Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut Seeks Art Entries for 2017 Accessible Art Project

Report by Paula Antolini
December 13, 2016 6:29PM EDT



Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut Seeks Art Entries for 2017 Accessible Art Project

Deadline for Entries is Monday, January 9, 2016

“…the one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives…”

– information architect Steve Krug

Accessible: “The quality of being easily understood or appreciated”




The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is seeking art entries for the Accessible Art Project 2017, which celebrates its 9th year of showcasing artists who live and work in Western Connecticut in a year-long, multi-site series of exhibitions. Primarily wall space for two dimensional work will be made available by various venues who will host more than 30 exhibitions in Danbury and Bethel throughout the year.  Storefront windows for art installations are a consideration as well.


The Accessible Art Project is a collaboration between the Cultural Alliance, public and private venues, and artists. Its intent is to provide opportunity for artists to show work in alternative spaces and to make art more accessible to the general public. It is also a way for business leaders to leverage creative talent to promote economic development and bring life to downtown communities.


The Project is open to all artists 18 years old and up, and artists are required to be a current member of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut to participate. Artists must have transportation and be available during normal business hours, and they must have the ability to hang/install and breakdown their exhibit. (This includes materials and human resources.) The annual membership fee to the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, which provides for the organization’s extensive marketing and promotions services, is $45.00. Online payments are accepted at http://bit.ly/cawcmembership  or by check made payable and sent to: Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut (CAWC) 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT. 06810 For additional information call (203) 798 0760


Artists may submit a minimum of four (4) sample images, up to a maximum of 12 pieces. A jury chosen from the local arts community, participating venues, and the community-at-large will review submissions and will select artists based on the entries submitted. The jury’s decision is final.  Artists are then matched with selected locations to exhibit for approximately 6 to 8 weeks.The artists will be notified of the date and location of their exhibition in advance. Artists may be selected for a solo show or as part of a group show, and artists may also be chosen for more than one location.


Artists may apply by visiting http://bit.ly/1MpJxNA


The deadline for entries is Monday, January 9th, 2017 Any submissions after that will be put on file for future review.


The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. It is supported by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations. Phone: (203) 798 0760. www.artswesternct.org