The Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council’s Bridgeport Heroes poster series is a tribute to a the people who have made history in Park City “and whose influence in many cases was felt far and wide.”
Graphic designer Greg Chinn, who designed the BACC’s branding — logo, website, etc., — “rendered each person’s story in a dynamic, colorful way.”
“The posters are works of art in their own right deserving of display in schools, libraries, and other community settings,” says the notice from the BACC.
These depictions of a dozen historical figures will help reinforce a sense of achievement and of civic pride in Bridgeport and are sure to spark universal respect and awe in people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council created the posters in cooperation with the Bridgeport Library’s History Center. Over the next few weeks we will be posting each of our Bridgeport Heroes with a short bio about their impact on Bridgeport.
Not everyone is impressed. Black Rock artist Michael Raleigh responded on Facebook:
No ill-will to the artist, but…I’m kind of slow, so let me get straight. A Fairfield-based artist who pays rent and taxes in Fairfield has been chosen to be the poster boy for Bridgeport art? What’s wrong with this picture? Apparently there are no no artists living, working and PAYING TAXES in Bridgeport who could have done this work? I anxiously await the answer to this question.
I first wrote about Mr. Chinn and his admirable work here. I was wondering when someone would notice the phrase “Fairfield-based.” So should the BACC restrict its creative work to people in Bridgeport proper? Or, like the symphony, is it concentrating on what is known as “greater Bridgeport?”
It would appear to be the latter, and its mission is spelled out on its home page: “Serving the Cultural Organizations, Artists and Audiences that Contribute to the Creative and Economic Vitality of Bridgeport and the Region.”
Does the Fairfield Arts Council, when paying contractors, give preference to residents of Fairfield? I honestly do not know the answer.