Finally, the story we’ve been waiting for.
Buried deep down inside today’s Connecticut Post, Advocate and Greenwich Time is Phyllis Boros’ interview with Kenneth R. Kahn, the new “art czar” for Bridgeport. It’s not online yet, and the section itself was stuck behind two Classified sections and an advertising insert, so you might have missed it.
Luckily, we designed the page with lots of color, made possible by Autumn Driscoll’s terrific portrait. (I even deleted the main headline because it covered up the painting that Mr. Kahn was posing by.) So there’s a chance you’ll find today’s Pulse despite our best efforts to hide it.
Mr. Kahn tells Pulse that he’s a man “on a mission” to trumpet Bridgeport’s culture and arts. He was appointed by the Arts & Cultural Council to find funding for Bridgeport’s little world of art and culture. In Hartford, where he held a similar position for 10 years, he raised millions.
His first job will to get crucial 501 (c) (3) tax status — foundations won’t send grant money your way without it. He is also opening a storefront space — his sites are set on the Arcade — to maintain a public presence. In a city full of less-than-transparent nonprofits, I like the way he thinks.
This welcome center would also host juried exhibits and small concerts.
The council’s board would expand from seven to 11 members, under Mr. Kahn’s vision, with fundraising goals of $200,000 by their third year. He says these are all “doable deeds.”