Danbury Cultural Commission 
Craft Vendors are needed for the 13th annual PUMPKIN FESTIVAL to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Danbury United Methodist Church. 
The church is just off exit 5 of I-84 at 5 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT.
The PUMPKIN FESTIVAL craft vendor space is limited and the fee is $50. Complimentary valet parking with unloading and loading assistance is available for vendors. 
All craft vendor spaces are first come, first served.  
The very successful 2016 festival included 22 craft vendors, 2magic shows by the Magic 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!
For more information and an application, visit www.DanburyMethodist.org or contact the church office at 203-743-1503 or email DanburyUMC@sbcglobal.net

Grant Opportunities 

Target Field Trip Grants

Applications now till Oct. 1

field trip background

It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target launched Target Field Trip™ grants in 2007. Since then, they’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip.

field trip guidelines

As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.
Congratulations to Ellsworth Avenue School as a 2016 - 2017

Target Field Trip™ grant recipient.

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Richter Association for the Arts
Juried Art Show submissions
Receiving Monday, Oct. 2; 3-7p
Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Trans weekends in October
Join us for food, games, and music at Kennedy Park every Thursday between July 13th and September 28th from 11am-2pm!

  The Danbury Museum The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call 
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There is always something happening throughout the city:
Danbury Museum & Historical Society
The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call
This exhibit focuses Danbury's contributions at home and abroad during World War I.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Armistice Day, November 11, 2017.

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Public Library 

At Western Connecticut State University: 
University Events
In the Neighboring 12 Towns: 

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut 


closed until further notice

Military Museum of So. New England 

Long Term Exhibits


Until Sept 29


Gallery at Still River Editions 128 E Liberty St,
Connecticut: Morning, Noon & Night Photographs by Allegra Anderson, Stacy Bass, Mike Cohen,  Adam Coppola, Ron DiLaurenzio, Ronald Glassman, Nancy Hill, Barry Hyman, Robert Lisak, Christopher Rakoczy, Mark Savoia, Edwina Stevenson, Catherine Vanaria, Carl Vernlund, Peter Wnek, and Gale Zucker.
Each photographer is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.  


Accessible Art

Until Oct 20  

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts 293 Main Street
Susan Keown  Susan says, "I gather parts of my life through painted and drawn papers, discarded and found objects  As a life is woven together, balanced with many parts, I combine these pieces together to form my coherent visions."  

Filosa/Hancock Hall  31 Staples Street
Scott Lewis - Interested in photography and travel, the exhibit draws a on creative background in film making and writing to create narrative images. 

Mothership Bakery & Cafe 331 Main Street 
Karin Mansberg - "We see the world how we want to, and perhaps, not as it is. My art is an extension of my own reality or lack thereof.", says Karin. 

Danbury City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue
Stephanie Safarik - photography Most of her work is concentrated around water since that is where she feels the most alive yet  peaceful. 

CityCenter Danbury 268 Main Street
Katie Tynan Helu - Ceramic artist and potter. Pieces are never exactly alike, but each piece carries an essence from the potter's hand.  
Gary Stanford - Photographer. Gary says "My purpose as a photographer is to depict the world around me and to offer my interpretation of that event."

Hodge Insurance Agency 283 Main Street
Helga Ruopp "I seek to capture 'innocence' and 'beauty' in everyday sightings using the  colors of  nature.", Helga notes. 

Danbury Public Library 170 Main Street
Chris Plaisted  - Chris believes the opposing materials, forms, or colors in the work, intensify each element's properties to produce a more dynamic form of expression..   

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe 274 Main Street
Joseph Annino - Diffractions, each piece results in varying moods and impressions as lines and forms "diffract" through the aperture of the mind of the viewer. 

Also in the Accessible Series
Cynthia O'Connor, photographer. Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT



The Trailer Box Project 15 Great Pasture Rd. 
Sculpture of Juan Bordes now on display




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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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
the City.


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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