Subject: Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Holding a One Day Summit on "Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy"

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October 19, 2016
Media Contact:
Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, in partnership with the Kuchma Corporation and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, is pleased to announce a one-day Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy "Space Summit" happening on November 12th in Bridgeport, CT

Norwalk, CT - The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC), in partnership with the Kuchma Corporation and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, is pleased to announce a one-day "Space Summit," Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy, on Saturday, November 12th at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 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. 

David Green, Director of Programs & Membership for CAFC, explained that this is a long-awaited opportunity to bring together the many parties that could creatively find ways to more effectively use the rich stock of real estate in our region to its full potential, helping to stimulate more economic growth for our towns and cities. David commented that “We firmly intend to build an action agenda out of this meeting to see how the many parties can work together to create better solutions for the use of space in our communities."

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 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. The range of speakers will include artists, developers, gallery directors, landlords, business owners, economic development officers, and representatives from government, foundations, nonprofits and corporations. 

Panel session topics include: 
  • Temporary Transformations of Commercial Space
  • From Spaces to Places - Connecting to Community
  • Sharing Spaces & Services
  • Incentives to Release Commercial Space for Cultural Use
Confirmed speakers to date include:
  • Fernando Luis Alvarez, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford
  • Margaret Bodell, Southington Community Cultural Arts
  • Tod Bryant, Norwalk Preservation Trust, Norwalk
  • Anita Durst, Chashama, Bridgeport
  • Richard Epstein, Westport Arts Advisory & WPKN Board, Westport & Bridgeport
  • Marcella Kovac, Bananaland, Bridgeport
  • Phil Kuchma, Kuchma Corporation, Bridgeport
  • Jackie Lightfield, Norwalk 2.0 & Stamford Partnership, Norwalk & Stamford
  • Brechin Morgan, Artist, American Fabrics Arts Building, Bridgeport
  • Kim Morque, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, Bridgeport & Norwalk
  • Dawn Reshen-Doty, Benay Enterprises, Danbury
  • Peter Propp and/or Barry Schwimmer, Stamford Innovation Center, Stamford
  • Richard Wenning, Be Foundation and SpreadMusicNow, Redding
  • Jahmane West, Artist, Norwalk
  • Erin Wilson, Dept. of Economic Development, CIty of Torrington
A special feature will be a demonstration of SpaceFinder, an online database developed by FracturedAtlas that brings those with space and those looking for space together. SpaceFinder Connecticut will be made available shortly through the generous support of the Connecticut Office of the Arts

The Bijou Theatre, is located in the heart of downtown Bridgeport, at 275 Fairfield Ave.There is adequate garaged parking across the street. Morning coffee and refreshments will be provided courtesy of Trattoria 'A Vucchella. There will be a post-summit reception at 5pm, at the renovated Harral Security Wheeler (HSW) Building, 1115 Main Street, Bridgeport, courtesy Bridgeport Historic Ventures, a Joint Venture of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners and Trefz Corp.

The Summit is free of charge but reservations are requested HERE. 
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, 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. CAFC maintains the region’s most comprehensive online event calendar for all things arts & culture, CAFC is also one of the State of Connecticut, Office of the Arts's (COA), "Designated Regional Service Organizations," which are directed to develop, convene, and sustain the arts industry, develop cross-sector relationships, and provide support for specific COA programs and services. 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Bangser, or 203.256.2329

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is supported, in part, by:
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
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