Subject: Calls for Artists: Carriage Barn's SPECTRUM + Public Art Opportunities in Bridgeport

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The City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) are calling artists to Downtown Bridgeport. We are already “Colorful Bridgeport,” and YOU can make it more so by sharing your skill, your imagination, and your inspiration to help transform the city’s center into an expression of art itself.

Thanks to our private partners, we have twelve sites ready to go. We’re open to all ideas and to all formats and media that you might propose. Download the complete Call for Artists from our website here, or request a printed copy by contacting the offices of the DSSD: 938 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604; by phone at (203) 908-3622 or send an email here. See below for details on available sites, how to express your interest, and more! 

Downtown Bridgeport, the City’s fastest growing neighborhood, represents and serves a diverse tapestry of the wider Bridgeport community. The public parks and independently-owned restaurants and shops that populate the neighborhood create connection points that foster the sense of community so special to the Downtown and the city.

The Color It In Public Art Project aspires to activate different sites as a means to service and enhance the experience of residents, workers, and visitors to Downtown, while welcoming them to explore different areas of the district. We seek and encourage artists from all backgrounds and from all levels of experience and engagement, artists whose work can create multi-functional spaces that encourage lingering time in the district and at local businesses, while offering an amenity for Downtown residents, workers, and visitors.

The Opportunity: Thanks to our private partners, we have twelve sites ready to go. Some of them are pretty big. Don’t worry; though it certainly may, the artwork doesn’t necessarily have to cover the complete surface of any particular wall. Some sites also come with adjacent open space that can be incorporated into the art, as well. We’re open to all ideas and to all formats and media that you might propose: paintings, drawings, prints, panels, photographs, projected images, lighted, interactive, immersive, three-dimensional, animated, sculpted, electronic, web-based, even performance-based.

Take a Look! Download the complete Call for Artists here to see the walls and spaces with dimensions for where the artwork should be placed: 
  1. The Archive and Film Chest Building. Location: 118 Congress Street (at the corner of Housatonic Avenue)
  2. The Former Azteca Restaurant. Location: 1330-1336 Main Street (at the corner of Congress Street)
  3. 1188 Lofts & The Dillon. Location: 1207 Middle Street and 1136 Main Street (at the corner of Gold Street)
  4. Post Office Square. Location: 1126 Main Street (adjacent to the open green space)
  5. Colorblends Building: The NBA Lab Gallery and the South Wall (two different wall opportunities). Location: 1163 Main Street (at the corner of Elm Street)
  6. Salvation Army Building. Location: 30 Elm Street (blue wall facing East toward Main Street)
  7. Tiny Cellar (Wine Shop) and Aunt Spazz (Wreck Room). Location: 56 Fairfield Avenue (at the corner of Middle Street)
  8. Murphy’s Law Building. Location: 239 Fairfield Avenue (at the corner of Broad Street)
  9. Trattoria A Vucchella Building. Location: 272 Fairfield Avenue (across from the Bijou Theatre)
  10. The Quill Group and Atlantic Engineering Buildings. Location: 525 John Street (at the corner of West Avenue)
  11. Court Exchange Building. Location: 211 State Street (at the corner of Broad Street)
  12. Read’s Artspace Building. Location: 1042 Broad Street (at the corner of John Street and colorful Peacock Alley)
Thank you, artists! We’re looking forward to the work.

How to Express Your Interest: We ask you simply to introduce yourself, share your work, and to tell us what kind of art you’d like to bring to Downtown. Specifically, we ask you to share: 
  • Your contact information
  • Links to your online portfolio or images of your work
  • A general description or depiction of the art you’d like to create, and at which location(s)
We will be hosting an information session and walk of the various sites on Friday, April 15, 2022 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Contact Julio Pardo at to RSVP. 

We’re taking expressions of interest on a rolling basis until Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2:00pm. Send us your response via email to or mail a hardcopy to the Bridgeport DSSD office: 938 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Any questions can be referred to Julio Pardo at or phone to (203) 908-3622.

The Contract: Artists will be contracted by the City and will be compensated as per negotiated agreements that will recognize the value of unique works of art and that will be supportive of artists as entrepreneurs. The City will require artists to carry general liability insurance and will recognize that cost. The City will also pay for equipment rental.

Thank you, artists! We’re looking forward to the work.
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