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Fairfield County Cultural Alliance Hosts Art 'Space Summit' in Bridgeport

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will host "Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy," a one-day "Space Summit," on Saturday at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will host "Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy," a one-day "Space Summit," on Saturday at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: bijoutheatre.com
Wes Haynes, project director for Making Places at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will be the keynote speaker at the "Space Summit" on Saturday.
Wes Haynes, project director for Making Places at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will be the keynote speaker at the "Space Summit" on Saturday. Photo Credit: Linkedin

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will host "Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy," a one-day "Space Summit," on Saturday at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wes Haynes, project director for Making Places at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will be the keynote speaker.

The summit is being held in response to calls for action by the cultural community of Fairfield County to bring unused space -- or underused space -- from throughout the region into more productive use for artists, cultural nonprofits and others in the community, according to a release from the Cultural Alliance.

Speakers throughout the day will share existing examples of positive, creative use of spaces, as well as address remaining challenges and possible solutions to the many unresolved space issues and needs within the arts and culture community, the release said.

The guiding principles of the day will be those of creativity, affordability  and sustainability in the cultural community's search for spaces in which to live, work, show, create and perform creative work.

There will be a post-summit reception at 5 p.m. at the renovated Harral Security Wheeler Building, 1115 Main St., Bridgeport, courtesy Bridgeport Historic Ventures.

The summit is free, but reservations are requested. Click here for the day's agenda and to register.

There will be a post-summit reception at 5 p.m. at the renovated Harral Security Wheeler Building, 1115 Main St., Bridgeport, courtesy Bridgeport Historic Ventures.

The Cultural Alliance is hosting the event in partnership with the Kuchma Cooperation and Spinnaker Real Estate.

Haynes is a Stamford native with more than 35 years in historic preservation. He served as a historic preservation specialist with the Ehrenkrantz Group, Architects and Planners, where he co-authored the master plan for the restoration of the New York State Capitol in Albany and prepared the historic resource inventory for the restoration of Central Park.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and has close to 500 members, comprised of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, creative businesses, artists, libraries and municipalities.

The mission of the organization is to support its membership - and the cultural sector - by providing promotion, services and advocacy.

The Bijou Theatre is at 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

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