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The Norwalk Art Space is a 501c3 non-profit organization which opened in June 2021 with the mission of increasing opportunities and equity in the local arts community. Our goal is to provide free high-caliber art and music education to under-served local students, and free exhibition space and studios to under-represented local artists. We want to enrich the local community and create a vibrant arts hub for the public to enjoy, with free admission to all events. Our beautiful building, ADK House, was named in honor of our founder Alexandra D. Korry, whose vision inspires everything we do.

​All donations from the 2023 ART BASH will be used to support our Art Education Program, which focuses on under-served middle school and high school students (ages 11-18) in Norwalk, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. The teachers of our Art Education Program are our very own Resident Artists and Korry Fellows.

 

Each year, we select a cohort of eight artists from the local area; four early-career "emerging" artists to participate in our Resident Artist Program and four established, mid-career artists for our Korry Fellow Program. Selection is based on the quality of artwork, interest in giving back to the community and working with youth, and numerous other criteria, all viewed through a DEI lens. Our goal is to have each year's cohort of eight artists be majority female and majority people of color. 

 

The Resident Artists (RAs) are the core of our Art Education Program and the principal teachers of our free weekly art classes. Each Resident Artist receives a free, private art studio within our facility for one year and free exhibition space in our stunning gallery and cafe. In return, each RA teaches three different classes during the year - one during our summer session (5 weeks long) and one in each of the fall and spring semesters (9-10 weeks long). The RAs design their own curriculum in collaboration with our Educational Co-Directors and Korry Fellows, with the aim of supplementing and building on the art programs in the public school system. 

 

The more experienced Korry Fellows act as mentors for the Resident Artists and teach single-day workshops for students and/or the general public. Each Korry Fellow curates his/her own 8-week exhibition in our gallery, with the support of our Artistic & Educational Director. The workshops are based around each Korry Fellow’s exhibition and area of expertise. Most workshops are limited to 10 students, allowing time for personal interaction between students and experienced professional artists.    

 

Our weekly art classes are limited to 10-12 students, so we have the capability to serve up to 48 students per semester/session. Music classes range from 6-10 students, for a total of approximately 35 students per semester/session. In total, we will have nearly 300 available spots in classes and workshops in the coming year. 

 

The benefits to both our Resident Artists and students from our Art Education Program are enormous. Our small class sizes allow Resident Artists to gain teaching experience in a low-stress environment while offering personalized instruction to each student. The RAs have a full year in which to practice and improve their art skills, exhibit their work, learn from our more experienced Korry Fellows and gain teaching experience to add to their resumes. The students receive high-quality art instruction, completely free, and access to a community of artists offering support and mentorship. Students have the opportunity to experiment with different art styles and media, learn about career options in the arts, and enjoy cultural events in a welcoming and inclusive space.

ADVISORY BOARD

 

MARC ALAN - NORWALK ARTS COMMISSION

 

PAULA ARGOSH - ARTWORKS COLLECTIVE

 

ERIC BERNHEIM - FLB LAW

 

JANET EVELYN - NORWALK INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE

 

SUSAN GILGORE - LOCKWOOD-MATHEWS MANSION MUSEUM

 

DAVID GREEN - CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY

 

BRIAN GRIFFIN - GREATER NORWALK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

KIMBERLY HENRIKSON - CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING

 

RICK HOAG - FREDERICK WILLIAM HOAG ARCHITECT

 

DIANE JELLERETTE - NORWALK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

JENNIFER KATONA - 3 LOOMS CREATIVE EDUCATION CONSULTING

 

HELEN KAUDER - IMMEDIATE PAST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN

 

ROBERT KETTENMANN - DR BANK

 

RICHARD KLEIN - THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

 

ROBIN PANOVKA*

 

RUTH MANNES - MOCA WESTPORT

 

SHOBANA MANI - SUBRAMANI LABEL + FASHION IMPACT FOUNDATION

 

SANDRA MIKLAVE - NORWALK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

JOHN MONTOYA - BUSINESS CAPITAL TECHNOLOGY CIT GROUP

 

RUTH RATHBLOTT - HARLEM EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FUND, INC.

 

STEPHANIE THOMAS

 

ISAAC WALCOTT - FAIRFIELD COUNTY BANK

 

KRISTINA AND JOHN WEINMAN - CHARLES H WEINMAN FOUNDATION

 

DAVID WESTMORELAND - NORWALK REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY COMMISSION

 

RYAN WIEDMANN - GLOBAL BRAND MARKETING LEADER

 

MARILYN WILES-KETTENMANN - LITERACY & LEARNING CONSULTANT

 

WENDY WINNICK-BASKIN - WWBASKIN SENIOR ADVISORY SERVICES

 

* Alexandra Korry (1959-2020), Founder; Robin Panovka, Chairman

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