Arts councils are notoriously contentious, but sometimes some clarification really is in order.
The Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council is holding a public meeting to “discuss the BACC mission and solicit ideas and concerns from artists and the community.”
Whether or not this is a direct reacton, this meeting follows some criticism from a Black Rock artist, going under the name “Phineas T Barnum” on Facebook, who is unhappy that their signage and website design, and now their Heroes poster series, has been handed to a designer who lives in neighboring Fairfield.This doesn’t violate BACC bylaws, as far as I know, but does this indicate the BACC is more of a regional concern? Their tagline refers to “Bridgeport and the Region,” but should local artists demand more loyalty?
Should the BACC hire and exhibit Bridgeport residents only? Say goodbye to the sculpture vault, if that’s the case. Or should the best talent be engaged as long as it in the cause of furthering the city’s arts scene? Even if that means bypassing, and possibly alienating, a squadron of artists within spitting distance.
Their leader, Kenneth R. Kahn, lives in Hartford, so right off the bat it doesn’t seem their mission limits them to engaging help from within our city limits.
This Connecticut Post story tells you about their stated mission and where their startup money comes from. Most funding comes from out of town, although it’s all from within the state. What were the expectations of these benefactors?
The meeting is a good chance to check out the Arts Council office in the Arcade, 1001-12 Main St, but more important, to talk about its place in the city’s arts community. The gathering is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22
Taking Names: BACC’s Bridgeport Artist Registry
Here’s an instance in which BACC is strictly thinking about Bridgeport.
If you’re an artist who lives or works in Bridgeport, the BACC is asking for up to five pix of your artwork and studio to firstname.lastname@example.org. They are putting together a registery which will be available online.
You are asked to include your name, one line about your work, web address and contact number/email.